It’s your worst nightmare. You walk across the lawn to pick up the evening newspaper that is in your grass instead of your driveway and you feel like you are trudging across a Florida swamp. And now that you think about it, you are not totally comfortable with the smell that you noticed when you got out of your car a few minutes ago. A quick trip to the basement once you get in the house confirms your worst fears. It appears you have sewer problems. Not that you are ever prepared for this kind of expensive repair project, but you probably could have guessed. Three of the four home owners on your street have had to pay expensive sewer repairs in the last five years. Your houses are all about 50 years old and it only makes sense that the individual sewer lines are that old as well. Now what?
A quick call to an area plumbing and sewer specialist confirms the problem. For the most part, the expert they sent to your house says that the problems are likely caused by the 50 year old tree roots that run throughout your entire yard. They have already been playing havoc with the front sidewalk and patio, it only makes sense that those same roots are causing your sewer problems as well. Here is the crazy thing, tree roots can stretch out two to three times the width of the tree itself and most tree roots, even if they are in the top 12 inches of soil, can cause damage to sewer lines. Damage that cost thousands of dollars to repair.
This same guy who was talking to you about the damage the tree roots have likely done to the 50 year old sewer system is now trying to tell you about the trenchless sewer repair that is now available. He also mentions hydro jetting plumbing, a drain inspection camera, and a sewer camera, but mostly he wants to talk to you about trenchless sewer repair.
This trenchless sewer repair that the plumbing and sewer person is talking about might be new to you, but it is not new to the industry. In fact, trenchless sewer and repair methods came on the market 10 to 15 years ago, when you are talking about the residential market. This unfamiliar method may seem overwhelming and cost prohibitive at first, but it is worth investigating. Experts say that trenchless pipe repair options might initially cost 30% to 50% more than conventional digging. This no-dig method, however, might still be more cost effective when you take into consideration that you are not going to be spending additional funds repairing ripped up sod and broken up patio and sidewalk areas.
No sewer repair is never going to turn into a dream from the initial nightmare you imagined, but it might not require the complete destruction of the grass and concrete areas surrounding your house if you do your research.