How Often Should a Sewer Line Be Cleaned?

How Often Should a Sewer Line Be Cleaned?If you are experiencing sewage back up then you may need to consider arranging periodic cleanings of your sewer line. Getting your sewer lines cleaned out as a preventative measure can help you in the future so that you will not have any problems with it backing up in to your bathtub or other places in your home. An experienced plumber can come out to your home and help you clean out your sewer lines. You want to be sure that you trust only the best plumber in the business so that you get the results that you are looking for. There are many plumbers that will claim to do a good job but you need to make sure that the one you hire is one that can help you decide if you should indeed have your sewer line cleaned on a regular basis or would it be more economical to have the sewer line repaired to avoid future blockages.

There are different methods that a plumber can use to ensure that your pipes are cleaned of all sewage. An experienced plumber will know how to conduct the cleaning properly and will know which technique will be best for your home. After you have a plumber fix your backup problem in your pipes you should talk to him about how often you should have your sewer lines cleaned. You may be surprised at the answer you get but remember that you need to do preventative care on your home or else you will end up with big problems all too often.

When your plumber comes out to your home to help you with your sewer lines they may bring a sewer camera to inspect the piping. This will help the plumber to know exactly what the problem is and how he can solve it. If you try to fix the problem on your own you may not have access to all of the great equipment that a professional plumber would have in order to get your sewer lines back to working condition.

For questions about sewer camera inspection or cost on repairing a sewer line using a “no dig,” trenchless technology that could potentially save you thousands of dollars as a homeowner, please feel free to contact us at Pipe Rehab Specialist.

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Should I Have My Sewer Inspected Before I Buy a House?

How Can I Prevent My Sewer From Backing Up?First time home buyers will have so much to think about that they may start to feel overwhelmed. They will have no idea what needs to be done to decide if a house should be purchased or not. Many people will have the home inspected, which is a really good thing. However, they may not know that the sewers are not inspected in a typical home inspection. There can be a lot of problems in the plumbing in any home that is over twenty years old. So this inspection will require hiring a plumber who can come with special camera equipment to look at the plumbing.

People can call around for a plumber in their area to ask if they do this kind of sewer video inspection. Most plumbers will have the right equipment and most will cost about the same for this inspection. Again, this will be a good idea in any home that is over twenty years old. The plumber will be able to answer all kinds of questions about what this inspection can show. There have been different kinds of plumbing materials used over the years. Really old materials will just dissolve over time and create a big mess where there is basically no pipes left.

Also, tree roots can break apart and destroy pipes, also causing a big, stinky mess. That is why they say anything over twenty years old needs to be checked. It is not just based on the materials of the pipes. It is based on how long the tree roots have had to grow and expand around the pipes. The sewer video inspection of the pipes will show if this is a problem.

Depending on what the plumber finds in his inspection can change a lot of things. For instance, if people want to do the work of fixing any problems then they can ask for the price of the home to be reduced. They need to be aware that it might not be too much trouble to fix the pipes. They might not have to dig up the whole yard. There is a trenchless pipe repair technique where the heavy duty patches are placed inside that damaged pipes. It’s very easy without digging up the yard, driveways or sidewalks. Of course, if it looks like too much then people can just decide to not buy the home. That will be nice that they have the chance to find the problem before they buy the house.

For questions about sewer camera inspection or cost on repairing a sewer line using a “no dig,” trenchless technology that could potentially save you thousands of dollars as a homeowner, please feel free to contact us at Pipe Rehab Specialist.

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How Can I Prevent My Sewer From Backing Up?

How Can I Prevent My Sewer From Backing Up?A flood in your basement cause by backed up sewer can be a devastating experience for any homeowner. Not only do you have to deal with the damage caused by flood waters, you have to deal with issues caused by sewage entering your home. It is possible to take precautions so that you can prevent having your sewer problems and most importantly prevent your sewer from backing up. Here are some of the important routine tips you can follow to prevent your sewer from backing up:

  • Regular inspections and cleanings can help to ensure that your sewer line is properly working and will help to reduce the risk of backups. Making inspections of your sewer lines include connects under sinks and as well as your main sewer line. Because most of your sewer line is below your foundation or buried underground, you may want to consider periodically having a sewer camera inspection done by professionals. Routine cleanings can be done much easier. Often times using commercial products or ingredients found at home such as draino can loosen up debri in your pipe all at once and collect together further down the line to cause a bigger clog in the pipe.
  • Be aware of sewer lines and what is washed or flushed down them. For instance, ensuring that no grease is poured down kitchen drains will help to prevent messy sewer backups. Being careful of paper products and knowing that sanitary products as well as diapers cannot be flushed will help to reduce the risk of a sewer line backup as well.
  • When planting and completing your outdoor landscaping, knowing where plumbing lines are when planting trees will help you avoid root intrusions. One of the most common reasons for sewer problems outside of the home is from tree roots in sewer lines that invade and clog or otherwise damage sewer lines.
  • When you notice slow running drains, you can easily treat them to avoid complete blockages. Making sure to be proactive in caring for drains as soon as a problem is discovered can ensure that you won’t have more substantial problems later on caused by your sewer line backing up such as sewage getting into your carpet and drywall.
  • The same can be said for physical problems you may notice in sewer line connections. Repair problems as soon as they are discovered to avoid not only more substantial sewer backups or damage but to reduce the costs of repair as well.

Taking precautions to care for your sewer by doing routine inspections and cleanings by a certified professional, repairing damaged areas as soon as they are discovered, and taking precaution in making sure to avoid flushing items that can damage them will help to reduce the risk of sewer backups as well as ensure that your sewer system will serve you and your family well for many years to come.

For questions about sewer camera inspection or cost on repairing a sewer line using a “no dig,” trenchless technology that could potentially save you thousands of dollars as a homeowner, please feel free to contact us at Pipe Rehab Specialist.

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Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Sewer Line?

Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Sewer Line?A broken sewer pipe can cause damage to areas of your home as well as be a costly repair. There are many different options for sewer line repair or replacement, but the question may arise whether the repair or replacement will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Here is what you need to understand about homeowners insurance and how it relates to sewer line breaks:

  • Each homeowner’s insurance policy can vary in their coverage, but standard coverage often includes damages and repairs to your home that is caused by non-negligent or unpreventable damages. Your sewer line may fall under this definition depending on where the break is and what caused it.
  • Where is the break in the pipe? Determining the exact location of the break in the pipe can be difficult. Often the best way to discover the damage and to locate the break is with the use of a small sewer inspection camera that is sent through the sewer pipe. The camera can help you locate the break as well as help to record the distance from the insertion point to the break. Breaks that occur outside of your foundation walls are often not covered by insurance companies.
  • The overall condition of the sewer pipe will come into play in determining if repair or replacement will be covered by your homeowners insurance. Insurance adjusters will consider the age and overall condition of the pipe both at the break as well as in other areas of the sewer line. If the entire sewer pipe looks aged and in disrepair the break will often not be covered and will instead be listed as caused by lack of maintenance and upkeep. If your sewer pipe is new and shows no signs aging or wear before or after the break the chances of having the repair covered increase.
  • Other conditions that could affect whether your insurance company will pay for a replacement or repair of the sewer line tie directly to the cause of the break. If it can be proven that the break was caused by poor workmanship or installation the chances of having the repair costs covered increase significantly. On the other hand, if the cause of the break can be linked to outside causes such as tree root infiltration or damage caused by outside forces the insurance company most likely will not cover the repair or replacement.

The final decision about whether a sewer line will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance comes down to the cause of the damage, the resulting effects, and the exact location. However, it is important to note that even if the repair itself is not covered by your homeowner’s policy it is possible that cleaning and restoration costs for damage the sewer line break may have caused in your home are more likely to be covered. This includes cost of cleaning and remediating the damage caused by sewer backups or water damage. When faced with the potential cost of a sewer line replacement or trenchless pipe repair it never hurts to check with your insurance company to find out exactly what your specific policy covers in relation to your sewer line.

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Sewer Line Replacement Cost vs. Sewer Line Repair Cost

Sewer Line Replacement Cost vs. Sewer Line Repair CostA broken sewer line anywhere in your home is a major concern and can become a costly expense. When you first begin to notice the warning signs of sewer line problems you should act quickly to determine the cause and to find out what options you have available. The most common sewer line repairs inside your home can be tackled as a do-it-yourself project, but for those that involve your home’s main sewer line you may want to consider the costs and advantages of sewer line replacement vs. sewer repair. Here are some of the areas to consider:

  • It is important to determine where the break in the sewer line is. Most often you will know there is a problem with your sewer line as it begins to run slower or causes back-ups inside your home. To determine exactly where the problem in the sewer line is a plumber can use a small sewer camera inside the sewer line. This will help to give you a look at the inside of the pipe and the area of damage as well as help determine the exact location of the sewer line and the break.
  • Once you have seen the break and can determine how far along the sewer line it is you will be able to better determine if it is under the foundation of your home or under and exterior lawn area. The location of the break will make a great difference in the cost to excavate the area to repair or replace the sewer line break.
  • Consider the different options to reach the sewer line break vs. the cost to replace the entire sewer line.
    • Trenching to reach a sewer line can be quite an invasive project that requires digging through your entire yard or even breaking through your foundation. Depending on if you want to repair only the break area or replace the entire line will determine how big of a trench will need to be dug. For a complete sewer line replacement you can expect extensive trenching and even higher expenses if the sewer line connection to the main city sewer must be repaired or replaced.
    • New trenchless sewer line technology (CIPP) allows you to replace the entire sewer line without digging a trench. Using specialized machinery a liner is inserted into a pipe impregnated with a thermosetting resin, which is expanded and cured to form a tight-fitting liner within the host pipe, a pipe within a pipe. This process will repair your sewer line only at the damaged points potentially saving you thousands of dollars especially if the break is under your foundation, driveway or a tree.
  • Consider time frame and cost when deciding on which method will work best for your needs. With traditional trenchless replacement you may need permits, with Trenchless CIPP, no permit is required. If you choose to replace your sewer line, you will be without your sewer line for a time but with trenchless technology, only a few hours is required.

Finding a break in your sewer line may be one of the most expensive repairs you face as a homeowner. When you are determining whether to simply repair or to replace the entire sewer line it is important to consider the overall condition of your sewer line, the age of your home, and the investment you want to make in your home. When possible, replacing the entire sewer line will give you a better and longer lasting result.

Pipe Rehab Specialists specializes in Residential and Municipal trenchless pipe repair. If you are have sewer line problems and want to know the sewer line replacement cost vs. sewer line repair cost, please contact us for an estimate.

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Fixing a Broken Sewer Line under House or Driveway

Fixing a Broken Sewer Line under House or DrivewayOne of the most frustrating and costly repairs a homeowner can face is a break in their main sewer line. Not only does a break in the sewer line often cause sewage back-up into your home, it can be difficult to find the exact location of the break and difficult to repair if it is under the foundation or driveway of your home. The first time you have a sewer line back-up, you may not suspect a major problem with your sewer line. If however, you continue to have problems with multiple drains in your home or continue to see sewage back-ups, it is time to call in a professional to help evaluate your sewer line to determine if there is a break. Breaks are often discovered when a plumber uses a scope or small pipe camera that is sent down your sewer line to inspect the inside of the pipe. The images from the camera can not only show you the break but be useful in finding where along the line the break is so you know where the repair is needed. It is common to find that a sewer line break is under your foundation, sidewalk, or driveway. Here is what to expect when completing these type of sewer line repairs:

  • Once the break is discovered you should locate it using the camera and other tools. The hardest part is locating exactly how your sewer line is run, where your sewer line goes, and finding the exact spot.
  • Once the general location of the break is identified you must determine the best access. For foundations you most likely have no option other than to remove any flooring and break open the cement unless you use trenchless sewer line repair as a more economical solution. For driveways you can avoid the more costly option of breaking up the cement and using instead trenchless pipe repair. This allows you to trench or undermine the driveway until you reach the sewer line.
  • With the foundation cut or broken open, or the driveway trenched under you can see the sewer line and find the break. You then cut out and remove the damaged section of the sewer line and replace it
  • With replacing or working with the sewer line, it is important to remember to keep the original drain slope. This slope is what helps to remove the sewage from your home. After replacing the break test your sewer line before filling in the hole.

The actual repair of a sewer line is not that difficult, the problems and cost come more in making access to the sewer line area. For those homeowners who experience a broken sewer line under your home, the expenses can be high. To avoid the high cost of digging up the foundation, sidewalks or driveways trenchless sewer line repair is the perfect alternitive.

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What is CIPP? – Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining

What is CIPP?

So you are wondering what CIPP is. CIPP stands for Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining and has been a method of pipe repair and restoration for over 35 years in the US. This method is commonly referred to as Trenchless Technologies or Trenchless Pipe Repair and has been an approved and is the preferred method of rehabilitation for broken, cracked or damaged sewer pipes, especially for large industries. This lining is a more efficient method for pipe repair than the typical open cut methods of pipe replacement. Additionally, it is less expensive than pipe replacement and does not cause any sort of surface disruption that may require digging up sidewalks or driveways. This method can be used on virtually any variety of piping, including cast iron, clay, PVC, concrete, ABS, Orangeburg, HDPE and corrugated metal pipes. The CIPP lining process was actually established in England, and quickly becoming a popular and cost effective way to repair different pipe problems.

The CIPP liners are composed of layers of tubes that feature non-woven polyester felt and an exterior coating of polyurethane. The material then undergoes a process referred to as wet-out in order to add a flexible strength to the liner. When the wet-out process is completed it must be transferred to the site of installation. The CIPP liner is then positioned into the original pipe by either air or water inversion or can be winched into the proper position. Once the CIPP liner is in the proper position it is then inflated by a steady stream of air pressure or a column of water, which will actually press the lining material into the wall of the host pipe. Once the CIPP liner has become completely inflated the installers then circulate hot water or steam in order to activate the thermosetting resin material, in order for it to harden. Once the hardening has completely set, its temperature is slowly reduced, which is necessary in order to prevent the CIPP lining from shrinking (before/after video).

When the CIPP liner is properly installed the result is a “new pipe within an old pipe.” These liners are actually designed so that they are strong and stable independently and do not rely on the original pipe for any support or structural contribution. While the addition of a CIPP liner will actually reduce the overall diameter of the original pipe, this reduction is made up by the increased flow surface of the CIPP liner. This method can actually fix a number of different pipe problems. Some of the most common include root infiltration, inflow and sewer infiltration problems as well as pipes that have been offset at the joints or that feature missing pieces of pipe.

If you are experiencing pipe problems that may require CIPP technology, please contact Pipe Rehab Specialists for a quote or any additional information.

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How Long Do Sewer Pipes Last?

When it comes to sewer lines, the length of time the sewer pipes will last is dependent on the material that was used to create them. There are two basic types of materials that were used to create sewer lines.

  • Prior to 1980 clay pipes were used.
  • After 1980 PVC pipe was/is used.

How Long Do Sewer Pipes Last?Clay pipes were an economical way for builders and sewer workers to create a main sewer line prior to 1980. Additionally, PVC was not widely used during this time, which made clay pipes the most logical option. Clay sewer pipes can typically last for 50 to 60 years.

How Long Do Sewer Pipes Last?PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe was designed to last for long periods of time, typically over 100 years. After 1980 this pipe replaced the old version of clay pipes as the “go to” piping for sewer lines. However, both types of piping will eventually wear out. While they are estimated to last a certain amount of time, this does not mean they necessarily will.

The simple fact is, no matter how long your sewer lines should last, you should be aware of the warning signs of a broken sewer line. Some classic examples that your sewer line needs repairs or to be replaces include:

  • Foul or strange odor in your yard. As pipes age, both clay and PVC, they may become cracked or damaged. As a result the substances that flow through them will begin seeping to the top of the ground. This is a classic indication that it is time to replace or re-line the sewer lines for your home.
  • Another tell-tale sign occurs in a highly used area of your home: the bathroom. Strange gurgling sounds, sludge in the bathtub and other nasty problems can occur when your sewer line is damaged.

If you notice either of these signs you should call a sewer line proffessional right away to prevent further problems. A broken or damaged sewer pipe can mean serious issues for your yard, as well as your home, therefore taking action immediately is required. In most cases you can repair the sewer line using a trenchless sewer repair process call CIPP pipelining, such as in instances of breaks in the line or roots in the pipe, however, if the damage is too extensive, it may be more economical to replace the entire sewer line. While this can be a costly expense, it will not be anything compared to the cost you will incur if the sewer line backs up into your home. Do not let this happen to you, call for a professional sewer camera inspection right away.

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Why Does My Sewer Keep Backing Up?

Why does my sewer keep backing up?Understanding what causes your sewer to keep backing up will help you take preventative steps for the future. Additionally, you can ensure you have the needed tools on hand if it occurs again, who to call to help clean up and who to call to to clear or repair the sewer line so the backup will not occur again. There can be problems caused by either the main sewer line, which will be the cities responsibility, or the lines leading from the main line to your home. If this is the case, the issue is your responsibility to take care of.

When it comes down to determining the cause of a sewer backup, there are three basic culprits. Some are fairly easy to detect, while others may be hidden and need professional detection methods to diagnose the problem correctly. In most cases a sewer line camera will be used by a trained professional to diagnose the issue. Use this guide on how to determine and recognize the most common types of sewer issues.

  • Flushing of foreign objects. This is the number one cause of sewer back-ups. This typically occurs between the home and main sewer pipe. Some of the most common culprits are feminine products, diapers, broken dishware and other solid items. When this occurs it will typically only affect the home where the item was flushed and cause a backup in the drains in the home. While they may slowly drain, the issue typically reappears when the water is turned back on. Professional assistance is usually needed to clear the offending object.
  • Problems with the structure of the pipes. The structure of the pipes of a sewer will deteriorate over time leading to serious issues. This can occur on both the main sewer lines as well as ones that go directly to your home. Some of the most common structural issues that can occur include: collapsing pipes, sagging lines, holes or cracks in the pipe or pipes that are not properly lined up. These problems can be fixed using a trenchless sewer repair process called cipp pipelining. If there is too much damage to the sewer line, replacing the sewer line may be the only option.
  • Tree roots. There are many times that tree roots can cause cracks, holes or misaligned pipes as they grow. Additionally, they will cause blockages as they travel up the pipes. This can be an extremely costly issue if not caught right away. Again, this problems can be fixed using a trenchless sewer repair process called cipp pipelining. But if there is too much damage to the sewer line, replacing the sewer line may be the only option.

Heavy rains and vandalism can also cause the sewer lines to become backed up. There are many cases when the sewer cannot handle the amount of water that enters, thus causing backups in residential drains. Knowing the most common causes may help you prevent problems in the future.

If you are in need of a trained professional to diagnose and repair your sewer line, please Contact Us for a quote.

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Broken Sewer Line Symptoms

If there is a break in your main sewer line this can equal big problems for you. All of the drains within your home lead to the main sewer line, which then carries the waste to either the city line or your septic tank. At the time of construction the sewer line may have been installed correctly, however, as your home ages so do the pipes and other drainage elements. This can lead to a plethora of issues, including pipe breakage.

If your sewer lines do become broken you can be at risk for a variety of issues including:Broken Sewer Line Symptoms

  • Flooding within your home
  • Exposing your home to diseases and chemicals that sewage leakage from a broken pipe can cause
  • Be prone to an infestation of bugs and rats
  • Damages to your yard and home

In order to prevent these disastrous problems, you should know the warning signs and symptoms of a broken sewage pipe and take steps to have the issue repaired right away. Some broken sewer line symptoms you should be aware of include:

  • A noticeable smell of sewage in, around or beneath your home
  • Soft or mushy areas in the yard when it has not rained for a while
  • Presence of rat holes or rats in your yard
  • Notification from the city or sewage provide that there is a break in the line

When you see any of these symptoms you should call a professional repair person as soon as possible. Delaying service and repairs can lead to devastating issues for both your yard and home. In most cases, the technician will be able to determine if the problem lays within your homes pipes or if it is a city issue. This is typically done with either a video inspection or dye indicators. If it is an issue with the pipes running from you home, you should ensure you have the problem area replaced or repaired to prevent any further damages.

If you suspect that you may have a broken sewer line and would like to get a quote on repairing the damaged pipe as opposed to an expensive sewer line replacement using CIPP Technology, contact Pipe Rehab Specialists (Residential and Municipal)

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