If there’s only a short section of the damaged sewer line and the rest of the pipe is in good condition we can perform a spot repair. That involves digging a small area to gain access to the underground pipe, then replacing the old pipe in just that section.
If the sewer pipe is generally in poor condition or particularly old, replacing the entire line is usually the most cost-effective option in the long run. Even if your home or commercial building is relatively new the contractor may have used an older already existing sewer line. That means corrosion and the earth have had plenty of time to cause problems, and materials later found by the plumbing industry to be inferior may have been used.
If a straightforward approach doesn’t quickly resolve the problem, we have state-of-the-art in-pipe video inspection cameras so there’s no guesswork and no unnecessary steps. That saves time and money, and potentially a big disruption. And you can have a look to see for yourself.
Various types of clogs — tree roots, some other foreign object, or sludge buildup — can usually be cleared inexpensively. But if there’s a leak or an otherwise damaged line the sewer pipe will need to be repaired or replaced. Common causes and problems include the following.
Fortunately replacing the entire line no longer necessarily means the major expense and disruption of digging up the old line. Trenchless sewer repair can take care of a hard-to-reach location and even replace the entire line from just one or two relatively small holes. They also preserve well-established landscaping.