What to Expect During Sewer Line Replacement

Ideally, your sewer lines are not something you think about, let alone see. However, if a problem has occurred that necessitates sewer line replacement, it’s best that you become informed about the process. Sewer lines pipes run from a building to the city sewer system or to a septic tank.

When you’re experiencing problems with a sewer backup, there may be a need for sewer line repair or replacement. These backups or clogs may be caused by tree roots, flushed oils and fats, or other obstructions. While most clogs can be repaired, there is an occasional need for sewer line replacement.

The process of sewer line replacement can be done with a few different methods:

  • Replacement in sections: A common method of sewer line replacement involves using a specialized camera to find leaks or other signs that repair is needed. Pipes can then be dug up in sections and replaced with new, reliable piping.
  • Tunneling: This method of sewer line replacement is an extensive process and can be very dangerous, so it should be avoided if possible. It involves digging tunnels under buildings to cut out and replace pipes under the foundation. It’s a dangerous process and can also be a risk to your home as the compacted soil under your foundation may no longer be strong.
  • Pipelining: This is a method used when replacing outdated sewer lines. PVC pipe is inserted into the existing pipes and then an epoxy is used to create a watertight seal between the two pipelines.

To best prepare for the process, know that sewer line replacement is often messy and expensive. While experienced plumbers can get the job done right, it is better to keep your sewer line well maintained. To learn more, call us at Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc.