When to Replace a Sewer Line

Recurring sewer problems, ones that persist even after repairs, can put you at risk of serious problems. Before you potentially replace a sewer line, your inadequate drainage can put your entire plumbing system, and potentially even your health, at risk. That’s why it’s especially important to fix the root of the problem as soon as possible. In this article, we’ll go over which solution — to repair or replace a sewer line — is right for you.

When Does a Sewer Line Need to be Replaced

Your sewer line may experience issues due to many factors. The distance a section of your sewer line is from your home, for instance, may play a factor in its lifespan. As sections farther from your home may be more prone to failure, this is due to a number of factors, including soil erosion and weather damage. In addition, what you pour down the drain may also play a role.

Here are some warning signs of sewer line damage:

  • Areas of your yard appear waterlogged
  • New patches of overgrowth on your lawn
  • Unexplained foul odors in your home
  • New or unexplained sewage backups
  • Drains become clogged on a regular basis
  • Multiple drains are clogged at the same time
  • Unusual water patterns. For instance, a toilet may become backed up while your washing machine completes a cycle
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What to Know When Replacing a Sewer Line

If you experience one or several of these issues, get in touch with a professional immediately. They will be able to best inform you on when to replace a sewer line.

Professionals can insert a digital camera into the line to inspect the pipe for fractures, clogs, holes, collapsed parts, and even root damage. This is useful in determining if it’s better to repair or replace a sewer line.

We often hear from our customers that they were initially anticipating a partial or full replacement, dreading the price tag that would come along with it. The good news is that one defect does not always mean replacement is necessary.

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How to Replace a Sewer Line

If the professionals conclude that it’s necessary to replace a sewer line, partial replacement may be an option. For pipes with minor damage, specialized tubes can be inserted to patch up small cracks. The epoxy presses against the damaged area, then cures and plugs the leak. The tube can then be easily removed from your pipe.

A sewer system built with quality materials can last upwards of 100 years — but keep in mind that this is with regular maintenance. Even the best sewer lines are vulnerable to the elements and improper use. Some solutions, like trenchless sewer rehabilitation, can extend the life of the section by up to 50 years. However, time is of the essence, acting quickly could potentially save your sewer line.

Diagnosing sewer issues isn’t as straightforward as many homeowners would like. Being both a crucial component of the home, and buried partially or entirely beneath your property, many sewer lines can be difficult to access and fix. That’s the nature of plumbing – and it means that you’ll need a licensed sewer line repair expert if you suspect you have sewer issues, or even need to replace a sewer line that needs a full replacement.

Give us a call at Colorado Excavating, and we’ll be happy to assist you in diagnostics or repair. We’ve been serving the Colorado area since 2014, and have a deep knowledge of the geography and best practices of the area and those around it.

If you’re experiencing sewer line-related issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call — we’ll be there to help you in no time!