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The purpose of your home’s sewage system is to transport waste away from your property so that you may flush and forget about it. However, if sewage ends up on your floor, the smell will be impossible to ignore.
Sewage is more than just an unpleasant odor; it also includes toxic substances that can injure people and animals. If there is an issue with your water or sewage lines, you will likely detect it in your home or yard before you even realize there is a problem.
These piping systems are an extensive waterworks network that links your house to the local dump. When this waste superhighway is blocked, backed up, or under too much pressure, pipes can explode without notice, causing a major plumbing emergency.
To prevent sewage from leaking back into your home, our plumbers in the Louisville, KY area are certified to both clean and maintain sewer systems.
Signs of a Clogged or Broken Sewer Line
There are several signs that point to you needing a sewer line repair. Many of these are very obvious issues, but others may be more subtle.
- Toilet bowl water level is inconsistent – First it’s full then it’s barely there. Toilet water levels should be consistent from flush to flush. If you notice yours is not, it could be a serious clog in your waste line system.
- Animals are attracted to your yard – Have you noticed more rodents, insects, or other animals in your yard? Some animals are attracted to the odor put off by sewage that is just beneath the surface.
- Nasty smells – Anytime you smell sewage, call a plumber.
- Water pooling – A soggy yard is a tall-tale sign you need a plumber, especially if that water has a foul odor. Take note of the location and call your plumber immediately.
- Slow drains – If your drains are taking a long time to empty, it might be time to call a plumber. Chemical products may be a short-term fix but can also do more harm than good.
- Gurgling noises– When you flush your toilet or drain the tub and hear gurgling from your pipes, that’s not normal and usually requires more than a plunger to fix the problem. Any odd noises need the attention of a professional.
- Plants growing near your sewer line – If you notice an increase of weeds growing near your sewer line, it could be due to an increase of moisture in that area. Best to have it checked on as soon as possible.
- Increased water bill – An unexpected increase in your water bill usually means you’re leaking or wasting water somewhere on your property. Even if no visible leak exists, it’s best to call a plumber to get your system checked.
Trenchless Sewer Repair and Replacement
Typically, a sewer line repair requires extensive excavation in order to access the pipes under the surface. Trenchless methods allow us to repair or even replace a sewer pipe without trenching. It is less invasive and reduces the need to tear up your entire yard.
A trenchless sewer line repair is less intrusive, more affordable, and faster than a traditional sewer line repair. There different methods for this type of sewer line repair:
- Pipe Bursting: Pipe bursting is essentially placing a new pipe through an old one. As the new pipe is installed, the old one is intentionally broken to reveal the new pipe already in place.
- Slip Lining: Slip lining uses an epoxy liner into an existing sewer lateral. This essentially creates a “pipe within a pipe” This can’t be used in all areas, but is very effective at reinforcing fragile pipes.
- Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP): This is the same process of Slip Lining, but uses a resin-saturated liner rather than epoxy. It is inserted, expanded and cured into place by heating the liner.
We can determine which trenchless repair method is right for your property, and complete the job within a day with minimal excavation. With special sewer cameras to go directly into the drain line and find the exact location of the problem, we can replace and repair sewer and water lines without destroying your landscaping and much quicker than traditional methods.
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
The price you pay for a sewer line repair or an entire sewer line depends on the material of your pipes, the length of the line and its location on your property. Generally, the cost to replace a sewer line ranges from $50 to $250 per foot. Most homeowners pay about $100 per foot. This may not include the upfront expense of diagnosing the problem or the use of in-pipe camera services.
Since repairing almost always involves putting in new equipment, we will offer our expert advice about doing a full replacement.
Trust the Sewer Replacement Experts
Do it yourself sewer pipe cleaning and sewer line repairs can be dangerous and could even make the problem worse. Here at Tom Sondergeld Plumbing, we have the skilled Louisville plumbers you need to have things up and running again in no time. We’ve earned a stellar reputation for our professionalism and dedication to our clients. When we come to your house, we’ll bring everything we’ll need to finish the job right there. Get the results you need and the quality you expect from TSP with the help of our trained specialists and cutting-edge machinery.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing an urgent issue, require sewage line repair, or are overdue for your yearly sewer line cleaning. We are committed to maintaining order as the go-to plumbers in the Louisville, Kentucky area.