Sewer Line Maintenance, Repair & Replacement FAQs

  1. How often should I have my sewer line inspected?
  2. How long do sewer lines last?
  3. Is the sewer line leading away from my home my responsibility, even if the broken part is under the city street or sidewalk?
  4. There’s a terrible smell coming out of my drains, but everything still seems to be working properly. What could be wrong?
  5. Can any sewer be lined using the trenchless technology?
  6. How long of a sewer line can be lined with the CIPP trenchless technology?
  7. What materials are used in trenchless sewer repair and replacement?
  8. Can you shoot the CIPP liner through fittings?
  9. Can you fix pool lines?

 

Q: How often should I have my sewer line inspected?

We recommend having sewer lines inspected prior to purchasing or renting a new home, so you can negotiate repairs instead of unexpectedly facing a pricey problem.

We also recommend having sewer lines inspected prior to a kitchen or bathroom renovation or addition to ensure the new system can handle the additional flow.

Just like with other home systems, regular maintenance can help to prevent unwanted problems. Periodic cleaning of sewer lines can help to prevent clogs or backups. Grease, hair, food and other debris can gradually build up over time and cause a backup. Environmental factors, such as shifting ground or tree roots can also cause pipe leaks or backups. Signs you might be in trouble include:

  • Slow drains
  • Foul smells
  • Gurgling pipes
  • Pooling water

If any of these warning signs appear, you should have your sewer lines inspected by an expert right away to avoid more costly future repairs.
 

Q: How long do sewer lines last?

A sewer line should last a lifetime – 50+ years.

However, the integrity of the sewer line and overall system depends on a number of variable factors including:

  • How and when the pipe was originally installed
  • How the ground has shifted over time
  • What surrounds the sewer system, i.e. tree roots

Most homes over 40 years old have sewer lines made of clay or iron, which degenerate much more quickly than newer technologies.

The trenchless sewer repair and replacement methods used by Invisible Excavations guarantee that your new sewer line will last over 50 years.
 

Q: Is the sewer line leading away from my home my responsibility, even if the broken part is under the city street or sidewalk?

Homeowners and small business owners are fully responsible for the maintenance and repair of all home plumbing, including the lines that travel from the main building to the sewer main.
 

Q: There’s a terrible smell coming out of my drains, but everything still seems to be working properly. What could be wrong?

A bad smell could be an indicator of a multiple problems, including but not limited to:

Sewer Line Break or Backup
Grease, hair, food and waste can naturally build up and cause blockage over time. Similarly, if tree roots start growing into the sewer line, they can trap grease, food and waste instead of allowing them to flow smoothly down and out.

Infrequent Use of Drain
Your home is designed with pipes that vent sewer gases out the top of your house. If a sink or drain is not used frequently, the P-Trap under the drain lacks enough water to block sewer gas from escaping. Without enough water, the sewer gas seeps back through the line into the house instead of up and out the roof as it should.

To uncover what exactly is causing the odor and how to best eliminate it, you should call a plumber to schedule a sewer camera inspection.
 

Q: Can any sewer be lined using the trenchless technology?

About 95% of sewer lines can be relined using the trenchless CIPP technology. There are; however, two other trenchless methods that may be used when CIPP is not an option: trenchless pipe bursting and directional drilling.

We start every job by completely inspecting the sewer line with a video camera, so that we can accurately diagnose the problem and discuss the possible repair or replacement options with you.
 

Q: How long of a sewer line can be lined with the CIPP trenchless technology?

We can reline a sewer pipe up to 300 feet long. Watch the video below to see the before and after of a 300 foot sewer relined with CIPP. Notice that the new pipe does not have any joints like the old one does, guaranteeing 50 plus years of no leaks or root invasions.


 

Q: What materials are used in trenchless sewer repair and replacement?

For trenchless sewer repair, we install cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP). The benefits of this material include:

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Leak resistant
  • Root infestation resistant

For trenchless pipe bursting and directional drilling, we install HDPE pipe. The benefits of this material include:

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Leak resistant
  • Scale and biological build-up resistant
  • High strain allowance, virtually eliminating breakage due to freezing temperatures
  • Flexibility requires fewer fittings

 

Q: Can you shoot the CIPP liner through fittings?

Yes, the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP), or “pipe within a pipe” liner can be shot through existing pipefittings.
 

Q: Can you fix pool lines?

Yes, Invisible Excavations does more than trenchless sewer line repair and replacement. Call us today to see how we can best help you: 216-749-3478.