Sewer Line Repair and Replacement

If you’re having problems with your commercial sewer lines or think something might be awry, you should address the situation as soon as possible. Sewer line problems can result in more expensive repairs the longer they go unaddressed. Damage to sewer lines can result from a number of situations including but not limited to:

  • Tree roots
  • Buildup of grease, oils, and debris
  • Frozen pipes
  • Excavation by construction projects
  • General aging

A factor to consider in addressing sewer line repair and replacement is the pipeline material. Older buildings may have metal or clay pipes.  These materials are not as durable as the more recent concrete and  PVC.  This information can help with diagnosis and the appropriate actions to take in repairing and maintaining your sewer lines.

Sewer line work takes a fair amount of plumbing experience and is quite labor intensive.  Their underground location creates considerable challenges in reaching them.  Although many repairs can now be done without excavation, it may still be required in some situations. Excavation can be a difficult task involving a jackhammer to break through layers of concrete and a backhoe to dig through dirt and fill.  More modern methods have been developed that enable sewer line work to be performed without excavation.  Diagnosing problems can be done with a sewer camera that uses laser video and infrared detection.  A very accurate view of the condition of the sewer line provides diagnostic information that is used to decide on the appropriate repairs including whether an option is available that is less expensive or will minimize disruptions

Some indications that your sewer line is in need of repair or replacement include unusual odors, slowly moving water through drains, or gurgling noises when a toilet is flushed. These are sure signs of a plumbing problem but may be a drain problem rather than something in the sewer line.  Dealing with the situation sooner rather than later is always a good idea.


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