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Becoming Better Informed About Repairing Your Sewer Line

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Sewer line damage can wreak havoc on a property by causing inconvenience and costly repairs. Understanding sewer line damage and the available repair techniques is essential for homeowners and property managers alike.

What Are Common Causes Of Sewer Line Damage?

Tree roots can be an issue for sewer lines. As trees grow, their roots often extend and infiltrate underground pipes, causing blockages and structural damage. The invasive roots can wrap around pipes tightly, leading to cracks or complete breakage.

Another culprit behind sewer line damage is aging pipes. Over time, pipes deteriorate due to natural wear and tear or corrosion caused by soil or chemicals in the water. This deterioration weakens the pipe structure, making it susceptible to leaks, cracks, and collapses.

The shifting nature of the ground can also contribute to sewer line damage. The ground movement caused by earthquakes or soil settlement can exert pressure on underground pipes. This pressure can lead to misalignment, fractures, or complete separation within the pipe system.

How Can Sewer Line Inspections Diagnose Problems?

Sewer line inspections have significantly evolved with advancements in technology. Video camera inspections have become a popular method for diagnosing sewer line problems accurately. Specialized cameras are pushed into the pipes to provide real-time footage of their condition. This allows professionals to identify issues such as cracks, blockages, or tree root intrusion without resorting to disruptive excavations.

Smoke testing is one option for diagnosing leaks in the sewer line. During this process, non-toxic smoke is pumped into the sewer system. If there are leaks, the smoke will escape through them, making it easy for professionals to identify and locate problem areas. This method can also be quick as the smoke may only need a few minutes to be visible enough for the leak to be located.

What Are Trenchless Sewer Repair Methods?

Cured-in-place pipe lining is among the most common and durable solutions for repairing a sewer line. A resin-coated flexible liner is inserted into the broken pipe as part of this method. The liner adheres to the interior wall of the existing pipe and cures into a durable new one. This method eliminates the need for extensive excavation and minimizes disruption to landscaping or structures above ground.

In cases where complete replacement of a damaged pipe is necessary, pipe bursting offers an innovative solution without extensive digging. This method pulls a new pipe through while simultaneously fracturing and pushing aside the old one. The bursting head breaks apart old pipes as it moves forward and installs new ones in their place.

For more information on septic services, contact a professional near you.