For most home or property owners, a broken sewer comes as a surprise. Though it can happen for a wide variety of reasons, it’s important to treat the damages seriously.
Particularly, if you’re tempted to treat it yourself, you might want to take the time to consult a professional first—unless, of course, you have the necessary experience. When it comes to sewer repair, deciding to repair it yourself and then making a mistake can be both time-consuming and costly. You may end up calling in the professionals anyway.
Sewers Can Get Clogged
Clogging is one of the main issues that can lead to a need for sewer repair services. Clogging might not have any outward effects until it’s a major problem. Clogging is usually the result of paper or dirt buildup. Foreign objects can also get lodged in pipes and cause a clog. Once a sewer becomes clogged it will eventually stop functioning properly, with sewage backing up. If your entire sewer line is clogged, it’s time to call a sewer repair company.
Pipes Freeze and Break
Another common source of damage to a sewer line occurs when pipes freeze and break. In severe weather conditions, pipes may not be immune to freezing and breakage. Though you can’t do much to prevent pipes from freezing in cold weather, you can seek help immediately. Speak to a professional in the business of sewer repair to find out how to tackle the problem.
Can You Fix it Yourself?
In general, you should try to avoid undertaking sewer repairs yourself unless you are experienced and know what you’re doing. For instance, you might be able to handle unclogging a clogged toilet. But when it comes to sewer lines, the repair and replacement process can be far more complicated. You may need professional excavation services to even get to the broken or cracked sewer line.
Sewer Line Replacement
A sewer line replacement is a complex job that typically requires the services of a sewer repair company. Your sewer line allows waste to be transferred from your home to your city’s waste treatment or sewer system. When it breaks, it’s a major problem.
Instead of digging up the sewer and trying to find the issue, most professionals use camera technology to diagnose problems. A camera is sent down the pipes and the site of the break is identified. With the images of the damage collected, plumbing professionals can decide whether the sewer line needs repairs or a full line replacement.
Sewer main repairs and replacements get expensive because sewer lines are underground, typically below lawns, gardens, driveways, or patios. If a part of your yard needs to be excavated to get to the pipe, it will cost you. Removing overgrown roots from pipes is another potentially costly aspect of sewer line replacement.
In some cases, cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) is an option. This technique allows you to repair a broken sewer line without requiring extensive excavations. With it, a new pipe is installed inside the old pipe.