It is rare that one thinks about a sewer line until something goes wrong. Usually, you will notice something like a gurgling noise from the toilet, slow water drainage, or a foul smell coming or sinkhole in your backyard. These are tell-tale signs that there is a problem with your sewer line. So, where do you start? How do you find a professional to deal with the issue in a timely and cost efficient manner?
Let’s take a look at the process:
Assess Your Options
The first thing to do is access your options. Sewer pipes fail for some reasons. Like many items, pipelines have a lifespan and can last anywhere between 50 and 100 years depending on the material they are made from and when they were installed. Trees can root into pipes causing cracks or cracks may naturally appear. Sewer pipes may also get clogged with an accumulation of muck and dirt which causes them to fail. Part of accessing your options is to find out what sort of damage has occurred to your sewage pipe. For instance, if there is a wet and smelly sinkhole appearing in your backyard, the pipe is likely broken and needs replacing. Similarly, if the main problem is slow water drainage, the problem may be caused by a crack in the tube.
Weight up the Pros and Cons
Once you have understood the problem, you need to weight up the pros and cons of the options available to you. Replacing and repairing sewer pipeline is an expensive task to undertake. However, a new method of fixing cracks and even replacing full pipes called trenchless technologies has emerged on the market as an excellent option. While the base price for traditional pipe repair and replacement and trenchless technologies are similar, there is one significant difference which gives trenchless the edge. Regular repairs require the removal of all ground above the pipe that is being fixed or replaced. This is a huge undertaking and can involve destroying a landscaped garden, driveway, or public property. The costs involved in such as task can add up quickly and significantly.
On the other hand, trenchless technologies use a method of repair which requires only one or two small holes, causing minimal damage to the ground above the pipe and saving thousands of dollars. The method used by trenchless involves feeding a durable, polyethylene pipe through the old pipe to replace it for major repairs. For cracking, the technology uses a fiberglass liner which is supplied through the tube until it solidifies and seals the crack. These methods are also much quicker than traditional methods as there is far less labor involved in removing the ground above the pipeline.
Finally, when sourcing a repair professional to fix or replace your sewage pipe, the best thing you can do is ask questions. Ask traditional repair professionals who do not use trenchless technologies to explain the full cost of repairs including the work involved in removing and replacing the ground above the pipe. Ensure you ask the right questions to receive a comprehensive and correct estimate. Similarly, talk to a trenchless sewer repair professional to understand how this technology works and why it may be the best solution to your sewage pipeline problem.