Warning signs that sewer pipes are about the break or already broken
One of the most telling signs that you have problems with your sewer pipes is a sudden spike in your water bill even with normal usage. It is likely that a pipe is broken and leaking which must be given immediate attention. If there is a break in the sewer pipes, you will also notice a decrease in your water flow. Water flow is the volume of water received from the pipe fixtures that includes the sinks, showers and bathroom. Extra water must be leaking from the plumbing system and if this is not fixed, you are paying for water that is being wasted. You will also notice foul odor permeating the home due to the accumulation of excess moisture. Your toilets and drains are often clogged and even if you try to fix the issue with a toilet pump, the problem persists. An increased amount of moisture content is evident in your garden or in the walkways. The ground will turn soft and there are indentations in the lawn which means there is serious problem beneath the ground. If you detect one or more of these signs, your best option is to call the plumber to make an inspection of the sewer pipes before it worsens into a more serious problem.
Traditional pipe repair vs. trenchless pipe repair
In the traditional process of repairing pipes, a trench needs to be dug along the whole length of the pipe line so check for damages, blockages or clogs. If the pipe is damaged, it will be removed and replaced. The trench will be filled with soil to cover the pipes. If the pipe is in your driveway, you have no option but have it dug so that the pipes can be repaired. It is not only the expense that becomes an issue but the mess and the disruption to normal schedules. An option to the traditional technique is trenchless pipe repair.
In the trenchless pipe repair, video inspection will show the type of damages that have to be fixed. When the problem has been determined, two small access holes will be dug with the first hole near the home’s exteriors and the other in the main sewer line of the city or municipality. A new sewer pipe will be pulled through the old pipe from one excavation point to the other. A new pipe is installed in just a few hours compared to the labor intensive process of digging a trench that can take days or even weeks. There is no disruption and the landscaping and driveways remain safe from any damages. The new sewer lateral pipes will last for several decades and you will be saved from trouble in the near future.