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Sewer Line Replacement & Repair Options

Although several drain cleaning and servicing jobs can be carefully carried out by a homeowner, drain or sewer line repair and sewer line replacement tasks must always be executed by a licensed, professional plumber. That’s because any mistake in the repair or replacement could trigger even more clogging, leaks, or sewage back-up and create problems not just for the homeowner but his neighbors as well.

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Sewer Line Replacement & Repair – Causes

The repair or replacement of a whole sewer line or even only a section is sometimes needed when drain cleaning attempts don’t do the job. These are the key indicators that a repair or sewer line replacement solution is required:

  1. Corrosion of an aging pipe that resulted in the pipe breaking or collapse.
  2. Damaged, cracked, or collapsed pipe due to shifting soil, frozen ground, or settling, among other conceivable determinants.
  3. A “bellied” pipe is where a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, producing a low place in the line where paper and waste collect and cause repeated clogs
  4. Leaking joints where the seals between sections of pipe have been damaged, permitting water and sewage to escape.
  5. A substantial number of roots in the line that can not be removed using a cable machine
  6. Extreme grease accumulation or a foreign object limiting flow.

How can Black Mountain Plumbing not only recognize the trouble but pinpoint its precise location?

It is quite simple actually, we do so by using an in-line video inspection camera. The photos taken by the camera are transmitted to a device run by the camera technician. These photos are recorded for further review. At the same time, a radio transmitter on the camera reports the physical location of the line and its depth from the surface area so that the appropriate repairs can be correctly prepared and implemented. And that generally results in quicker and even less costly repairs.

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If a camera inspection has confirmed the majority of your sewer line is in good working order but has a spot that causes a backup, a spot repair may be right for you. A repair to a broken sewer line, offset pipe joint, or short section of root intruded pipe, can extend the working life of your sewer trouble-free.

Once we’ve identified – and you concur – that a sewer line needs to be repaired or replaced, we’ll go over with you the two recommended procedures.

Conventional Sewer Line Replacement and Repair

These are usually carried out using an excavator to dig up the area surrounding the line so to enable quick and easy access to the problem location. When the repair has been made, the area is refilled using a backhoe. This option may be the only choice at times depending on the state of your pipes, their setup, or the place where you live.

Trenchless Repair

Involves making small entry holes where the broken pipe begins and ends; then, pulling a new pipe through the existing pipe which shatters to pieces the worn-out pipe while at the same time laying new pipe. Trenchless repairs create less damage to yards and driveways than standard repair solutions because only the ground at the starting point and end of the line is disturbed. It does call for critical access points, and holes, to make use of the existing sewer line’s position in the ground as a marker for the new sewer line replacement pipe. This gets rid of disturbing sizable parts of your property’s hardscape and landscape.

We hope you don’t ever require our sewer line repair or sewer line replacement services. But if you do, rest easier realizing that Black Mountain Plumbing can provide either standard or trenchless pipe repair and replacement. Our has served the San Diego area for over 20 years and will be able to provide you with our expert recommendation on what solution best suits your requirements and finances for sewer line replacement and repair.