About 60 years ago someone planted a magnolia over our concrete sewer pipe. Now the magnolia is enormous and beautiful but its roots have caused the pipe to shift and it hardly works.
A plumber told me that the bulk of the expense for replacing the line is digging up the pipe and that if I exposed it the price would not be so bad ($800-900 vs. $3500+). But I have no idea how to get to that pipe without killing the tree. (It passes about a foot from the trunk.) Is "trenchless" the way to go? That sounds even pricier. The city sewer lines are in rough shape so I doubt they would shell out to give me a different route to the sewer. What can I do?