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Clay sewer pipes with small roots in several areas...Should I replace or are there other options?

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Thank you all for the replies.  This is a small home I am buying for a rental. We scoped and it showed minor roots in several areas.  The clay is from the house out. To sleeve  would cost me about $4500 and we'd have to go through some of the landscaping and hardscaping. Do you think clearing the pipe with a rooter each year would be a workable solution for a while?
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August 23 2013
Are you selling your home?

Sewer scopes have become more common during inspections. However many buyers don't have sewer scopes done. 

If your selling I would wait to see if the buyer ask to preform a sewer scope before doing one yourself. If you don't know you have a problem I recommend keeping it that way, unless something is obviously wrong and you plan to stay in your home.

On the Buyers side I always recommend a sewer scope on early constructed homes.
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August 23 2013
Small roots are common in that type and age of piping. An annual rooter-ing of the pipe might keep it functioning properly. No sense in fully replacing until it is necessary. Best of luck!
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August 23 2013
Call a sewer specialist to scope the pipes with a camera to find out your options. Could be as simple as a rooter job or as bad as a full yard dig tor r&r. Get a professional diagnosis asap to avoid further damage and more costs.
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August 21 2013
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The pipe from the house (1922) is now PVC for 40', but after that the pipe is clay for 40'. Per the scope we had done, there are several places where small roots are growing through the clay portion of the pipe.  Would "sleeving" work for this type of situation?
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August 21 2013
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Maybe this link will give you some ideas for intermediate solutions.

However, if you're looking at needing a "replace" level solution, I recommend first looking at sleeving.
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August 21 2013
Need more info to say for sure what the best solution is, but sounds like you might just have the line cleaned. If tap looks good with no major breaks and water flows well should be fine. 
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August 21 2013
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Are these the laterals? If so, we sleeved the pipes. Much less expensive, much less mess.

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