So I recently had a bad clog to which I had a plumbing company come out and clear out. A part of the process is looking at the finished job on their sewer camera. Our sewer line is made from clay pipes and our clog was due to many roots penetrating in. The clay pipes do have quite a bit of "stress cracks" and two spots that appear to actually be holes.
So now it is all cleared out, I am trying to think of the best way to prevent anything from happening again like this. Best being qualified as least expensive, but lasting for the rest of my life. I plan on owning this house for the rest of my life so would like to do it the correct way. As far as I know, my options are:
- Pour a product like RootX down the drain once a year to kill all roots that come in the pipe
- Hire a company to replace the pipe with PVC.
- Install a pipe liner, where they make an "epoxy pipe" inside the existing one.
So obviously I would like to not spend as much money as I can help. Will pouring RootX down the drain once a year be a long term solution or will the clay pipes eventually have other issues?
I only recently heard about lining a pipe from the inside which seems ideal for clay pipes like mine. They are rated for 50 years so would I have to replace the pipes anyways after 50 years?