Three Options To Deal With Old Collapsed Sewer Lines

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Three Options To Deal With Old Collapsed Sewer Lines

23 October 2015
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Decades ago, clay pipes where once used at the main sewer lines for homes. These pipes can become worn over the years and even collapse. You may be surprised to know that even if you have a new home, you may be responsible for the repairs of pipes on your property. This can be very frustrating, but luckily there are many ways to repair collapsed and clogged pipes. Here are some options that you may want to consider when dealing with the damage to old clay pipes:

1. Sewer Jetting To Clean Out Clogs And Roots In Lines

There are many things that can damage old clay sewer lines. Sometimes, it may not be due to a complete collapse. The clay that these pipes are made out of makes it easy for roots to get into them. When this happens, they can easily become clogged and cause problems. To fix this problem, the lines can be jetted using a process of high pressure water and an abrasive mixture. This may be an affordable solution to temporarily fix the lines, but if they are clay pipes they will probably still need to eventually be replaced.

2. Excavations And Replacing The Entire Sewer Line

The clay lines can eventually collapse due to wear and problems. When this happens, you will have no other option but to have them replace. A plumbing contractor can excavate the old pipes and replace them with modern PVC sewer lines to fix the problem.  This option may cause damage to your property, but it can sometimes be an affordable solution to have your old lines replaced.

3. Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement To Replace Damaged Lines

Trenchless sewer line repair is another option that you may want to consider if you need to replace lines. This is a technique that uses directional drilling technology to replace sewer lines. It can be used to completely replace your sewer lines. It can also be used to retrofit clay pipes with a system of fabric and cured epoxy to prevent pipes from becoming damaged or collapsing. Directional drilling will have a minimal impact on your property, so there will be no landscaping damage to clean up.

These are some of the options you may want to consider to deal with old failing clay pipes. If your home has plumbing problems that may be related to clay pipes, contact a trenchless sewer service Liverpool NY to get the help you need replacing the old lines.