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Your Portland home’s sewer line runs underneath your property, carrying wastewater away from your drains so it can be transported to the municipal sewer system. However, due to their frequent use and placement underground, sewer lines are prone to certain types of clogs and damage, including tree root invasions and pipe settling. In the past, sewer line issues could only be resolved by digging up the buried line to find the problem and repair or replace the pipe. Today, video sewer inspection and trenchless sewer repair allows your emergency plumber to find and fix a wide variety of sewer problems quickly and without damaging your yard.

Identifying the Problem

The first step in any sewer repair service is identifying the problem. In some cases, your plumber can determine the issue causing the symptoms you see based on the behavior of your plumbing. However, the best way to determine the cause of your sewer line troubles is to physically inspect the sewer itself. This is done using a remote video camera, which is extended through the pipe via a flexible cable. The camera sends back real-time footage of the interior of your sewer line, allowing your plumber to determine the exact location of any clogs, cracks, collapsed areas of pipe, or misalignments due to shifting terrain.

Making Sewer Line Repairs

Once the issue has been identified, trenchless sewer repair can begin. Trenchless sewer repair requires only one or two small holes in your yard, typically a few feet in diameter, which can be easily filled in to restore the look of your property after the sewer line has been repaired. If your sewer line problems are caused by a tree root invasion or other clogs, your plumber will first remove the clog via chemicals or snaking before repairing the pipe. Pipes that are in good repair can be refitted with a new fiberglass interior, restoring the structural integrity of the sewer line. If the sewer line has collapsed or become misaligned, a new pipe may be laid by first using a mechanism to destroy the old one, then immediately laying a new line in its place as the apparatus is pulled through the existing pipe.

Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair

The major benefit of trenchless sewer repair is that very little digging is required, which preserves the look of your yard and landscaping, and can save hours or even days of work, making trenchless sewer repair much faster and easier than traditional sewer line replacement. By placing a new fiberglass lining inside the existing pipe, your plumber is essentially giving your sewer line an entirely new lease on life, extending its functionality and increasing its strength well past its original limits. Trenchless repair minimizes the effects of sewer repairs on your property and your plumbing’s function and can cost significantly less than removing and replacing the entire length of pipe with a new line.

If you’re experiencing sewer line problems, don’t wait— your Portland plumber can help you solve these issues quickly to restore normal drainage and prevent messy and stressful backups from affecting your daily schedule. Please stop by our website to learn more about our emergency plumbing services, or check out the other articles on our monthly blog to find out how to spot the signs of sewer line and other common plumbing problems.

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