When you first learn that your sewer needs to be repaired or replaced, you have several choices. Fortunately, current technology allows this important repair to be accomplished in an environmentally safe way. You may be surprised to learn how easy it can be to help the planet, while also regaining the use of your sewer.

Trench-less Sewer Repairs and Replacement

It was not that long ago that a damaged sewer meant a huge, expensive task. Essentially you had to remove the damaged portion and replace it with an equal amount of new pipe.

The good news is that you may be able to accomplish sewer repair without excessive digging and without extracting the pipes. The most common options for green sewer repair are done in a similar manner to one another and use the existing portions of the damaged pipe as a base. 

Knowing What the Plumber will Do

In order to determine the exact location and severity of damage, you should expect the sewer line to be imaged, using a camera designed specifically to image dark, wet areas.  Plumbers dig through a small amount of soil to be able to access the pipe at one end.

At that time, he will probably use either PVC or epoxy resin and a liner to form a new barrier that fills in the damaged portions of the pipe. By doing so, you prevent the heavy, bulky pieces of the sewer line from being dumped into a landfill.

It is crucial to remember that the sewer leading away from your home carries dirty water and waste and as a result, immediate repairs are necessary. Otherwise, there is a possibility that the clean water entering your home will interact with the dirt water. 

Use Epoxy to Make the Liner More Effective

A resin epoxy is often most appropriate when there are only cracks in the sewer. Your pipes will be cleaned, perhaps using an alcohol based cleaning agent. After it dries, it is a simple matter of smoothing a thick layer of epoxy over each small crack and for about one half inch surrounding the cracks.

The same process exists for PVC sewers and it is usually recommended to only use PVC glue on PVC pipes. In some cases, you will see that a coupler may be added to the sewer and the epoxy should be used to connect them more securely. PVC is a common option for damage that is too extensive for resin epoxy to repair. 

After it dries, the sewer should be dry soon after and the liner can then be inserted into the sewer to create a seamless, sturdy way to transport sewage.

Finally, although trenchless sewer repair is easier and faster than older options, it is still a very exacting process which requires professional knowledge for best results. Fortunately, modern methods take less time to fix the problem and that means that it may not be as expensive as you think. (For more information on sewer repair, contact a company such as Able Sewerage Co)