QUESTION: We have repeatedly had sewer problems in our home in the midtown area. I called a plumber who said that I probably need a sewer replacement. He said that there could be a break or roots affecting the sewer. My landscaping includes a new brick patio and well-established trees, shrubs and lawn. How can I be sure that I need a new sewer? Is there any way to avoid ruining my landscaping?
ANSWER: “You can be grateful for new technology,” according to Vince McDonald of McDonald Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. “Your sewer line can be inspected using a TV camera that will take the guesswork out of the decision to replace the sewer line. It will show any breakage or blockages. It will also show exactly where the problem is – which can minimize the cost of a sewer line replacement.”
“If you need to replace the sewer, the good news is that trenchless sewer replacement is available from some contractors. It is a much less intrusive method than the old way of digging up the complete line. The Trenchless Pipe method uses the existing damaged sewer line as a guide for the new pipe. A cone-shaped, path-clearing installation head pulls new, full-sized replacement pipe right through the old one. At last, a better, quicker, and far less costly way to upgrade your sewer line! You can preserve your landscaping and get a new sewer line installed underground.”