Are you concerned about your main sewer line? This part of your plumbing system is responsible for safely draining your home’s waste water into the city sewer line or a septic tank. That connection may be interrupted however, by dangerous clogs in the drain pipe. When the line becomes damaged, you’ll want a knowledgeable plumber to help guide your next steps.
If you need to schedule an inspection for your drain line, or if you’ve found yourself in a plumbing emergency, call our team at 404-475-3009! You can rely on the plumbing professionals at Plumbers 4 Real to carefully examine drain line and get to the heart of the problem. Should you require sewer line replacement in Marietta, GA, you can count on our skilled plumbers for impeccable service.
Reasons for Replacement
There comes a time when a damaged sewer line is simply beyond fixing. For some homeowners, that moment comes when multiple waste water puddles start forming in the yard. Others may experience sewer backflow after part of the line has collapsed. Whatever the situation may be, a damaged sewer line should not be left alone for long.
Decision Process: Repair vs Replacement
There are few factors to weigh in your decision to repair or replace, such as:
- Damage spread
- Extent of damage
- Difficulty of repair
- Age of the pipe
The first step in planning a course of action should be to carefully inspect the drain line. Using a sewer line camera, our insightful plumbers can assess the degraded portions of the pipe from the inside. This is also a great way to see what sort of drain cleaning may be required prior to fixing the line. If the degradation is confined to a small portion of the pipe, sewer repair will probably be the most cost-effective option. However, spread out damage will be more expensive to repair effectively, making replacement a more likely option.
One sure sign that your line needs replacement is total or partial collapse. With this extensive damage, putting a band-aid on a small portion of the piping will not fix the damage. If that’s the case, it’s time to consider which replacement options will work best for your home.
As you and your plumber work together to make a decision, be sure to include the age of your sewer drain pipe in your considerations. While a 20 year old line may have plenty of value left to offer, a 50+ year pipe should be replaced. If you aren't sure which option is right for your plumbing, see what your insightful plumber has to say!
Choosing the Best Replacement Method
Once it’s clear that replacement is the best way to go for your family’s needs, the next step is to decide which method will be most cost-effective. This will differ from house to house, so don’t feel like one option is automatically better than the other. Below, we’ll explain the most prominent solutions, including trenchless sewer replacement.
If you have any questions about the process or if you’d like to get a quote, talk with one of our friendly plumbers at Plumbers 4 Real! You can reach our team at 404-475-3009 to learn more about our Marietta, GA sewer line replacement. Find out why countless homeowners rely on us for this tough project.
Traditional Sewer Replacement
When it comes to traditional replacement methods (i.e., digging), the plumbing work is actually cheaper than newer trenchless solutions. However, trenching through your property is a very laborious process. Digging up the entire length of the yard often requires special earth moving equipment. On top of that, the project may extend beneath the sidewalk and the street, and you have to acquire permits for the work. There’s a chance the project will cause traffic to detour, which you would have to pay for.
After the line is replaced, the work will need to be checked by a city inspector. Once the inspector has given the all clear, your plumbing professionals then fill in the trenches and recover the sewer line. The affected sidewalk and street sections will also be restored.
Depending on the scope of the project, trenching may (or may not) be more expensive than alternative methods of main sewer line replacement. There are some situations where trenching is more cost-effective. You’ll want to discuss the boundaries of the project with your trusted plumber to see what preparations will be required.
Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement
A common trenchless method of replacing a failed sewer line is pipe bursting. While it requires digging two access points to get started, it’s a significantly smaller area compared with old-school trenching. Using special equipment, a new drain line (of larger or equal dimensions to your old line) is pulled through the existing drain path. As the new piping is pulled into place, the old line fractures outward.
While the equipment required may cause trenchless replacement to be more expensive than old-school digging (initially), there’s the potential to save thousands of dollars in restoration costs.
Trenchless methods are generally only available if the there is ample room in the existing pipe. If sewer drain line has completely collapsed and there is no room to draw a cable through, the line will have to be dug up the old-fashioned way. The video camera inspection in the preparation phase will determine whether pipe bursting is possible.