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To Dig Or Not To Dig? Sewer Line Repair & Replacement In California

When sewer line gets blocked, most homeowners are usually left in a dilemma. They find it difficult to decide whether they should dig or not. It is true that some sewer line maintenance practices can be performed by the homeowner. But when it comes to sewer line repair and replacement, you are advised to seek the services of a plumber. Do not do it yourself unless you are a licensed professional. An error can occur thereby causing more clogging or leaking This will worsen the problem instead of solving it. Many residents of California rely on the services of plumber to repair and replace damaged sewer lines.

It is important to understand that not every problem that occurs in sewer line calls for sewer replacement. Sewer lines are designed to last for long duration of time and therefore frequent replacement is just a waste of time and money. However, there are conditions which make it necessary to repair and replace sewer line.

These Are The Causes of Sewer Line Repair And Replacement

Excesses build up of materials or objects in the sewer line. This inhibits the flow of sewage waste.
Corrossion of pipe. Corrossion makes the pipe to break or collapse thus interfering with the flow of wastes.
Breaking or cracking of pipes due to freezing of the ground, mining or any other activity that interfers with the ground structure.
Sinking of pipe section. Some forces may cause the pipe to sink at some section. This prevents direct flow of sewage. Wastes accumulate at the sunken point.

Leaking of joints. This makes wastes to escape instead of flowing through the sewer line.

Accummulation of roots in the sewer line which cannot be removed by using a cable machine. Replacement becomes the better option.

How Is The Problem Detected?

This is a question that many people ask themselves given the fact that sewer lines are usually underground. The problem is identified by using in-line video inspection camera. The camera captures the image and then transmits it to a certain device which is operated by a technician. The camera’s radio transmitter also records the exact location and depth of the sewer line. This makes repair and replacement process more precise, easy and fast.

These Are The Sewer Line Replacement Options

Trenchless Repair Methods

It is where the plumber makes small access holes from one point of the damaged pipe to the end. A new pipe is then pulled through the existing pipe, making the damaged one to burst. The new one is then laid in the ground. This method is preferred by many homeowners because it causes less damage. Driveways, yards e.t.c are left intact.

Traditional Method

This is done by using a backhoe to dig the area that surrounds the damaged sewer line. Digging is done to allow access to damaged area. The plumber gets in, repairs the damaged pipe and once repair is completed, the backhoe is refilled.


Up to this juncture, you now know the causes of sewer line repair and replacement, how the problem is identified and options for repair and replacement. Always contact a professional plumber to do the job for you.

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