The odds are that a new sewer line or sewer pipe means a new home, a remodel to your existing home, repair of existing sewer line, new septic system, or sewer line replacement. Regardless of your needs, installation of a sewer line is a big process.
Intact sewer and water lines are essential to a clean and comfortable home. Whether you have an issue with your sewer line, you are converting your property from septic tank to a city municipal branch main sewer or local water resources, or you have new construction and need your sewer line installed and connected to the city sewer line, research is needed.
Are Sewer Lines Replacement or Repair Needed?
Do you have frequent sewer problems? Are you wondering if a new line would solve them? We know that these are huge questions and that line repair or replacement can represent a significant investment in your home.
A sewer line backup or leak can be frustrating to deal with as a homeowner. While it can be fairly easy for problems in your home’s sewer line to develop, determining the cause of these issues can be an entirely different matter. Not every sewer line or sewer main issue calls for a replacement, but the more you know, the more informed your decision making can be.
Main Causes of Line Concerns
Before a repair project turns into a replacement project, pay close attention to your pipes and the possible signs that indicates there may be a problem. Several factors can negatively impact your pipe system. These factors can cause you to require replacement or repair to your current setup. We have provided a few red flags that could help deter the cost and heartache of calling a plumber, digging up your yard, and avoiding a big project of repair or replacement of your sewer piping. Here we go:
Frequent Pipe Clogs
Frequent pipe clogs may be a sign of something bigger than a build up and eventually a pipe can burst and the need for repair or new pipe line is a strong possibility. Small clogs may occur occasionally, but, if you have clogs that must be cleared by a professional several times per year, that’s a strong indication that your system may need to be replaced.
If persistent drain issues are occurring in your home, there may be a bigger sewer pipe problem hiding underground. A sewer drain clog can be a serious problem that may qualify as a plumbing emergency and a potential health concern. Without a route to the main sewer system or septic field, wastewater may have nowhere to go but to back up into your fixtures or up through floor drains. When faced with a sewer line drain clog, you should not use any of the plumbing in the home until the stoppage is cleared out.
Lack of Maintenance
Avoiding septic tank maintenance or having unresolved issues can cause major concerns to your sewage system. If plumbing issues have been present for many months or years, there will often have been enough damage to require a sewer line replacement.
A common reason for line replacement is a busted pipe somewhere in the system. These can begin as a small trickle and soon turn into a sewage nightmare.
The reason for most sewer line failure is simply old age. Sewer pipes that are old can rupture and leak into the ground around your home causing a terrible odor and possible damage to the home itself. Aging lines are a must happen replacement project to avoid pipes collapsing and causing major damage.
Tree Root Problems
Tree roots can grow into the tiny cracks in pipe couplings and cause serious pipe damage. Pipes are a water source, which trees need to grow.
Review Your Landscaping
Tree roots and other plants can be especially dangerous to pipes containing wastewater. Trees have aggressive root systems that can invade pipes. If the roots find a way into your pipes, they quickly begin to fill any available space to grow.
Our trained technicians will check for possible root problems from nearby trees and bushes and identify any possible risks in the years following your residential sewer line installation or commercial line sewer installation.
Your drain and sewer system is one of the most used, yet most overlooked systems in your home. Think about how many times a day you use them. This system is certainly put to work! Because we use them so frequently, they are prone to clogs and buildup. To help prevent sewer line damage or mitigate an issue when it arises, it’s important to know how to spot the main causes of sewer line damage.
How Do I Know If I Need A New Sewer Line?
While some homeowners choose line replacement when their pipes hit the end of their lifespan, others wait until there are sewer problems. A professional plumber can tell you what exactly is going on in your sewer. It’s never a good idea to attempt sewer work on your own, because the sludge inside can carry dangerous bacteria.
Sometimes, lines need repair or other line services can help instead. No matter the situation, these following issues indicate the need for professional sewer help.
Red Flags To Watch For
Let’s face it, clogs are a pain! Avoid the total expense and removing landscaping and be aware of some signs to watch for that may signal a problem with your sewer, or sewer lines.
If you’re having trouble with multiple drain clogs, you may have a blockage. If several water fixtures won’t drain properly, then you most likely have one somewhere in your line.
Yikes! Rats and bugs are never a good thing, but if your home is visited by unwelcome pests, they may be coming from a crack somewhere in the line.
When your plumbing is engaged, do you ever hear bubbly, gurgling sounds similar to what you hear when a drip coffee pot runs out of water. Do you see air bubbles in the toilet bowl during a flush? This is a warning of a clog in your sewer lines.
Sky-High Water Bills
If it seems like your utility bills are higher than usual, the culprit could be a hidden leak.
Sewage should go down your pipes, but if it winds up going the opposite direction, you’ll want to call a licensed plumber or plumbing professional immediately.
You shouldn’t smell sewage in or around your home. If you can, then there’s probably a crack somewhere in the sewer line.
Mold and Mildew
If you smell something foul and musty, call a plumbing professional immediately. Mold is toxic and a leak can be the cause.
If you’re seeing any of the red flags above, we highly recommend you call in a professional plumber to inspect your sewer system.
Get a Sewer Line Inspection
Although a backed-up sewer can cause major stress in even the calmest homeowner, don’t rush to replace your lines without having it inspected first to diagnose the cause.
Professionals can thread a digital camera into the line to check the pipe condition, identify cracks, blockages, holes, collapsed sections in the pipe, or even root damage. This helps to determine whether a repair or replacement is the best solution.
Sewer Line Installation Solutions
When pipes have extensive damage, a full line replacement rather than a repair needs to be done. There are two main methods used for this process.
Traditional sewer line replacement involves digging a large trench in your property to find and replace the entire piping length. It’s a very invasive process and may involve excavating sidewalks, driveways, patios, lawns, and more. It can also take several days to complete.
After replacing the line and filling the trenches needed, repairs may be required to landscapes and hardscapes.
Trenchless Line Replacement
Trenchless sewer line replacement is much less invasive than the traditional methods and is the preferred method for many professionals. No trenches are required, and there isn’t any major damage to your lawn. Instead, “pipe bursting” is used to destroy the existing line, or pipe section, and immediately replace it with new piping.
Although it can be a slightly more expensive technique, it saves a lot of disruption, and is faster.
Your Sewer Pipe Installation Experts
If your sewer pipe has a severe crack, you may be in need of a sewer line replacement. Whatever the issue is, we have the tools and the training to offer personalized sewer solutions that meet your needs.
Your sewer lines are crucial to the health of your sewer, septic tank, and drainage system. That’s why a properly installed line is important and can go a long way. Installing a line on your own can be risky and can cause damage to your home and foundation.
Some of the problems that can arise are pipe damage, due to backfill and rocks placed on top of the pipe, and an insufficient elevation from the actual slope and the desired slope between your home’s connection point and the exit point. While these might be complicated issues for you to handle on your own, they are easier for a professional to solve because they have the proper tools and knowledge to address the situation.
Why Choose Us?
The experts at Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer & Storm, Inc. understand the challenges associated with installing new sewer line, and main sewer line repair. We work on commercial or residential sewer lines, replacing your sewer line with new line, and install of new pipes.
Line replacements can be complex, invasive, and costly jobs. Making sure you select a reputable local sewer line repair and replacement professional to conduct any work will ensure things go as smoothly as possible.
Ultimately, we strive to be a competitive and trustworthy choice for sewer installation. You won’t find pros like us. You can rely on our team to get the job done and offer the best competitive price possible.
We will review pipe and drain placements in your house. Ensure drain traps in your basement and each of your bathrooms and kitchen are in place to ensure proper distribution of wastewater. The right size sewer line is also needed to minimize the potential of clogs and future leaks.
At Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer & Storm, we ensure your new sewer line installation is completed professionally and in the most cost-effective manner possible for you, the homeowner. Not only will we install the system, but we will also determine which system is best for your property, and according to local regulations through our years of experience in the field. Give us a call today for your estimate!