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You perform several of your home's plumbing maintenance tasks by yourself. You regularly clean your drains, maintain your water heater, and take care of any leaks beneath your sinks. However, you're now noticing that your plumbing system is showing signs of sewer line damage—and even though you're experienced with repairing other components of your plumbing, you don't even know how to begin repairing this issue. For this reason, you've decided to call a plumbing contractor to repair your sewer line for you. Here's how they'll get the job done:
Before your plumber begins breaking any ground, they'll inspect your sewer line with a sewer camera. By inspecting your sewer line, your plumber can determine the state of your sewer line and provide you with a fairly accurate estimate for their services. However, the estimate may change if other issues are identified while repairing your line.
Additionally, your sewer line isn't the only pipeline beneath your yard. Gas, telephone, and power lines may be buried within the vicinity of your line. To ensure that these potential obstacles aren't damaged while repairing your sewer line, your plumber will contact your local utility companies and have them mark where their infrastructure is located.
Once your plumber knows which section of your sewer line is damaged, as well as where any potential obstacles are located, they can begin excavating your line. Depending on the depth of your local frost line (the depth at which surface snow and ice no longer affect underground temperatures), excavating your sewer line may require the use of heavy machinery. If so, prepare for a noisy day—instead of using shovels or pickaxes, your plumber will have to use a small excavator or backhoe to excavate to your sewer line.
Once the damaged section of your sewer line is accessible to your plumber, they can better determine the issue that damaged your sewer line.
Contrary to popular belief, tree roots don't typically cause sewer line damage by themselves. Terrain movements, frozen pipes, and corrosion are the most common culprits of sewer line damage. However, tree roots can grow inside your line and cause further damage once the integrity of your sewer line has been compromised by another source of damage.
It's at this point that your plumber may inform you of a change in price. If your plumber gave you an estimate for clamping the damaged section of piping and the line needs to be replaced, then your costs will likely increase. However, if your were quoted an estimate for pipe replacement and your line can be repaired with by clamping, then your costs may decrease—depending on the type and number of clamps that must be installed.
Repair or Replacement
Your sewer line can be repaired with clamps if your piping isn't severely cracked. In such a case, your plumber will place a clamp around the damaged section of piping and use a wrench to tighten the clamp's bolts. The pressure created by the clamp prevents water from continuously leaking through the cracks in your piping.
If a section of your sewer line must be replaced, then your plumber will use a specialized pipe cutter to remove the damaged section of your sewer line. Your plumber will then attach couplings to the remaining sections of your line and install a replacement pipe.
Once your sewer line is completely repaired, your plumber will then backfill the excavated section of your yard. If any plants or floral features were uprooted to perform the repairs, then they will be placed back into their original locations to minimize the aesthetic damage to your yard. Once your yard is back to its original state, your plumber will pack up their equipment and call it a day.