Getting The Information You Need To Make Solid Decisions About Sewer Repair | Coral Springs, FL
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Given the half-century or more that sewer lines can last, you probably won’t have to deal with sewer repair very often, aside from occasional cleaning to remove any buildup of bulkier items from your home including “flushable” wipes, fats and grease, and other material that doesn’t flow easily down the line to the public sewer and away. At MainLine Plumbing, we encourage our sewer line customers in Coral Springs, FL to find out more about how to keep buildups from forming in the sewer line as well as in their pipes. We’re also here to provide information about what’s involved when the sewer line is damaged and needs sewer repair or replacement to restore proper functioning. These days, repair is the more likely option, a welcome change from the past, when major sewer problems led to a major operation involving a backhoe. If that’s required, our sewer repair experts can orchestrate it carefully so it’s as simple and manageable as possible. So, how do you know when it’s time to give us a call to check your pipes, and see if you need sewer work?
Here are a few possible signs that your sewer line is no longer intact and needs service:
- Sewer gas and other strong smells around your home or yard
- Gurgling sounds from your toilet, and slow flushes
- Slow drains, especially if several are having trouble
- Super green patches of lawn, especially near where your sewer line runs
- Mold on your walls from moisture buildup due to a leaky sewer pipe
- Puddles and soft areas of your lawn, often smelly
- Pests, either on legs or wings, provide clues about the leak location
- Toilet rejects your flush, backing up instead
Clues help you identify a potential sewer line leak, but our sewer repair team has more precise technology. In particular, our tiny video camera gear goes easily down the sewer line, usually through the cleanout so there’s no digging at first, and gives us a complete view of your sewer pipe. This view includes accumulations of material sitting inside the pipe, damage from crushing due to heavyweights above like heavy equipment, intrusions of tree roots causing damage as they push through the pipe, corrosion, and decay depending on the pipe material as it reaches the end of its lifetime, and other breaks, shifts, and damage that affect the pipe’s integrity. With clear video of the source or sources of trouble, we can decide on sewer repairs or replacement to remedy the situation, and the appropriate techniques, calculating the cost so we can present clear pricing for the expected process.
Types of Sewer Repair
Modern sewer repairs are typically “trenchless” ones, where the sewer line is accessed through a small hole dug in the ground, rather than a trench cut into the earth to access the pipe for removal or, sometimes, traditional pipe repairs. Trenchless techniques use long-lasting materials, usually good for a length of time similar to replacement pipes, or about 50 years. These materials can be used as patches, put in place using remotely controlled devices and video guidance. The pipe can also be lined with new material that seals the existing pipe for continued use after it has been cleaned out for smooth coverage.
The “bursting” sewer repair technique involves sending a bursting head through the clay pipe and breaking it apart while pulling a continuous replacement pipe through as a replacement. Trenchless techniques use only an entry and exit point, instead of the traditional trench through your yard and cut through concrete at the house end, and pavement at the city sewer end. The trench digging disturbs your lawn, landscaping, and anything else in its way, even creatures that are living in your long-established landscaping plants. At the street end, if cuts in the pavement are required the government may also expect you to fund a detour and possibly an off-duty member of the police to direct traffic. Still, as long as there are no other problems during the pipe’s half-century lifetime, it’s a one-time repair for most homeowners no matter which method is used.
Becoming Informed About Sewer Line Repair Techniques
As the homeowner, there’s a lot to take in about these repair techniques, and our expert plumber can answer any questions you have about the processes and constraints that may guide our recommendation in one direction or another. For instance, serious damage to the pipe or certain types of residential and commercial construction may prevent the trenchless methods, and require the use of traditional techniques. Patching may be an alternative for minor corrosion or other damage that’s limited in scope, but relining or bursting may be a better choice for their complete coverage. What about tree root intrusion? The damage from the roots of trees slowly pushing into the pipe can be serious, and our plumber can answer your questions about whether there’s anything that can be done to prep the pipe for trenchless techniques, or whether replacement of the pipe and cutting of the root need to be done after digging a trench.
Costs of Sewer Line Repair
Another factor in the decision about which sewer repair technique should be used is what the total cost will be. Traditional methods are labor-intensive, whereas trenchless methods are technology-intensive using advanced materials, and may be priced according to specific variables unique to each process, such as pipe relining that involves multiple stages, curing time for the materials, and video inspection of the results. Our experienced plumber will be your guide, helping you to make an informed decision.
Sewer Line Experts in Coral Springs, FL
At MainLine Plumbing, our experienced team will perform your Coral Springs, FL sewer work carefully, efficiently, and professionally, and help you arrange for alternative plumbing resources while the work is in process. Once the work is done, you’ll be free of your major sewer line problems. Give our team a call to find out more.
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