- Breaking, cracking, collapsing due to shifting soil or frozen ground.
- Clogs and blockages due to household waste, debris, grease and foreign objects.
- Corrosion and leaky joints and seals due to age
- Obstructions caused by tree root infiltration.
Here are the major signs of a damaged or obstructed sewer line:
- Slow-running or backed-up drains (sinks, tubs, toilets)
- Frequent back-ups of basement drains or laundry tubs
- Gurgling drain noises
- Toilet bowl water levels rise and fall
- Sewage odor inside, outside and around your house
- Raw sewage on ground surface
- Rats or rat holes in your yard
- Sink holes or soggy wet areas on your property
- Water stains around the floor drain in the basement
- Cracking and structural damage along walls, floors and foundations
If the problem is just due to a simple blockage, your sewer line technician can cut through the clog with a rooter machine and clear the sewer line down to its inner walls.
If your sewer line technician identifies more serious damage to the main sewer line, it will need to be repaired or replaced. In the old days, that meant digging up your entire yard and destroying your landscape. Today, companies like Horizon Services employ a trenchless method of sewer line repair and replacement that is quick, inexpensive and requires no or little excavation. There are two major ways he can accomplish this.
- Pipe Bursting: With this method, your sewer line technician makes small access holes where the damaged pipe starts and ends. Using your damaged sewer line as a guideline, he uses a hydraulic machine to pulls a long-lasting replacement pipe through the old sewer line path, breaking up the old damaged pipe as it moves into place.
- Pipe Relining: Here your sewer line technican places a fiberglass liner into the damaged sewer pipe -- ie. a pipe within a pipe. This creates a durable, damage-resistant inner wall that restores all flow and function to the line.