For many homeowners, it can come as a shock to discover that your sewer line is in need of repairs. Whether the issue is encroaching tree roots or ordinary wear and tear, the need for maintenance can quickly become urgent. But sewer line repair or replacement often requires extensive excavation in your yard, which is a hassle. Thankfully, there is a wide range of options available to tailor the project to your needs and budget.
Alternatives to Sewer Line Repair & Replacement
Depending on your situation, you may be able to put off major repairs for a while. If the main source of damage is tree roots, you can deter their growth by treating your sewer line with copper sulfate twice a year. Just flush the chemical down your toilet, and tree roots will back off. However, this is only a temporary solution, and you'll still need plumbing work done eventually.
The traditional approach to sewer line replacement is to dig a trench along the entire line from the home to the public sewer system. In some cases, this requires road cutting as well as the removal of trees, pavement, or structures in the yard. This process is still used most of the time, and it can be the least expensive option if there are few obstacles or landscaping features in the way.
However, if repairing your yard after excavation would be too difficult or costly, there are other options. Pipe lining and pipe bursting are two techniques offered by some plumbing services to minimize digging. During pipe lining, your plumber will insert an inflatable tube from one end of the sewer line to coat its length in resin, essentially creating a new pipe within the old one. Pipe bursting, on the other hand, destroys the old pipe while replacing it with a new one. Both options are more expensive on average than traditional excavation—but once you factor in the cost of landscaping restorations, you may save money.
If your sewer line is clogged, broken, or backed up, don't wait for a fix. Call a local plumber today to schedule repairs and discuss your options.
All-Pro Plumbing in East Point, KY, offers plumbing, installation, and 24/7 emergency service to keep your water flowing. Their skilled and licensed technicians offer a range of plumbing services, from sewer line repair to water heater replacement. To schedule service, call (606) 886-1362 or contact the company online.