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Thank you for your reply, Ricky's Popi .
Most of your questions were answered, either in person, or on the proposals. I totally agree with you that sometimes you have to pay more to get the job done right. We had an electrical company here for some projects. Some of their reviews have read "a little pricey, but they do great work". The bottom line is we trust them to take care of us. If that costs more, well, better than worrying if your house will catch on fire because I was looking for a bargain.
Since half the businesses said we do not need the new sewer line, I am holding off until I can do more research or get better recommendations about companies.
We had chosen one of the expensive companies to do the work. I told them to call me back the next day and I would give them an answer. I went straight to the BBB site and found they had an "F" rating. The BBB had posted an alert and an article that started with
The State Attorney General announced a lawsuit against Mr. Rooter for unfairly upselling services and providing substandard work.
It gave very intense examples of wrongdoing.
1. what is the material of the current sewer line?
2. what is the material of the proposed sewer line?
SDR 35 pipe
57 limestone gravel
3. what did the video show?
Most of the line is actually pretty good. There is a belly about a foot long that the companies were using as their justification -- that it caused buildup from the depression accumulating matter. The other companies said the belly is only 3/4 inch deep and would not have much effect.
4. what caused the sewer to back up?
The first company that cleared the line said it had paper towels, kleenex, and dryer sheets in it. I only saw a small amount. How do dryer sheets get in your sewer?
5. what is the fall (difference in elevation) from depth of sewer line at house exit to the depth of the municipal main line?
The line comes out of the house 8 feet below surface. It is 5 feet below surface at the street. This doesn't mean the line is going up. Our house is on a little hill.
6. what State do you live in and how severe are your winters?
I think the coldest it was this winter was around -15 , not counting chill factor. We had 10 inches of snow last week.
7. what is the distance from the house to the municipal main line?
It is about 70 feet to the road. But our line goes under the road and about another 50-70 feet into our neighbor's yard to meet the municipal main line. The estimates just include to the road. Only one company realized where our sewer line ended.
Jeff & Sue are the proud Momma and Daddy
of our precious Benjy born 11/22/2014.