Posted on | March 29, 2011 | 18 Comments
We’re officially real homeowners. Raw has sewage backed up into the house, at least three times now? Who’s counting, really? This time it wasn’t because the pipes were frozen; it was the damn roots! How many times do we have to clean these freaking things out?
After my post in January, I got a lot of e-mails from neighbors explaining they have their pipes cleaned out every spring and fall due to root problems. They explained because our neighborhood is built on bedrock the roots have nowhere to go. At the coffee shop Monday morning, I swapped pipe war stories and used their bathroom. It seems we are not alone. So maybe this is the house initiating us or should I say, hazing us? You won’t break us!
This time we asked to have a camera sent down the pipes to find out what were really dealing with. Above the actual video of our pipes, edited by Greg—I know gross. But it’s worth a watch just to hear my pipe guy explain the problem in a great Mass accent. We have major roots where the our line meets the city connection. He couldn’t cut through the roots from my side so we were told to call the Marblehead Sewer Department. ASAP made a mark in the street where we have the problem; which is a couple feet from the manhole cover. Stay tuned…