If your yard has sewage in it or you notice sewer odors in your home or outside, have your sewer line checked to see if it's cracked or collapsed. If your pipes are old, they could be weak, corroded, and failing. Even new pipes can develop problems from tree roots, earth movement, or vehicles driving over them. Here are suggestions on how to handle sewer damage and sewer repair.
Have The Sewer Line Inspected
Before you start digging around in your yard, have a pipe inspection done with a camera. You might eventually need to do some digging to make sewer repairs, but there's no need to uncover the pipe just to check its condition. Instead, a plumber can send a camera through the pipe so you can see if the pipe has a crack, is full of roots, or if it's collapsed. Once you know what's going on with the pipe, the plumber will make recommendations for repairs and help you decide the best way to fix the problem.
Learn About The Trenchless Repair Option
There are a couple of ways to go about making sewer repairs. One is to dig a trench so the old pipe can be pulled out and replaced, and the other is to do trenchless repairs. Trenchless repairs can be done by pulling a pipe liner through the old pipe to replace the pipe from the inside, out. Another trenchless method is to pull the new pipe under the ground and bust up the old pipe as it goes. You may not always have a choice of which method you prefer because trenchless repairs may not be possible due to the configuration or depth of the old pipe.
However, if you can choose the type of repairs you want, it helps if you understand the pros and cons of each option so you make the best choice for your yard and your budget. Working on a sewer line can involve tearing up your lawn, and you may want to avoid digging up your prize rose bushes if possible. The advantage of trenchless repairs is you don't have to dig up the old pipe, and the new pipe can even be pulled under an alley, driveway, or shed.
Learn How To Protect Your Sewer Line
Once you have a new pipe or new liner in place, the repaired pipe should last for many years. However, you may want to ask the contractor about how you can avoid a repeat of problems, such as by not driving over the pipe and being careful about planting trees nearby that can force roots into the pipe.