Got a call from my partner Bill at 6:15 tonight and said he had a job that needed the sewer inspected. They had a national rooter company out a while back and said there was a separation at one of the joints and they wanted 5 grand to fix it. The home owner rented a jack hammer and busted up where they said the problem and nothing wrong in the 8ft of floor he busted up so he called to see if we could camera it and tell him where to break up before the rental had to be back Monday. We insert camera through rear outside clean-out push in 15ft and BAM wont budge. Couldn't go forward couldn't pull back the camera still showed the water running and could not figure why the thing was stuck. To make a long story short got the scout out and located where it was stuck and had the homeowner break up some more concrete to find that the cast had a crack/rot in the bottom of the pipe just wide enough for the ball guides to to fall down half way and wedge themselves in between the ribs of the balls and the split. 3 hours later finally had to bust the cast to get the balls loose. The worst part was with the water running it filled up the bottom of the pipe enough to make it seem like everything was normal but when it was stuck and the water off you could see the problem. The homeowner is going to have a long night ahead of him excavating so we can go back in the morning to replace the cast.
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Camera job turned into a nightmare