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Do You Have To Excavate For A Sewer Repair?

Sewer Repair
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Every home will inevitably need repairs in its sewer line, and that can be nerve-wracking. Typically, when people think about sewer repair, they think of digging up their entire yard and ruining their lawn. Fortunately, in the past two decades, trenchless and less invasive repairs have become possible.

Not only are they possible, but they’ve become common. At Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we want to make your repair as easy as possible. If there’s a way to fix your pipes without the massive trenches and piles of dirt, that’s what we’ll do.

What Causes Sewer Problems?

One of the biggest causes of sewer repair is buildup and flushing of non-flushable items. The only things that should be going down your drains are your family’s natural waste and toilet paper. Oil and debris from food, sanitary products, and other items will clog your pipes and create cracks.

Tree root infiltration, construction in the area, improper installation, and improper sewer line maintenance can also create cracks and disturbances in the pipes. Age and corrosion are completely unavoidable and will negatively impact your sewer lines over time.

How To Tell If There’s A Problem

There are a few classic signs that your sewer line has a problem, and they’re all similar to the signs of a clogged drain. You should be looking out for gurgling noises coming from any of your drains, bad smells, any drain that is draining slower than usual.

Other signs of sewer line issues are backup in drains, especially sewage backup, and flooding on your property without any other causation. Avoiding some of these problems is easy like only flushing the right things or focusing on proper maintenance, but you can’t avoid others. Age and corrosion are eventually going to impact your sewer line, and you need to be prepared.

Sewer Repair Options

The amount of needed excavation will depend on what job your plumber needs to do, but there are less invasive options for some repairs. Once we evaluate your sewer system, we’ll be able to tell you the best repair options for your situation.

Open-Top Repairs

Open-top repairs are when your plumber needs access to a large portion of the line. This is the most dreaded repair option for most homeowners. When your entire system or you need to replace a large area of the pipe, this is the best way to do it.

Sometimes the issue is too great to avoid digging out a large area of the pipe. This technique is usually a last resort, but it also can cost less than trenchless options.

Trenchless Repairs

Trenchless repairs are popular because they involve less digging, and it doesn’t destroy your entire lawn. There are several different methods of trenchless repairs like hydro excavation, tunneling, and backfilling.

Hydro excavation uses pressurized water and precision to clear out the debris in the pipe without causing a mess. Tunneling involves digging underneath a building without tearing up the foundation or flooring. Once the tunnel is ready, a plumber will enter the tunnel and replace the pipes by hand.

Finally, backfilling is usually the method that completes the repair by adding soil to the area around the pipe to create a stable foundation. There must be no rocks or debris in the soil, so there is nothing to impact the pipes negatively.

Sewer Repair In Florida

When you need a professional sewer repair, call Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning at 1-888-773-1524. Our professional plumbers are waiting to help you with all of your plumbing and sewer needs. Feel free to ask us any questions while we figure out the best course of action for you.

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