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Diagnosing the Cause of a Sewer Drain Problem
Clogged Sewer Pipe Signs
Rumbling pipes or gurgling sound coming from toilet occurs when trapped air is able to travel back up through the sewer lines. Normally, very little noise comes from drain pipes, other than the sound of flowing water.
Slow flowing drains can be caused by food, grease, paint, bulky paper products, hair, skin, and soap scum. The smell of rotting food (not sewage) near kitchen drains can be caused by a buildup of food, fat, and other gunk. Typically, we will gain access to a drain “clean-out” which allows our plumbers to use an auger to clean and clear the drain.
Signs of a Broken Sewer Main
A noticeable backup of sewage in the toilet or basement or persistent clogging of drains. Strong smelling puddles of muddy water that are persistent and don’t dry up and aren’t caused by rain.
Broken sewer pipes are typically caused by tree roots, a sinking home foundation, excavation, or just plain deterioration over time.
Repair Options for Sewer Drain Issues and Under Slab Leaks
Because sewer lines run underground, often underneath lawns, gardens, patios, or driveways, the project can become a major expense. Complete Plumbing Services has the heavy equipment needed to dig access holes to damaged sewer lines. We replace the old and broken sections of sewer piping then fill and level the excavated ground. If a pipe that runs under a foundation or driveway needs repair, then the concrete may need to be removed and later replaced. During excavation, sewer main replacement projects will cause at a minimum, ground holes, bare spots, and widespread lawn compaction – in addition of the ground displaced for the actual pipe replacement.
Non-Excavation CIPP Lining
CIPP (Cured-in-place-pipe) lining may be an option for your sewer line repair. CIPP lining is a process by which a new sewer line pipe is installed inside the existing one. This helps keep the sewer line replacement cost down by reducing the amount of excavation necessary. CIPP lining is not an option for all repairs but may be worth discussing with your pro.
Trenchless Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining (CIPP)
This process involves only a minimum of landscape excavation and will simply pull an epoxy saturated pipe liner through your existing pipes. One access point to feed the pipe and one to pull the liner through is an attractive alternative to excavation, just keep in mind the new piping will be slightly smaller than the existing pipeline.
Trenchless Pipe Bursting and Pipe Splitting
This method is similar to CIPP pipe replacement in that it does not require total excavation of the damaged sewer lines, but follows the exact alignment of existing pipes. First, a pneumatic or hydraulic head enters the sewer line to break up existing brittle clay or iron piping. At the same time, a new pipeline is drawn through the original space and most of the landscaping is left intact.
Sewer Line Camera Inspections
A camera inspection of the home’s sewer lines will serve to visually observe and identify the amount of blockage within the pipes, tree root infiltration, broken pipes or joints, and to pinpoint any other problems that otherwise would only otherwise be offered as an educated guess.
A camera inspection results in precise measurements of piping that will be required and a complete understanding of the sewer pipe’s condition.