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Collapsed drain water pipes: what to do?

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Joined: May 9 2009

Hi all,

I live in an atrium Eichler in Sunnyvale. We've had repeated stoppage problems with the kitchen sink, dish washer and washing machine (in the garage) for a little while now but the current one is the worse. The pipes seem to be 100% blocked even though 2 different plumbers were able to get a 100 feet snake through.

I am being told that the most likely scenario is that my drain pipe somewhere in the slab or under just collapsed and that I may need to jackhammer through the new flooring to find the problem and fix it.

Anyone lived though a similar situation? If yes, I'd love to know how you sorted it out.

Thanks for your advice.

Joined: Apr 20 2006

Shop around for an inexpensive Video Tour of your plumbing from the inside.  Three years ago we had a recurring problem at our Menlo Park Office.  For $250 we got a video of the inside of our drainage.  Our problem was a leaking  joint on City property with tree roots from a City tree.  Residential sewer videos may be less expensive than commercial video work.....the distances are much shorter.  Good luck.....sewer drainage problems might be worse than old roof problems.
Randy from Dura-Foam Roofing and Solar Center

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