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Question DetailsAsked on 3/11/2015

How concerned should I be about a sewer line repair that runs within 5 feet of large tree in my yard?

My sewer line is badly infested with roots, the joints are displaced, and there are several bellies along the lateral. I've gotten two quotes for a complete replacement (~40 ft from house to curb, 8-9' deep) and the third plumber I called said it would not be possible since the line runs very close to a large evergreen tree in my yard. At it's closest, the pipe is probably within 5 feet of the tree (looking from above). His concern is that the tree may die or it could become unstable and fall. How concerned should I be about this? The thought of having to pay to have the tree removed PLUS sewer repair is extremely unnerving. However, so is the tree crashing down on my house or a neighbor's house.

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