How Sewer Line Replacements Work
Though most of the time we’re able to clear blocked drains using drain jetting which is done using high pressure water jets, occasionally even this isn’t enough to clear the system.
In these cases, and in cases where the pipe itself is damaged beyond repair, meaning drain repairs cant be undertaken, resulting in the broken section needing to be removed and replaced. Once done, this job will help the system to run smoothly once more, allowing water and waste to drain away from your property quickly and efficiently.
However, as this is a complex job that requires specialist skills and expertise, it should always be carried out by a professional contractor. Replacing a sewer line needs to be done carefully and to a high standard, otherwise it could cause you more problems in the future.
Why do sewer lines need replacing?
There are lots of things that can cause damage to a sewer line resulting in it needing to be replaced. Often this damage is caused by blockages, wear and tear, through tree roots, building works and extreme weather can also damage the pipes in your drainage system.
Often, a drainage specialist will attempt to clear or repair the sewer, however, if this can’t be done, they’ll need to replace the section that’s causing you problems.
How sewer line replacements work
There are various techniques used to replace sewer lines, the method your chosen professional employs will depend on the extent of the damage to the pipe and the position of the pipe within your property.
Occasionally, the job will require a trench to be dug and a large section of the sewer to be removed and replaced. Though this is a relatively large job, an experienced contractor should be able to complete it quickly and efficiently.
Alternatively, you could have your drain re-lined. This innovative method of repair removes the need for expensive excavations and minimises disruption to your property. The technique involves inserting a lining into the damaged section of pipe.
This lining then bonds to the inside of the existing pipe, effectively making a pipe within a pipe. Efficient and affordable, this method can help to get your system working again as quickly as possible.
Once your sewer line has been replaced, you’ll need to carefully maintain it and the rest of your sewer system to prevent more blockages from damaging the section in the future.