For the last 2 days I’ve been without a bathroom. Thursday morning I flushed the toilet and it backed up into the tub.
Friday I went through a ton of Liquid Plumber and then bought a drain snake and tried to snake out the drain. To no avail.
Today the plumber came and cleared it out. For a while at least, because I have roots growing into the sewer line that goes right under the house.
Monday or Tuesday he’s coming back with his drain camera to see how bad the damage is.
Best case scenario, which he says has a 75% chance, is that they can salvage the pipes and just power flush and root kill the drains. Cost: $1,500.
Worst case scenario is the pipes are not salvageable and they’ll have to break up the concrete in the basement and replace the pipes. Estimated cost: $9,000. Right now, I wish I was a renter.
If I ever needed to inherit some money from a long-lost relative, this is the time.