Your sewer main is the largest drain pipe in your home plumbing system. It connects to the city sewer system or your septic tank. It is important that the sewer main is kept in good condition and free of clogs, otherwise waste water won’t be able to exit and you can experience unsanitary problems like backups and sewage spills in your yard. For over 18 years, Albuquerque Plumbing has been a leading provider of sewer repair services. We take a solution-based approach to sewer problems and work with our clients to come up with the best solution for their budgets and needs.
Why Do I Need Sewer Repair Services?
Because sewer mains are buried and out of sight, most people don’t think much about their sewer drains. But, when problems occur with your sewer, it will affect your entire life. No waste water will be able to exit your drains, causing serious problems like drain backups, foul odors, black water contamination, and sewage spills in your yard.
The biggest causes of sewer problems are corrosion, tree root clogs, and damaged pipes. With older homes, the sewer main can be very badly corroded from years of acidic waste flowing through it. The corrosion can get so bad that it builds up and completely blocks the sewer main. In other cases, the corrosion causes holes and cracks, causing waste water to seep into your yard.
In Albuquerque, tree roots are often to blame for sewer problems. The tree roots penetrate through pipe joints and form massive clogs that obstruct waste water from flowing out. In other cases, even new pipes can become damaged, such as from yard work or shifting ground, that causes sewer pipes to belly or collapse completely.
Some of the signs that you may need sewer repair services include:
• Wet or lush spots in yard
• Foul smells in yard or from drains
• Foul odor in basement
• Problems with multiple drains
• Gurgling sounds from toilets
• Drain backups
Video Inspection of Sewer Mains
In the past, sewer problems were mainly diagnosed through guesswork. Today, technology like sewer video cameras makes it possible to accurately diagnose sewer problems so unnecessary repairs can be avoided. Albuquerque Plumbing has invested in the latest plumbing technology and our licensed, insured, and bonded plumbers are highly trained to diagnose sewer problems so they can come up with the best solution for your current and future needs.
Sewer Repair Methods
Depending on the cause of your sewer problems, our plumbers will recommend a method for repairing the sewer. If inspection shows that the sewer is in good condition but clogged, then it can usually be quickly fixed using a sewer rooter.
If your pipes are severely damaged from tree roots or corrosion, then slip lining or Cured-In-Place Pipe can usually be used for sewer repair. With these relining sewer repair methods, first all debris is cleaned out of your old pipe using hydro jetting and/or a clog rooter. Then a flexible or liquid pipe is inserted inside your old pipe and set in place. You essentially get a brand new pipe with no digging required.
If your sewer pipe has collapsed or is bellied, it will not be possible to use slip lining as a sewer repair; the slip-lining would just take the shape of the bellied pipe. Instead, it will be necessary to remove the old, damaged sewer line. This can be done with a minimally-invasive sewer repair process called pipe bursting (also known as trenchless sewer repair). Two access points are dug at each end of the sewer line. Then a machine is inserted into the holes to break up the old pipe so a new line of sewer pipe can be inserted in its place.
Sewer Repair Service FAQs
How long does sewer repair take?
Sewer repair usually takes just one day to complete. Sewer drain problems are true plumbing emergencies and we always schedule sewer repair services right away, often the same day that you call.
Will you have to dig up my yard?
In the past, it was necessary to dig up large parts of yards or even driveways in order to perform sewer repair. Now, in many cases, we can repair sewers without any digging necessary. If your sewer line has collapsed or is bellied though, it will be necessary to make at least 2 access holes in your yard. In these cases, we always are considerate of your property and take steps to minimize damage.
Isn’t the city responsible for sewer problems?
You are responsible for the sewer line running from the city sewer main to your property. If inspection shows that the problem is at the city sewer line, then they will be responsible for fixing the problem.
How long does a sewer line last?
A typical sewer line lasts about 50 to 100 years. If you have an older home, it is important that you have your sewer inspected before serious problems and damages occur.
How long will my repaired sewer line last?
It depends on what method is used to repair your sewer line. If spot repair is used, then problems could occur in other areas of the pipe. Sewer pipe relining typically lasts at least 50 years, though the condition of the old pipe surrounding it as well as the thickness of the lining will affect the warranty. When pipe bursting is used for sewer repair, you have a brand new pipe which will last upwards of 100 years (or more).
What’s the difference between pipe relining and trenchless pipe repair?
With pipe relining, your old sewer pipe is coated with a lining. The lining is very durable, so you essentially get a new pipe. No digging is required and the process is fast and affordable. With trenchless pipe repair, the old pipe is broken up and a new pipe is put in its place. The process requires at least 2 access holes to be dug, is a bit costlier and takes slightly longer, but the new pipe has a longer lifespan.
How can I avoid sewer main problems?
Have your sewer mains regularly inspected, especially if you have an old house or many trees/shrubs in your yard. You should also have your sewers routinely cleaned to remove debris, buildup, and tree roots.
Is sewer repair covered by homeowners insurance?
Most sewer repair services are not covered by typical homeowners insurance policies. You can have your sewer insured though it will likely increase your premiums. If your sewer problem resulted in problems like backups and water damage, the cleanup is likely covered by insurance.
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