During the 1960s and 1970s in Florida, most homes were built with galvanized or cast iron, and older homes may have clay sewer pipes. These materials served their function very well, but builders did not account for the fact that the materials would deteriorate over time. Now, many of the sewer lines in Florida are coming to the end of their lifespan. As they do, residents experience can experience many plumbing problems ranging from poor flow to waste backups. Homeowners are the ones who are responsible for replacing or repairing their sewer line when it becomes old or damaged. Tampa Plumbing Company makes sewer repair hassle free with our fast, affordable services.
Signs Your Sewer Main Needs to Be Repaired
Many people make the mistake of waiting too long before calling for sewer repair services. They can then experience severe problems like sewage waste leaking into their yards or backing up into their home. Sewer problems can be smelly, unhygienic, and very costly to clean up. This is why we recommend you call for sewer line inspection and repair services at the first signs of trouble. Some of the signs you have a damaged sewer line include:
• Toilet requires multiple flushes
• More than one drain is flowing slowly
• Drain backups
• Gurgling sounds or bubbles from toilet
• Unusually lush spots in yard
Sewer Repair Methods
The first step of sewer repair services is to inspect the sewer main. In the past, this would have meant digging up your yard to uncover the sewer. Today, we are able to see your sewer main by snaking a plumber’s video camera into it. The video camera is connected to CCTV so we can see the exact condition of the sewer line and whether there are any obstructions in it. Our licensed Tampa plumbers are highly trained and know exactly what to look for during sewer inspection, such as corrosion, hairline cracks, bellying, and tree roots. Depending on what problem is found, a different sewer repair method will be needed.
Corroded Sewer Repair
Corrosion is a big problem with galvanized steel and cast iron sewer mains in Tampa. Corrosion can cause two problems. The first is that the corrosion creates a thick layer of debris inside the sewer main, and waste products (like toilet paper and grease) stick to the corrosion. Over time, the sewer main becomes smaller and flow is restricted. Corrosion can also cause cracks to form in the sewer main, causing waste to leak into your yard or home. Corrosion can be cleaned out of sewer lines with hydro jetting, a process which uses pressurized water to scour the insides of pipes. If the pipes are badly corroded, then they will need to be replaced.
Sewer Bellying, Misalignment and Collapse Repair
Ground shifting can cause sewers to become misaligned, especially when they are already deteriorated or corroded due to aging. When this occurs, it is not possible to return the pipes to their original position. Instead, the old pipe must be removed and a new pipe put in its place. This is done with a process called trenchless sewer repair. Two access holes are dug at each end of the sewer main, then a hydraulic machine is used to blast the old sewer away and a new sewer is snaked in its place.
Cracked Sewer Repair
Cracks can occur in sewer mains due to corrosion (with cast iron or galvanized steel sewer mains) or deterioration (with clay sewer pipes). Ground shifting or accidents during yard work can also cause cracks in sewer mains. Cracks can usually be fixed using epoxy injections. If there are cracks throughout the sewer line and it is badly deteriorated, then it may be advisable to replace rather than repair.
Clogged Sewer Repair
Sewer mains or sewer laterals can become clogged by any number of items, such as feminine hygiene products, dirt, or grease. Sewer clogs are usually easy to remove using tools like a clog rooter which breaks up the clog into small pieces and pushes them out of the sewer. Hydro jetting may be used to scrub your entire drainage system clean of debris buildup.
Tree Root Intrusion in Sewer Repair
One of the most common problems we see with sewer mains is that tree roots have intruded into the sewer pipe through cracks or joints. The roots then grow, causing larger cracks in the sewer and forming a massive clog within it. The tree roots can be cleared using a clog rooter and/or hydro jetting. The damaged areas are then repaired using methods like epoxy injections. If the sewer is very badly damaged from the tree roots, then it may need to be replaced. In the case of tree root growth in sewer mains, it is very important that steps are taken to prevent further damage. We can apply chemicals which will discourage tree roots from going towards the sewer, but it may also be advisable to change your landscaping so trees and shrubs are not near the sewer main.
Sewer Replacement Process
Tampa Plumbing Company has performed hundreds of sewer replacements over the years and are experts in getting the job done quickly, with minimal or no damage to your property, and at affordable prices. There are two main methods used for sewer replacement: Cured-In-Place Pipe sewer lining and trenchless sewer repair.
Cured-in-Place Pipe Sewer Lining
Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) sewer lining is used when your sewer main is badly cracked or corroded but has not bellied or become misaligned. The process involves first clearing the old sewer of debris and clogs with hydro jetting and an auger. Then a resin tube is put into the old sewer line and cured in place. The entire process can be done without digging up your yard and is completed in less than 1 day. You are left with what is essentially a brand new sewer main.
Trenchless Sewer Repair
Trenchless sewer repair is done in situations where the old sewer line has become misaligned. It is impossible to use CIPP sewer lining in these cases because the lining will just take the shape of the old misaligned pipe. Instead, two holes are dug at each end of the old sewer. A hydraulic machine is inserted in a hole and breaks apart the old sewer, pushing it out of the way. At the same time, a new sewer line is snaked into its place. The new sewer line is connected, leaving you with a brand new sewer. Only in rare cases is it necessary to dig up your yard to perform sewer replacement services in Tampa.
We are leaders in sewer repair and replacement services in Tampa. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment. 813-402-8912
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