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  • Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

    Is it Possible or has anyone out there ever broke a Pvc sewer pipe trying to unclog using a cable machine ?
    My opinion is if a newer construction ( New enough to have pvc sewer pipe ) Backups up in the first place there is something wrong with it, new pipes should not clog.

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    Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

    incorrect. new pipes will and can backup, depending on diet do work every 6 months at a 5000 sq ft home with 2 adults 2 children. every 6 months it is all geese and sludge. "very heavy geese veggie vegan diet"

    I jet clean and like clockwork every 6 months do it all over again. as far as the pipe it can be broken with a cable machine
    Sent From The StoolBus

    www.appletondrainandsewer.com

    Appleton WI, 54915
    1-920-284-7471

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    • #3
      Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

      You can't control what a HO will put in their drain pipes.

      As far as a PVC sewer being broken with a drain machine. If it is Sch. 40 pipe, I don't think so. Been running a K1500 for 8 years. O-berg, clay, CI, SDR, PVC. Never a problem.

      My previous boss, K1500 for 35+.He cleaned more sewers than you could ever imagine. I asked him the same question a long time ago . His reply, No, but If you did manage to break it, it needed to be dug up anyway.

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      • #4
        Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

        3" ABS stacks with a san tee as a clean out , yes a drain machine can break it... heck if you look at it wrong it will break. Other than that never broke a sewer pipe with a drain machine.
        Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
        A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
        Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
        Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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        • #5
          Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

          I've had too large a blade on my 3/8" cable and smashed up a fitting in an open bsmt ceiling.(1 1/2" pvc) I have had a mainline machine blow through 4" pvc.
          Once.
          It was thinwall pipe not allowed by code here for that.
          I went back after the dig and retrieved the fitting I went through
          and showed the H/O the remnants of the fitting vs. a proper sched. 40 fitting.
          He was no longer mad with us...

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          • #6
            Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

            rofl... I love the vegan grease post; I've had more than one tell me 'but I'm a vegearian, it can't be grease'

            why do they call it vegetable oil then?
            This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.

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            • #7
              Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

              Originally posted by Jay Mpls View Post
              I've had too large a blade on my 3/8" cable and smashed up a fitting in an open bsmt ceiling.(1 1/2" pvc) I have had a mainline machine blow through 4" pvc.
              Once.
              It was thinwall pipe not allowed by code here for that.
              I went back after the dig and retrieved the fitting I went through
              and showed the H/O the remnants of the fitting vs. a proper sched. 40 fitting.
              He was no longer mad with us...
              prefferd your other girl mpls!!!!!!!!!

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              • #8
                Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

                Originally posted by SewerRatz View Post
                3" ABS stacks with a san tee as a clean out , yes a drain machine can break it... heck if you look at it wrong it will break. Other than that never broke a sewer pipe with a drain machine.
                Poster asked if you could break a "PVC sewer pipe". National Standard Plumbing code defines "sewer" as beginning 3' outside the building. The lowest portion of drainage piping inside the building is the "Building drain" .

                Maybe I didn't realize what he was asking?

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                • #9
                  Re: Broken Pvc sewer Pipe question

                  We've fixed alot of PVC sewer lines that a rookie drain cleaner has went through. A perfect example is a new construction house that someone let concrete or a chunk of wood go down the line. It gets to a fitting and gets hung up, drain cleaner comes in and gets up to the blockage and goes right through the fitting.

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