Worry Free Sewer Replacement in Austin
Replacing your sewer line can be expensive & disruptive, so we do not take it lightly. Our plumbing experts will first inspect your home’s sewer system to pinpoint damaged areas and then evaluate whether it makes more sense to repair damages or replace the entire line. When damage is extensive or likely to reoccur, a sewer system replacement is often necessary. While it’s the most invasive install your home will see, our team will work with you to complete the replacement quickly and to cause as little disruption to your home and yard as possible. We also offer 0% financing to help you manage an unexpected sewer replacement need.
Does Your Sewer Line Need to Be Replaced?
If your sewer line is getting clogged and causing draining issues very often, there may be a bigger sewer pipe problem hiding underground. Over time, the cost of repeated sewer cleaning will add up and the problems will likely continue to escalate. If you have one area of damaged sewer pipe, it may be possible to repair this section only. But if there is damage throughout the piping, you will be looking at a full sewer system replacement. You also may consider a sewer replacement if your sewer is composed of old or inadequate materials or was improperly installed.
Cast Iron Sewer Pipe Replacement
In central Texas, most home construction includes a concrete slab with cast iron pipes, or more recently, PVC sewage pipes buried in the soil underneath. If your home was built between 1950 to as late as the early 1980s or even 1990s, your home may have a cast iron pipe sewage system. Over time, cast iron buried in soil corrodes. Eventually, instead of carrying the sewage out away from the home, the cast iron pipes allow sewage to seep into the soil underneath. This can eventually lead to a flooded home. It’s much better to fix the problem before it becomes an issue – such as encountering a wet floor when stepping out of the shower. Eek!
Plumbers have sophisticated diagnostic tests to determine the status of the cast iron pipe replacement. But a sewer camera inspection can be all that’s necessary to reveal cracks and corrosion in a damaged cast iron sewer system.
Red Flags For Sewer Line Replacement
Age of Your Home
Sewer pipes tend to fail more frequently as they age due to wear and tear on the system. If you aren’t sure how old your sewer pipes are, consider the age of your home. Homes that are built over 50 years ago are much more likely to require a sewer system replacement.
Cast iron pipes were used in construction in some instances up until the early 1990s. If your home has cast iron sewer pipes, it’s not a question of if but when the sewer system will need replacement.
Sewer Pipe Material - Cast Iron Pipe
Today’s modern pipe materials are much more durable than in days past. Even PVC is now made with thicker walls to prevent root damage. Many older homes have sewer systems constructed of clay tile, cast iron, and thin wall PVC pipes. Clay tile begins to break down at 50 years, while cast iron can remain healthy for 75 to 100 years plus. PVC is significantly more durable, and today’s thicker PVC will last longer than thin wall PVC. If you are having repeated sewer issues and your pipes are made of dated materials, it’s likely to be more cost effective for you to replace your full sewer system in the long run.
Ground Movement & Tree Roots
Sewer lines can break when they experience trauma due to ground movement. If you’ve seen nearby construction or experienced an earthquake (not too likely in Central Texas), the ground movement could have damaged multiple areas of your sewer piping. Same applies to tree roots. Tree roots grow rapidly and are so strong they can wrap around the pipe causing damage to your lines. Big trees in your front yard may seem beautiful, but not if that’s what prevents you from going to the bathroom.
In Central Texas, severe weather systems of drought or freeze can cause pipes to shift within the claylike soil under the home. Reliant Plumbing owner, Max Hicks, spoke to KVUE News about the role that dry soil can play in causing pipes to crack or move. Prolonged dry weather conditions during the summer of 2022 caused soil to contract across the city. Some homes experienced leaks due to shrinking and shifting soil.
Schedule Your Service
Our plumbing experts are available to take care of your repair today. They’ll evaluate your problem, provide a solution & upfront price, and then get to work!