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If your toilet won't flush or if there is sewage backing up in your yard, there is a problem with your sewer line. The first step is to see if it is clogged. There could be grease, hair, and paper clogging the line or it could be full of tree roots. A more serious problem is a collapsed sewer line. If the pipe has collapsed, the only way to repair your system is to replace the line. A contractor will dig up the old line and replace it or perform a trenchless replacement. Here are the differences between these two methods.
Digging A Trench
Digging up the old sewer pipe and replacing it with a new one requires the contractor to rip out part of your yard. While this is a very disruptive process, it has been the traditional way of replacing sewer lines for many years. This method is still being used today, but many contractors now offer trenchless sewer repair since they can replace your line without having to dig up your lawn to expose the old pipe.
Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement
There are a couple of ways the contractor can replace your sewer line without digging up the old one. The first method is by pipe bursting. The contractor digs a hole at each end of your sewer line. Then a new pipe is threaded in one hole and pulled through the other end using a winch and hook. The new pipe busts up the old pipe as it is pulled through.
The second trenchless method is pipe relining. With this method, the contractor leaves the old pipe in place. A liner is forced through the pipe and then inflated. Once the liner is inflated, it hardens in place and creates a new pipe inside the old one. This method will only work if the original pipe is in fairly good shape. If a large part of it has collapsed, it won't be physically possible to push the liner through.
Deciding Which Method To Use
Your contractor, like one from Drain-O-Rooter, has to assess the condition of your sewer pipe to determine which is the best method to use to repair your sewer system. If large sections of the pipe are crumbled and collapsed, or if the pipe makes sharp turns underground, then trenchless repair methods may not be possible. The contractor will probably do a video inspection of the line first to determine the layout and condition of the damaged pipe.
The cost of sewer line replacement methods is about the same no matter how you go about it. You can expect to pay as much as $250 per foot or more. Different factors affect the price, such as depth of the pipe and how easy it is to access. When comparing costs, don't forget to factor in the additional expense of replacing your sod, landscaping, sidewalk, and patio if they have to be destroyed to dig a trench.
If all methods are suitable, then trenchless repairs are probably best since the work can be completed quicker, and your yard won't be turned into a mess during the process.