While some drain cleaning and maintenance tasks can be safely performed by a homeowner, drain line repair and replacement tasks should always be performed by a certified, professional plumber. That’s because any error in the repair or replacement could cause even more clogging, leaks, or sewage back-up…not fun.

Sewer Line Repair & Replacement Causes

The repair or replacement of an entire sewer line or even just a section is sometimes required when drain clearing efforts don’t work.  These are the primary indicators that a repair or replacement procedure is required:

  • Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, among other possible causes.
  • Severe grease buildup or a foreign object restricting flow.
  • Corrosion of an older pipe that caused the pipe to break or collapse.
  • A “bellied” pipe where a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, creating a low spot in the line where paper and waste collect and cause repeated blockages.
  • Leaking joints where the seals between sections of pipe have broken, allowing water and sewage to escape.
  • An excessive amount of roots in the line that cannot be cleared using a cable machine.

How can Len the Plumber not only identify the problem, but pinpoint its exact location?  Easy:  by employing an in-line video inspection camera.  The images captured by the camera are transmitted to a device operated by the camera technician. These images are recorded for further review. At the same time, a radio transmitter on the camera records the physical location of the line and its depth from the surface so that the appropriate repairs can be properly planned and implemented.  And that usually results in faster and less costly repairs.

Sewer Line Repair & Replacement Options

Once we’ve determined – and you agree – that a sewer line must be repaired or replaced, we’ll discuss with you the two optional methods.

Traditional Sewer Line Repair/Replacements are typically performed using a backhoe to dig up the area surrounding the line so to allow easy access to the problem area.  Once the repair is made, the backhoe is used to refill the area. This option may be the only option at times depending on the condition of your pipes, their configuration, or where you live.

Trenchless Repair Methods involve making small access holes where the damaged pipe starts and ends; then, pulling a new pipe through the existing pipe which bursts the old pipe into pieces while simultaneously laying new pipe. Trenchless repairs cause less damage to yards and driveways than traditional repair methods because only the dirt at the beginning and end of the line is disturbed. Check out this video on how trenchless repairs work.

Well, let’s hope you never need our sewer line repair or replacement services.  But if you do, rest easier knowing that Len the Plumber specializes in both traditional and trenchless pipe repair and replacement. We’ve replaced thousands of sewer lines and will be able to provide you with our professional recommendation on what option best suits your needs and budget.