Recently we have been receiving a lot of phone calls from customers about sewer line repair. As always, we want to continue to encourage our customers to ask these important questions about their sewer line repair solutions. We are the “Sewer Experts” so when you’re in need of answers, we are here to provide you with transparent comprehensive information that helps you, the customer, make a more informed decision. One of the biggest questions we get: “Why would I line my sewer lateral instead of a full sewer line replacement?”
Visualizing the Problem
If you are in need of sewer line repair, meaning, a camera inspection has been done and it has been determined by a plumber that the sewer lateral is broken or defective, it is time to start looking at repair options. Our team at Mister Sewer will typically provide a variety of options to first and foremost solve your sewer line problem but we need to be able to see the problem before we can provide a solution. By viewing the video, we can take into consideration the condition of the sewer line before and after the defect and which method will be the least invasive providing the most comprehensive solution. It is important to discuss and understand repair options with any plumbing company who is taking on your repair work. Knowing what needs to be done and what could further be done to prevent future problems is important for a customer to make a more informed decision about their sewer line repair.
Multiple Problems, One Solution
So your sewer line has major root intrusion, offsets, trench rot, cracks or holes in the lateral, a Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) is typically the most comprehensive solution. If you are unfamiliar with a CIPP you can click here to read more about the process. A traditional full line replacement of the sewer lateral is also a viable option but there are many reasons we do not always suggest the traditional method over the CIPP as an option for repair. First off, traditional full line replacement is an extensive and labor intensive process. It can take days to dig up and pipe in a new sewer line. More time working at the job means more cost associated with the repair. CIPP liner can usually be done in a day. Traditional sewer line repair involves a trench that spans the entire length of your sewer line. This means landscaping, driveways, roads, retaining walls all have to be excavated depending on where the sewer line is located. The restoration of landscaping, driveways, streets etc. is all incorporated into the overall price. CIPP usually needs a single access pit dug in order to install the liner into your sewer lateral.
Let’s talk about a slightly different scenario in sewer line repair. Let’s say that you have your sewer lateral inspected by a plumbing professional and they state there is a crushed section of lateral that needs to be repaired. This does not mean that you need a full line replacement. This can be solved with a single excavation pit to perform a method of repair called “spot repair.” It is as simple as it sounds. We would provide you with an option to correct the single section of crushed lateral provided there are no other major defects found within the remaining sewer line. Even with a crushed section, a CIPP liner is still the most comprehensive option to solving your sewer problems for good. We can excavate for a spot repair, remove the broken section of sewer pipe and install a liner in both directions using the same access hole. This option not only provides a solution for the crushed sewer line but can also provide peace of mind for customers because a CIPP liner has a 50 year warranty.
If you are in need of sewer line repair or replacement and want to explore options, don’t hesitate, give Mister Sewer a call at 412-283-4478 or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals. We encourage you to take a look at our Google reviews and our Resource Page, there is lots of helpful information about your household water and sewer problems. Remember, “There’s no charge if not resolved, call Mister Sewer problem solved.”