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rialto

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Who pays to have the Laundry Drain Line unclogged?  This will be the third time it has been clogged with the same tenants.  While I was living in the same house for 10 years it has never been clogged.  I, the owner/landlord paid for the first two uncloggings; but I am thinking, this should be the tenants responsibility.  Similiar to a clogged toilet.  Please advise.

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Has the plumber said why this is clogging repeatedly?  I would question him about it.  Have him snake it and see what it is that is causeing this clog.  If this is from something the tenant did to cause the clog, then they pay for the service call.  If it is because the pipe has a build up of gunk in the lines, you pay.  (But then start pouring enzyme into the drains to reduce and remove the build up to prevent future clogs.  The third time clogged in how long?

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The first clog was Oct 2004 and the second Nov 2006.  Current clog Jan 2008.  The plumber had to snake it 3x.  Not much lint was pulled back but he said whatever it was it took 3 tries to push it through. He ran the cable 75 feet in.  He's not sure what it could be but it's not roots.

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Are you sure it's not roots?  No trees between the house and the street?  That's a long time between stoppages.  It could also be build up in the lines from grease (cooking, people, and soap products), hair, hygiene products, food particles, etc.  That's only 3 clogs in 40 months.

You might consider having a camera run through it to see why it keep clogging.  (Roto Rooter does this.)

Do you have a clause in your lease saying they are responsible for stoppages?
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