When an aging sewage line breaks or leaks, the unpleasant, sickening smells can pervade your home. Or if clogs or tree roots have blocked your sewer line, you eventually will find the dirty water backing up and overflowing from your toilets, tubs, showers or sinks.
These are sure signs that your sewer line needs to be repaired or replaced. But you’ve probably also heard horror stories of homeowners who have had huge parts of their yards, gardens or paved driveways torn up, endured days without sewer service, and spent well over $10,000 to have the sewer trenches dug and repairs made.
A better alternative
Fortunately, there is an innovative alternative that is less disruptive and less expensive than digging trenches. It’s called trenchless sewer repair, and it starts with lowering a camera into the pipe to identify the specific source of the problem. If the camera shows that any part of a sewer line is broken and needs to be replaced, the whole line probably needs replacement.
Your new line is assembled on site. Instead of digging extensive trenches, LBA digs in just two places – in the basement where the sewer line leaves your home, and at the other end where your line connects with the city’s sewer line. In a process called pipe bursting, we then use a sturdy cable (of the type used in elevators) to pull a solid steel cone through the line. The cone forces the old pipe to break, and we use the cable to pull your new pipe into place.
Advantages in time, money and materials
Trenchless repairs have numerous advantages over traditional sewer repairs. Traditional repairs can take two or three days and cost $10,000 to $12,000, plus another $2,000 to $4,000 to clean up and restore your yard, garden and paved surfaces. Because trenchless repairs take minimal digging, they save time and money. The work can be done in a day and save you thousands. You get your life back to normal more quickly and with less expense.
The new pipes are also made of much stronger high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, and come with a lifetime warranty. The material resists chemicals and repels water, so you don’t have to worry about future cracks or corrosion in your new sewer line.
To find out more about sewer line problems and the best way to fix yours, call LBA. One of our experienced, knowledgeable technicians will come to your home and give you a choice of solutions that best fit your family, lifestyle and budget.