One of the most important parts of your household’s plumbing is the sewer line running from your drains to the municipal sewer line. This line isn’t inside the actual house. It actually resides within a trench outside your home. Completely hidden from sight. While these pipes were built to be durable and withstand the test of time, many are now over 50-years-old. They’re comprised of out-of-date materials like cast iron or galvanized steel. This makes these pipes now highly susceptible to corrosion, leaks, and breaks.
Make no mistake about it, having a damaged sewer line around your home is a serious matter. It could present catastrophic problems and needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Sewage water backing up into your basement, underneath crawl spaces, or beneath your landscaping or paved driveway is a smelly biological hazard to you and your family.
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Not too long ago, addressing this issue would mean digging a large trench in your front yard. This would almost always be an eyesore; destroying most of your landscaping as well as your sidewalk and driveway. Today, we have trenchless technologies to repair or replace sewer lines, sewer pipes, and sewer laterals without tearing up your yard. The pros at T-Top Plumbing are highly-efficient at repairing or replacing broken, collapsed, corroded, bellied, or clogged pipes without making a mess.
Our Los Angeles and Ventura area trenchless sewer line repair and replacement is minimally intrusive. We can excavate two relatively small areas – one at the house and the other at the sidewalk area – and then pull a new ABS, highly root-resistant sewer pipe, right through the old pipe. This literally boosts right through the old pipe. What this means is no more large, expensive trenches tearing up your yard! And a new pipe that’s stronger and more root resistant than ever before.
How Do You Know It’s Time for Sewer Line Repair or Replacement?
Usually, there are multiple fixtures clogged at the same time. For example, when your toilet, shower, and sink are all simultaneously backed up, this indicates a stoppage in the main line. The culprit of this, particularly in older homes, is often antiquated clay, cast iron, or orange burg piping that is prone to root intrusion. Roots can very well crush, separate and dislodge sewer piping.
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When this happens, you’ll need to call a plumber specializing in sewer pipe clogs. When you call the professionals at T-Top Plumbing plumbing, we will first attempt to unclog the stoppage. This is accomplished using a power snake to pull back any mud and roots contributing to the clog.
If the sewer line remains clogged following this, a sewer pipe camera will be used to perform a video inspection to see the extent of the problem and develop a clear plan of attack. It’s important that we see the size and condition of the pipe before we start any work.
From there, we’ll access the pipe from its most shallow point. This lets us determine the scope of the repair – if the line is indeed salvageable. A hydro-jetter and mechanical snake enables us to completely clean out the pipe. At that point, we insert a new liner into the host pipe; leaving it to cure.
Once the pipe is fully cured, another camera sewer inspection is performed to ensure there’s free flow from your home’s drainage system to the main line outside. Once this is confirmed, the pipeline is returned to service and ready for immediate use.
How Do You Know It’s Time For Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?
When it comes time to determining whether your sewer piping or sewer line can be repaired or needs to be replaced, consider the following.
- Is The Existing Sewer Line Made of Clay? – It’s highly advisable that old clay pipes are replaced. These pipes become incredibly brittle over time. Following a repair, it’s almost certain that any remaining section of clay piping will need an eventual repair as well. Since clay piping is often held together by the surrounding soil, the excavation involved with a repair is risky. Soil disrupted by the digging can make remaining sections of clay pipe more vulnerable to corrosion, leaks, breaks, and clogs due to mud and root intrusion. Cast iron sewer lines tend to be more repairable depending on age, the layout, and use.
- Cost of Trenchless Sewer Repair vs. Trenchless Sewer Replacement – While it’s certainly less expensive to repair a section of sewer line than replace it, you have to assess cost long-term. Ultimately, a repair will cost you more in the long run than replacing the sewer line right from the start. Repairing sections over time rather than all at once means paying for permits again and again, potentially having to excavate the same area more than once, and risking rising sewer line replacement costs. The total cost of a sewer line repair or replacement will depend on the cause and complexity of the work involved.
- Is the Existing Pipe Too Fragile for Repair? – A repair needs to connect to a good piece of the existing pipe. It’s not uncommon for an existing sewer line to be too fragile. This creates a problem since the pipe can continue to break as the repair is attempted. This would make it necessary to replace the entire sewer line or a larger section than originally anticipated.
- Are You Planning to Sell Your House? – If you’re planning to put your house on the market relatively soon, it might be more logical to entertain the idea of a sewer line repair since the long-term cost won’t be a factor to you once the house is sold. Just be aware that a sewer camera inspection may be requested by a prospective buyer or inspector.