Sewer Line Repair and Replacement

Your sewage system is one of the most important running systems in your house. Without it, your home’s water works would be unorganized. This is why it is important to maintain your sewer lines and to ensure that they are in consistent working condition.

A basic home sewage system will wash and flush down water and waste down a drain or toilet. On the other hand, a sewer system connects many homes into one drain and if a sewage backup where to take place, all of the people using that system would be affected.

How do I know if my sewage line has an issue?

There are many factors that can affect your sewer lines, but the most notable are:

  • Tree root growth
  • Ground shifts
  • Weather threats
  • Aging of pipes
  • City sewer backup 

All of these factors can impact the functionality of your pipes and can even cause your pipes to break down. That is why you should be aware of the status of them at all times. 

Septic and Sewer systems:

The septic and sewer systems are both drainage systems, however they slightly differ from each other. The septic system is believed to be more eco-friendly and it gives homeowners control over their drainage systems. While the sewer system is more cost-effective and does not involve as much maintenance as the septic system.

How does both of these systems work?

A sewer line is connected through a network of pipes which transport waste out of your home. All of your home’s drains are filtered into a main drain which is eventually transferred to the city’s municipal line.

A septic line must first have a tank to be installed which is placed under the soil and next to the supported property. Waste and water is then filtered into a pipe and filtered again into a drain field. Once the waste is inside the tank, the water splits into a scum layer, a sludge layer and water. The waste water then travels through the pipes and the scum layer is ventitalited out through a separate pipe. The rest of the leftover wastewater is led into a drain field.

Preventing Sewer Issues:

To prevent future sewage issues, you should :

  • Keep your drains clear of debris
  • Never wash grease, chemicals, oil, food or paper down the drain
  • Hire a plumber for regular maintenance checks

If your pipes start to leak or overflow, you should turn off your water supply to limit the damage.

What if I have a septic emergency?

If you have a septic emergency, you should check the water level of the septic tank, if it is below the indicated level, you may have a clogged tank.

What are some of the sewer line solutions?

To fix a broken sewer line we can use these methods:
  • Pipe relining: clean out the pipe, then apply a lining inside to prevent pipe cracks
  • Burst pipe hydraulic replacement: a new sewer pipe is pulled through an old one, the new pipe will replace the old pipe 
  • Preventive pipe maintenance: avoid debris build in your pipes
    • e.g. regular inspections and drain cleaning service 

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