I'm posting this here because it started as a draincleaning call. Customer/aquaintance just moved to an older home built in the 50's early 60's perhaps. Wife ran the clothes washer and the master bath started to flood. HO said the concrete floor in the bedroom had been patched before they tiled over it. He figured it must have been a plumbing repair. HO says he's not aware of any cleanout, so I look for one. Nothing visible; real shocker. So, I pull the closet in the master(turns out to be end of the run) and I'm looking at a PVC flange and 3" PVC piping. Ahhh.. This must have been the "repair". So, I send my camera down the line and before it leaves the bedroom, it goes back to CI. PVC was fairly clear, but not long after it goes CI, I'm underwater. Keep pushing and locating pipe. The line goes across the house, catches the guest bath and shoots out the side. The camera comes out of the water so that I do see a cleanout. Trying to locate it outside, it turns out the pipe and cleanout are now covered by a bumpout and an add on AC unit. Basically, cleanout is covered. So, I keep pushing until it's past the unit in the yard. At this point, it's 4" clay pipe. No problem. I cut in a 4" cleanout and start jetting. I haven't gone all that far when in addition to rust and scale, I'm pulling back dirt/sand. Set up the Ridgid shop vac at the cleanout to pull up the dirt and not plug up the sewer. Lots and lots of sand. Nozzle gets stuck about 15' in. Even with jetter off, dirt and sand are coming to the cleanout. I try looking with the camera, but so much water and gunk in the pipe, I can't see at all where there is a hole/crack. There's an opening somewhere, but I can't see good enough. I got the jetter going again and got it unstuck, but stopped jetting as it wasn't going to make things better. Based on what I've seen, if it were my house, I would: put wife in hotel or w/mother, cut open the floor and run a new line. This isn't what HO wants to hear, so if you guys have any advice or good suggestions, I'm open. Money hasn't been discussed yet, but I've busted my hump for a day and a half in the heat with this house, and to me, it doesn't look good. HO want to get it back and running, I want to fix it right..
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What would you do?