Your sewer main is the primary sewer line that connects your home to the city sewer line. If a sewer main is damaged, it needs to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this usually ends up being considerably expensive. Here is some information to help you determine whether or not you need or should have sewage repair. Also presented is information that will give you an idea of what is involved in sewer repair.
- How long a sewer line will last depends on various factors that affect its integrity. Nevertheless, if your sewer is 50 years or older, it may need replacing. Even if your home is new, the plumbing might be connected to an older pipe, and that older pipe might end up needing repair. To determine what’s wrong with your sewer line, a professional may opt to send a camera down the piping. This will increase the price for sewer main repair but can ultimately save in the long run. By determining the correct problem, it will cut down on unnecessary repair or replacement.
- The main sewer line is entirely underground, often below gardens, patios, lawns, streets, or driveways. This is why sewer line repair is so expensive. You must first have a professional locate the main sewer line, and then you will need to excavate your your property to even access the sewer main. For example, you may have to jackhammer your driveway or tear up your lawn.
Repair & Replacement
- Often the repair needed is not the most expensive part of the process at all. The actual repair may be just the replacement of a length of pipe or the removal of overgrown tree roots. It is the excavation, listed above, that is usually the costly part of the equation.
Types of Repair
- Trenchless Sewer Repair. Traditional sewer repair requires digging a trench, but more and more people prefer to use trenchless sewer repair. Traditional sewer repair requires much digging and excavation to remove and replace broken and cracked pipes. This often leads to the destruction of property, landscape, and structures. It also creates needless debris and contaminated waste, and is sometimes impossible due to ordinances and restrictions. Trenchless sewer repair is a less invasive method. It accomplishes what can be done traditionally without the need to dig or destroy and can even repair pipes underneath existing structures without exposing them. This method is also greener as it reuses pipe that is already in the ground instead of creating waste that has to be carried away.
- CIPP Lining. CIPP (Cured-in-place-pipe) lining is a process where you install a new sewer pipeline inside of an existing one. This method keeps the repair cost cheaper by considerably reducing the amount of excavation needed. Make sure to discuss this option with your contractor before deciding upon it, as it may not be the best option for all sewer pipe repairs.
- You will most likely need to obtain a permit from your city if you need to repair or replace your sewer line. This will ensure that everything is up to code and will prevent problems further down the line. There are even some cases where the section of the sewer that needs repair or replacement is actually on the city’s property rather than your own. In such instances, the city would be responsible for the repair and not you. Always check with a professional to see about obtaining the right permits.