When you begin having problems with your sewer lines, it’s better to address the problem sooner than it is to wait. Plumbing lines don’t heal themselves, and sewer lines are no different. They will only deteriorate more as time goes by and the slowly draining sinks and tubs in your home will only become slower and slower. When there is a major problem, such as a collapsed sewer line, causing problems in your home, sewer line repair is your only option.
There are many trees in Baltimore and the city has invested a substantial amount of money in the care and maintenance of its street trees. While the city states that tree roots cannot and will not penetrate sewer lines unless there is a crack near roots, the movement of growing roots can move the soil around sewer lines, causing lines to become cracked, and then to leak. This often creates a great deal of unavoidable mess, both for you and your family, and also for those who must drive in your area. There are recent improvements in how this is carried out, and one might be an excellent option for your situation.
Trenchless sewer line repair might be a new concept to you, but it’s been around for more than a few decades, and has proven itself to be capable of saving money, time, and landscapes. There are two types: flexible tubing that is either pulled in or blown into your existing pipes and inflated and sealed, or replacement of existing sewer lines with new ones that are pulled in place, breaking apart the old, faulty lines as part of the process. Trenchless sewer line repair can also help to preserve the area around the city’s street trees near your property. Sometimes a street tree needs to be removed so sewer line repair can commence in the case of excavation work, but this is rarely true when trenchless methods are involved. Before the liner is blown in, if that is used, the tree roots inside the existing line are cut away with high powered water streams.
With both processes, there is no need to excavate large areas to get to the sewer lines that will be replaced. Also, repairing them leaves your home with ‘new’ sewer lines that are just as durable as if you had had them replaced after digging and excavating the broken lines. The typical guarantee on liners is for 50 years.
The benefits are not only a lower cost for the process, but fewer repair bills after the sewer line repair work is finished. Sidewalks and other concrete areas can remain intact, saving you from the cost and aggravation of replacing them. A much smaller area will still need to be excavated, but this is always much better than a yard-wide trench that can take months to just grow grass again after the repair is completed. These methods are suitable for all types of original sewer line, from crumbling terracotta to rusting cast iron. Without the need for excavation, there is also no cost to redirect traffic and the cost of the government fees that often are involved in such an endeavor.
Each home, and its sewer lines, are all individually unique, so it’s impossible to guarantee that every home’s sewer line problems are solvable with trenchless methods, but the homes that cannot benefit from it are rare. If you have landscaping, garden areas, flower beds, concreted areas, or even outside structures such as a garage, barn, or shed, and these are located over the sewer line, trenchless repair methods are most likely going to be your answer. Preserving these not only keeps you from needing to restore, or even rebuild, what will be destroyed in traditional excavation methods, but you won’t have to finance such a restoration, either, if they are never destroyed in the first place.