In the United States, there are over 800,000 miles of public and 500,000 miles connecting private sewers. That’s an awful lot of sewers, and they will all eventually require repairs or replacement.
Over the years, it’s possible that you may require repairs or replacement of your own sewer lines, so it’s important to know the difference and be prepared for whatever you may need in the future.
What Is Sewer Line Repair and Replacement?
Repair: This is common when small issues arise with your sewer lines, including cracks and clogs. It’s typically cheaper than a full replacement and oftentimes has multiple ways to be achieved.
Replacement: With more severe damage, you’ll require a replacement of the sewer line. This usually costs more money than simple repairs.
Ways to Repair a Sewer Line
Depending on the details of your sewer line’s issues, there are a variety of remedies available.
Cable cleaning is standard practice for general maintenance. It’s ideal for routine maintenance and any basic repairs through the utilization of a spinning cable with blades that are able to cut through roots and clear out smaller drains.
Cable cleaning not only rids sewer lines of obstructions, it also helps return the pipe to its original diameter. This will not only increase flow, but also helps the drainage system run smoother.
Hydro jetting uses high-powered water jets to cut through dirt and debris, wash away loose dirt and remove greasy buildup. The intense stream of water pushes the debris down the drain, both cleaning and clearing it.
One of the ideal parts of hydro jetting is that it uses a camera, allowing the operator to view exactly what the obstructions are and to ensure everything has been cleared out.
There are times when sewer line replacement is the only choice. A pipe may have collapsed or been destroyed, rendering it unusable. In these cases, a replacement is necessary.
Using a tiny camera, the service technician will observe and explore the pipe to determine where the issue lies. Once the problem has been pinpointed, the technician will be able to dig at the precise spot and depth to handle it.
This simplified process saves significant time and money, while also alleviating the possibility of mistakes or damage.
Give Us a Call
If you suspect your sewer lines are in need of some TLC, give Texas Drain Specialists a call today so we can come out and take a look!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog where we further discuss all things sewer line repair and replacement, so you know what to keep an eye out for in the future.