The sewer repair problems
Someday, every sewer line requires maintenance or repair service.
There are many reasons why a sewer line can malfunction including:
- Collapsed sewer lines
- Cracks or breaks in the pipes
- Grease build-up
- Line separation
- Tree root infestation
- Sagging pipes
In addition to creating an immediate problem because your plumbing is not functioning properly, these problems can proliferate into larger and more expensive issues if not corrected in a timely manner.
The last thing you want is a sewer line backing up into your home, or leaking into your yard.
Diagnose sewer problems
We take several steps to make sure the exact cause of your sewer problems are determined:
1. Sewer camera inspection
The starting point of determining any sewer problem should be a Sewer Video Inspection.
Instead of performing an expensive, time consuming, and costly excavation of your sewer lines, we can can inexpensively inspect every inch of the pipe with a state-of-the-art sewer line camera.
This video inspection will enable us to detect what the problem is, and pinpoint the exact area where it is occurring.
You can even watch the video yourself, and get a DVD copy. After the problem has been investigated, we can inform you of what the recommended options are.
2. Sewer cleaning and unclogging
Your pipe may just have a blockage that can be cleaned out with a quick and inexpensive rooter or hydrojetting procedure.
The sources of these clogs could be grease build-up, other debris, or tree roots.
If you have a sewer line that has ceased to drain or drains slowly, the best solution initially is to “rooter” or “cable” the pipe with a correctly sized cutter blade that cleans out the line.
However, if there are physical defects within the line, sometimes cleaning out the pipes with these methods cannot restore drainage. We will never recommend a sewer line replacement if it is not needed.
3. Spot repairs
There may be an area of the pipe that just needs a small repair, versus replacing the entire sewer line.
4. Compromised structural integrity
Broken, cracked, or sunken pipelines usually require a sewer line replacement because the pipes cannot be restored to proper function.
SEWER INSTALLATION & REPLACEMENT
TYPES OF SEWER LINE DAMAGE
Certain types of sewer line damage necessitates that the sewer line be replaced. These types of damage include bellies, collapsed sewer lines, cracked joints, perforations, and sewer line separation.
Most people do not know what term “belly” in the sewer line means. It is simply a low or sagging spot in the line.
Bellies can occur with clay, PVC, or other material piping. Many times bellies are caused by improper “bedding” of the line during the installation of the original sewer line.
When a sewer line has a low spot or is “sagging” the pipe will begin holding water in this area. Sometimes bellies do not create a problem.
Problems begin when debris like paper, grease, or other solids begin to settle in the low area and are not flushed through the line, creating soft blockages. In many cases, soft blockages can be cleaned and pushed out easily with regular cleaning.
However, in some cases the only way to fix a belly is to repair or replace the sewer line.
COLLAPSED SEWER LINE
Certain types of sewer lines are susceptible to collapsing.
These include bituminized fiber pipe and cast iron pipes.
Also age and deterioration play a significant role in pipes collapsing.
If a sewer line has collapsed in anywhere in the line, it is recommended that the sewer pipe be replaced.
Perforations consist of multiple holes within a line. Perforations typically occur in pipes made of cast iron.
Cast iron sewer lines tend to deteriorate and are susceptible to collapsing. In addition, cast iron pipes are more likely to experience tree root infestation.
When a perforation condition is detected, it is recommended that the pipe be replaced.
SEWER LINE SEPARATION
A sewer line separation is exactly what it says – the sewer line has come apart.
The primary reason for separations is ground movement which can be naturally occurring or created by an external source.
Cracked joints can cause separations over time. Installation workmanship can be the culprit in some cases.
For example, joints in a PVC should not pull apart if properly installed. In all these cases, the sewer line needs to be replaced.
SEWER LINE REPAIR & REPLACEMENT METHODS
Sewer lines can be replaced with two main methods, sewer line excavation and trenchless sewer repair. The method chosen to perform the repair or replacement depends upon various factors for the homeowner to decide on.
1. Sewer Excavation
2. Trenchless Sewer Repair
Warning Signs That You Have A Sewer Problem
There are several signs that can indicate there is something wrong with a sewer line. Homeowners and businesses should be aware of these so that they can hire a plumber to solve the problem before it becomes a more extensive and expensive sewer repair project.
Clogged Drain or Toilet
The most common indicator that your sewer line has a problem is water backing up from a drain or toilet, or you hear a “gurgling” sound coming from the drains. If your toilets start percolating or you get water around a floor drain after you have used the dishwasher or washing machine, this is a telltale sign that you have a sewer blockage.
These clogs can develop in the main sewer line or a secondary line. If the main line is clogged, this will cause problems with any water you run in the home. Any water that you run will cause the percolating sounds in the toilet and/or the water comes up in the bathtub or floor drains in the basement.
If a secondary line has a clog, the problem will be isolated to that secondary line. For example, the bathroom sink does not drain or the water comes back up in the bathtub, but the toilet drains fine.
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In newer homes a common cause of blockages includes feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and certain types of thick toilet paper.
Foul odors coming from your drains, sinks, or in the yard can be indicators there is a blockage or leaking occurring in the sewer line.
In older homes, tree roots are the main cause of a clogged sewer line. Over time the tree roots have actually crushed the pipes.
Proactive Sewer & Drain performs UNBIASED sewer video inspections for homeowners, commercial property owners, new home buyers, home inspectors, realtors, and property management companies. We reveal the pipes you can’t see underground.
Sewer home inspection
Don’t get stuck with unpleasant sewer line surprises once you move into your home!
Get a professional sewer line home inspection to give you peace of mind before you finalize a new home purchase. Get a sewer line home inspection – before you buy.
Transferable warranty: all sewer repairs and replacements come with a transferable warranty.
Sewer & drain line locating
Don’t know where your sewer line runs underground? We perform sewer and drain line locating service to locate your pipes. We also can locate exactly where a problem is in your sewer line.
By hiring Proactive Sewer & Drain to locate your sewage pipe, you can have peace of mind that your home gets the sewer work it needs done quickly, efficiently and correctly.
Sewer camera inspection cost
All sewer camera inspection cost is offered on a Flat Rate Pricing model.
All sewer repairs and replacements come with a Transferable Warranty.
There are no additional charges for pipe access or locating issues, removal and resetting of toilets or other fixtures. Also, the DVD, written report, and video link are all included in the package.
Same-day service available
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