Filthy, smelly sewage transports bacteria like E. coli. Fortunately, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Until it isn’t.
When sewage fluids begin to pungently seep through your lawn, or worse yet, backs-up into your home you have a serious problem.
Don’t procrastinate. CALL US IMMEDIATELY. We can right the situation for you, leaving nothing behind but an outstanding plumbing job and complete satisfaction. And, with trenchless technology, we can even make it look like we were never there.
1) Diagnose the Problem
The sewer line (also known as the main line) carries wastewater and sewage from your house to either the septic system or municipal sewer.
Backups are caused by a block or stoppage somewhere in the sewer line. The stoppage must be located, identified, and removed.
Root growth is one of the primary causes of backups. Trees love sewage; they love the nutrients, water, and moisture living inside the pipe. Roots pester the sewage pipe till they breach it and take root. As the roots become established inside the pipe, toilet paper or other waste gets caught on the roots and stop the flow of waste.
Collapsed pipes are another common cause of backups. Obsolete pipes like clay and orangeburg are no longer viable and are collapsing from ground pressure.
The next common cause for a main line issue happens when the ground settles around the line creating what we call a belly in the line - a high point on either side and a low point in the center. That belly holds water and whenever solids or paper go down the sewer line, it’s like hitting the pool of water at a water park—it slows down anything that lands in it. As items get caught in the belly, they’ll build up and cause blockage in the sewer line.
2) Fix the Problem
Wisler Plumbing and Air takes care of every step of what needs to happen to get your line back in order.
Preparation and Paperwork (2-7 days):
- Determine the path and depth of the sewer line by sending a camera with a transmitter down the line.
- Get the necessary permits from the county or city official that governs the area.
- Call Miss Utility to have participating utilities mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.
- Contact with the municipal sewer cleaning company or whoever is in charge to avoid problems that may arise as we uncover their system.
3) The Physical Work (1 day start to finish)
Two Options for Getting the Job Done
If your sewer line needs replacement, we'll gladly explain the two options below and help you decide which is best for you based on budget, your yard, and overall needs. The two methods we'll discuss with you are:
This method leaves a scar on your yard or your floor.
For outside work, a mini excavator is used to dig a trench. For an inside job, a jackhammer is used to get through the floor. Both tools create a fair amount of mess, from debris to dust. Once access is gained, we pull out the old and put in the new. When the job is complete and the work passes inspection, we do our best to put things back the way they were (but when you open the ground up, you're going to see the scar).