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Primary indicators that a sewer line repair or replacement is needed:
- An excessive amount of roots in the line that cannot be cleared by a cable machine
- Broken, cracked, or collapsed pipe due to shifting soil, frozen ground, or settling
- Corrosion of an older pipe that caused pipe to break or collapse
- A bellied pipe where a section of the pipe has sunk to the ground, creating a low spot in the line where paper and waste collect and cause repeated blockages
- Leaking joints where the seals between sections of pipe have broken
Why are Sewer Repairs So Expensive?
One reason whey sewer main repairs can be so expensive is that the sewer main line is entirely under the ground below driveways, lawns, gardens, and patios. Your yard may need to be excavated or concrete driveways and sidewalk jackhammered to even access the sewer main. Many times, the repair is not the most expensive part of the process at all. The access can be the costly part while the repair may be just a replacement of a length of pipe or removal of roots.
How Long Does It Take to Replace a Sewer Line?
Replacing a sewer line can be a very lengthy process and there isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all answer to how long it takes. Generally speaking, sewer line replacement can take anywhere from days to weeks depending on the extent of the repair needed.
Certain sewer line replacement projects also require more time for physical labor, such as digging trenches for traditional pipe replacements In comparison, if sewer lines are in need of repair, sewer line repair often requires replacing parts of the sewer line with different techniques like trenchless pipe replacements.
Trenchless sewer lines typically take less time and money than traditional sewer lines but still depend on the scope of the project. Therefore, it is important to speak with an experienced professional if you are considering replacing your sewer line in order to determine the best method for your specific situation and get an accurate timeline for replacement or repairs.
Trailblazer Plumbing Services provides professional services backed by many years of experience of replacing thousands of sewer lines in the Will County area. To learn more, contact us today.
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