Are you worried about sewer line replacement in Atlanta? If your sewer line is old or showing problems, you may wonder if you can avoid sewer line replacement.
Sewer line replacement is a big project, and most homeowners don’t even want to think about it. Is there any way to avoid replacing your entire sewer line? Or is it a necessary evil, right up there with taxes and root canals?
What Causes the Need for Sewer Line Replacement?
Age is one of the main reasons for sewer line replacement. If your house is at least forty years old, you are fast approaching serious sewer line problems. Old pipes can corrode, burst and break down. In fact, even if your house is much newer, it’s possible the sewer lines you connect to are much older.
Tree roots are another common reason for sewer line replacement. If you live in a yard with big trees, those roots can wreak havoc with the sewer lines. Tree roots seek out water, and sewage contains a lot of liquid. The roots reach toward the moisture in the sewer pipes and can break through the line.
This helpful article at About Home shares some ideas about preventing sewer line problems.
Sewer Line Replacement Tactics Are Changing
Sewer line replacement used to be a long, expensive process. It involved trenching up the yard with backhoes and then replacing the pipe from the house to the street. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that difficult, or expensive, anymore.
Technology has grown since someone put in that original sewer line 40 years ago. Now, instead of digging everything up and putting in a new pipe, many people opt for trenchless sewer line replacement. Traditional sewer line replacement can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to as much as $20,000 or more. With trenchless sewer lines, you have a fix that costs much less and does not ruin your yard.
What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?
Trenchless sewer line replacement is a much more localized fix. No more ripping up all the landscaping or creating holes the size of the Grand Canyon! Trenchless repair uses spot digging. There are two different types of trenchless sewer line repair: pipe lining and pipe bursting.
Pipe lining uses a liner, which is also called a ‘cured in place’ pipe.
Your plumber inserts a flexible tube, coated with a resin material, into the hole. Then he inflates the tube. Over a few hours, the resin hardens, and the tube becomes stable. You now have a new pipe inside the old pipe. This process does reduce the diameter of the pipe a small bit, but there is rarely a noticeable problem from the reduction.
Pipe bursting requires several access holes across the length of the existing line.
The plumber pulls the new pipe through the old broken one. As a result, the old pipe bursts apart. The pipe bursting method works well to repair a collapsed line.
Trenchless sewer line replacement can last a long time, with warranties as long as 50 years. It is also more cost efficient and time efficient than traditional sewer line replacement. Because your yard remains intact, you save time and money.
Take a break from worrying about all your sewer line problems this holiday season. Head on out to the Alliance Theater to see “A Christmas Carol” and let the magic of Christmas light up your day! See www.alliancetheater.org/christmas for more information. Showing from November 25 – December 24.