If your sewer pipe burst, would you know what to do?
We often don’t think about our sewer lines until there’s a problem and it’s a project that can be quite expensive and leave your yard a mess.
However, newer techniques can lessen the amount of digging required and the cost you can expect to pay, according to our partners at the consumer guide Angie's List.
“In a recent poll, a quarter of respondents have replaced a sewer line and nearly 20 percent said it cost more than $5,000. Sewer replacement can be a very involved project that includes both the sewer line and the landscaping,” said Angie Hicks
A home's main sewer drain carries all household sewage to municipal sewer lines or to an on-site septic system. Older drains can become invaded by tree roots, causing blockage that can lead to sewage backing up into the house.
“As the ground shifts those joints move and then they leak. Then the trees realize hey there is water, nutrients and room to grow so they start growing into the pipe. Some people think the trees attack the sewer, but they have no reason to attack the sewer until it starts leaking they don’t know what’s in it. The more they grow in and truthfully the more someone has the line cabled out and roots cut out it’s like pruning your bush you prune your bush to grow fuller and bigger. You do the same thing when you cable a sewer line your pruning those roots so now they are going to grow in faster and thicker,” says plumbing filed supervisor Chris Davis.
If a sewer line springs a leak or is punctured and in need of repair, it can create a mess for the homeowner and plumber. Certain professionals opt for no-dig trenchless sewer repairs, a technology that's gaining popularity.
What is trenchless sewer repair ?
Common types of trenchless sewer line replacement:
*Pipe bursting and lining are equally durable, and many come with warranties ranging from 10 to 50 years.
Chris Davis, a plumbing field supervisor says, “We prefer pipe bursting. What we do is essentially we are pulling a new pipe through the old pipe with hydraulic equipment when we pull the new pipe through we shatter the old pipe as well. With some of the other styles of trenchless you are lining pipes and you have to use the old pipe and you actually have to make the old pipe smaller, with this you are getting a brand new pipe and it’s the same diameter so you don’t have to have a restriction at all.”
A pipe burst can range from three thousand dollars to upwards of twenty thousand dollars. It depends on the extreme of the situation and the location. Pipe bursts can also be done underneath streets because most homeowners don’t realize once their sewers leave their property it’s still their sewer. Out in the middle of the street where your pipe connects is still your responsibility.
When evaluating which method is right for sewer repair, consider the cost of the landscaping or any sidewalks or your driveway that might need to be replaced if they are going to use the traditional method. If it’s going to cost a third of the cost of sewer replacement in order to replace the landscaping and the concrete – then you should go with the trenchless.
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