Identify the Issue Before Replacing Your Sewer Lines
There are many different plumbing systems in your home working together to ensure you have clean water for use, and waste pipes leading to outside sewer lines. Each of these systems has an independent line connecting to outside systems, and when there’s a blockage or damage to any part of the line, it can cause problems in other areas. If you’ve noticed a gurgling sound in your bathroom or kitchen drain, water backing up, or any type of water leakage in basements or other areas with an exposed pipe, there might be an issue with how your plumbing system is connecting to the outside sewer line.
We recommend an initial video inspection to identify the source of the problem and determine whether it will be a recurring issue. Once we complete a full inspection of your sewer pipe, we will be able to address the issue and present you with your options, including both trenchless and traditional sewer line replacement.
When Do You Need Sewer Replacement?
As a broken or unserviceable sewer line displays many of the same signs as a mere clog, it can be difficult for a homeowner to know when replacement is necessary over repair. Put simply, replacement becomes important any time your sewer line has become compromised indefinitely. Keep an eye out for these signs that your sewer line might be permanently damaged:
- Pooling water in the yard. Large amounts of water that have no clear source are a sure sign. These come as a result of your pipe no longer being capable of holding water properly. This water then ends up in the soil near the pipe.
- Strong smell of sewer or foul odors. The smell of sewage is very strong when your main line has been damaged and is near unmistakable.
- Slow or poorly draining fixtures. Tubs, toilets, and sinks that refuse to drain or drain very slowly are often your first sign that something has gone wrong. If you notice any of these, it’s best to contact a plumbing professional right away.
Common causes of sewer line damage
Several issues contribute to drain problems, eventually resulting in the need for sewer replacement:
- Tree roots – Tree roots always look for the closest source of water, which in most cases happens to be your sewer line.
- Spike in temperature – When temperatures rise, the ground can shift and cause a rupture in the line.
- Blockages – Grease/sludge buildup, corrosion, and flushing inappropriate items all contribute to blocked pipes.
- Deteriorating pipes – Cast iron, clay, and PVC plastic pipes are all prone to break down over time.
Whether caused by one of the above issues or just general wear and tear, an aging sewer line will need to be replaced at some point. Be sure to work with a company boasting a track record of successful sewer installations.
Sewer Replacement Options for Louisville Homeowners
Trenchless or Traditional Sewer Line Replacement?
Trenchless sewer repair is a less invasive option to repairing common sewer line problems than traditional sewer repair. With traditional sewer repair, there is digging and excavation to remove broken and cracked pipes and replace them. This can often destroy landscaping, driveways, and other structures. Traditional sewer repair creates debris and introduces contaminated waste into landfills when it is disposed of.
Trenchless sewer repair accomplishes what can be done traditionally without the need to dig or destroy and can even repair pipes underneath existing structures without disturbing them. This method is greener than traditional sewer repair methods since it reuses pipe that is already in the ground instead of creating waste that has to be carried away. Using the existing pipe as a “host” for the structural liner 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.
Depending on where you live and the condition and configuration of your pipes, trenchless sewer line replacement might be your smartest option. 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.