What to Know Before Replacing Your Sewer Lines
A lot of different plumbing systems in your home work together to ensure you have clean water coming in and waste water going out to outside sewer lines. Each one of these systems in your home has an independent line connecting it to outside systems. When any part of one of these lines becomes blocked or damaged, it can cause problems in other areas of the system. Watch out for water backing up or gurgling sounds coming from your kitchen or bathroom drains. These signs or any type of water leakage in basements or other areas with an exposed pipe can mean there’s an issue with how your plumbing system is connecting to the outside sewer line.
An initial video inspection is recommended to identify the source of the problem with your sewer line and determine whether it will be a recurring issue. Once we complete a full inspection of your sewer pipe, we can provide you with information about your options, including both trenchless and traditional sewer line replacement.
Do You Need Sewer Replacement?
A sewer line that is broken or unable to be repaired will cause problems that are similar to if you just had a clog, which is fixable. This makes it difficult for a homeowner to know when sewer line replacement is necessary over repair. Replacement is important any time your sewer line has become compromised indefinitely. Watch for these signs that your sewer line might be permanently damaged and need to be replaced:
- Water pooling in your yard. Pools of water that have no clear source and aren’t from rain are a sure sign of sewer line issues. This happens as result of your pipe no longer being able to hold water properly. Water leaks out and ends up in the soil near the pipe, eventually causing water to pool on the surface of your yard.
- A foul odor or strong smell of sewage. When your main sewer line has been damaged, you may notice the strong, unmistakable smell of sewage.
- Fixtures draining slowly or poorly. If your tub, toilets, or sinks refuse to drain or drain very slowly, it may be the first sign that something has gone wrong with your sewer line. Contact a plumbing professional right away.
Common causes of sewer line damage
Several things can contribute to drain problems, eventually resulting in the need for sewer replacement:
Tree roots will always seek out the closest source of water, which in most cases happens to be your sewer line.
Spike in temperature
When it suddenly gets warmer outside, the ground can shift, causing a rupture in the line.
Blocked pipes can be caused by grease/sludge buildup, corrosion, and flushing inappropriate items.
Nothing lasts forever. Cast iron, clay, and PVC plastic pipes will all break down over time.
Whether the cause is tree roots, weather, a blockage or just general wear and tear, an aging sewer line will need to be replaced at some point. Choose to work with a company with a proven track record of successful sewer installations.
Sewer Replacement Options for Cincinnati Homeowners
Should You Choose Traditional or Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?
If you need sewer line replacement, our plumbing experts will visit your home, inspect the issues, and come up with the best option available to you in order to get the problem fixed. We’ll help you determine if a traditional or trenchless solution is right for your home. Trenchless sewer line replacement is a less invasive option to traditional sewer replacement. Depending on where you live, the configuration of your pipes, and the condition of your pipes, trenchless sewer line replacement might be your smartest option.
Traditional Sewer Repair
With traditional sewer line repair, there will be digging and excavation on your property to remove broken and cracked pipes and replace them. This can often destroy landscaping, driveways, and sometimes other structures on the property. Traditional sewer repair will also leave you with debris and introduce contaminated waste into landfills.
Trenchless Sewer Repair
Trenchless sewer repair does not require the digging and destruction of traditional sewer line repair, and will accomplish the same outcome. With trenchless repair, you can even repair pipes underneath existing structures without disturbing them. This method is also better for the environment than traditional sewer repair methods. Trenchless repair reuses pipe that is already in the ground instead of creating waste that has to be carried away to a landfill. By using the existing pipe as a “host” for the structural liner, trenchless repair prevents the disruption of any soil that may be contaminated by the raw sewage that has leaked through the cracks and voids of the old pipe.