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What to Expect from Sewer Line Repairs?

May 08 / 2021

What to Expect from Sewer Line Repairs?

The sewer line is so important. This pipe runs a few feet under your yard and is what connects your household pipes to the city or municipal sewer main. These four- to six-inch pipes transport all of the waste and wastewater generated by your household. Though they are made of relatively sturdy material, the pipes are susceptible to damage. There is no time to waste when it is time for a sewer line repair, but it would help to know what to expect, right? 
This article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing will do just that. We will give you some insight on what to expect from sewer line repairs so that you can get prepared accordingly. You are always welcomed to call Rooter Hero Plumbing if you have questions or want to hire a professional plumber.

You Cannot Use Your Sewer System During Repairs

Before your plumber begins on the actual repairs, they will begin the process with a thorough inspection of the sewer line. Usually, they will use advanced sewer line cameras to visually investigate the inside of the pipes. Once they have spotted the blockage or damage, they will mark the location above ground. If the damage is localized, then an open cut or trench will be enough to access and repair the damaged section. For more severe damage, you may have a significant part of your yard dug up as a majority of the pipe is replaced.
In any case, you will not be able to use your sewer system during repairs. That means you should not flush toilets, take a shower, run the washing machine, and so on. Since the pipes may be disconnected, you can end up with sewage all over your yard – and the plumber – if you make the mistake of flushing your toilet while work is being done!

It Will Be Noisy

Modern machinery and equipment are much less noisy than their traditional counterparts, but the noise is still going to be noticeable. You can expect a lot of distracting noise as the technicians dig in the yard, disconnect pipes, connect the new pipe, and so forth. It would be a nice gesture to let your neighbors know beforehand about your upcoming sewer line repair so that they reschedule their book club, yoga sessions, or other quiet activities. The same applies for yourself as well!

It Will Be Messy

It should go without saying that a repair involving the sewer line will be messy. After all, that’s where waste and wastewater travels. Plus, there is a good chance that the large machinery will run over your yard, digging to access the sewer line. In fact, it’s important to tell your plumber about any utility lines on your property and that you get signed permission from neighbors if your sewer line runs under their property. The digging is going to leave quite a mess in the yard, so be prepared to do some yard work after the repair or replacement is finished.