If you see sewer waste collecting in your yard, or notice a strong sewer smell, you could have a busted pipe that's leaking waste into your yard. This is a potentially dangerous situation, especially if you have kids or pets that play outside. Also, if your sewer line has problems, waste could back up into your toilet or bathtub. Since the line is underground and the waste contains pathogens, it's best to call a contractor to fix the problem. Here's what you can expect when you have trouble with your main sewer line.
Diagnosing The Problem
First, you need to figure out it the pipe is busted or just clogged. Sewer contractors use mobile cameras for this purpose. The contractor sends a tiny camera down your line to see what's going on. This could save money on excavating the line if the problem is just a ball of tree roots clogging the pipe. If the problem is caused by a broken pipe, the contractor can use the video from the camera to determine if your line has to be dug up or if a new line can be threaded through the old one.
Excavating The Sewer Line
If your sewer line needs to be replaced, the contractor will bring in heavy equipment and dig a trench that runs beside your sewer line. This could disrupt your landscaping and tear up your yard. However, this may be necessary if your line has collapsed. It may not be possible to pull a replacement pipe through a collapsed pipe or one that makes sharp turns. Instead, your old pipe needs to be pulled up and replaced with a new one.
Repairing The Sewer Line
The contractor might be able to avoid digging up your yard if your pipe can be repaired another way. This type of trenchless sewer repair leaves your damaged line in place and just pulls a new line through it. To do this, the contractor only has to dig two holes, one on each end of your sewer line. He or she threads the pipe liner in one end and sends in a hook through the other end to grab it and pull the liner on through. Once the liner is in place, it effectively seals all the cracks in the old pipe, so waste stops leaking into your yard.
While trenchless sewer line repair has the benefits of being less expensive, quicker to do, and less disruptive to your yard, it isn't always an option. Your line has to be straight enough and clear enough that a new liner can be pulled through. Keep in mind, if your old pipe was destroyed by tree roots, your new one may eventually be damaged by them as well. Therefore, you should have your sewer line cleaned out at the first sign of clogging, so roots can't expand and bust your new line too. Contact a company like Lavenders Contracting Ltd to repair your sewer line today.