Should You Replace Your Sewer Line or Get Sewer Relining? Factors to Consider

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If you have had plumbing issues recently, you may be surprised to find that you have problems with your main residential sewer line. The sewer line is the plumbing fixture that carries waste water out of your home to the central city sewer line to be taken to a water treatment plant. When your sewer line is in disrepair, it can leak and leach into the ground. It may also have something blocking or clogging the pipe, causing waste water to back up and leak back into the plumbing fixtures in your home.

Once you discover that you have a sewer line problem, the question becomes whether you should replace your sewer line or have it relined. Get to know some of the factors to consider in the process so that you can be sure that you make the right decision for you and your home. 

Relining Is Good for Basic Cracks and Obstructions That Do Not Penetrate

Depending on what your sewer line issue is, replacement or relining may be the better option. Sewer relining is ideal for basic wear and tear problems, including cracks in the pipe, with your sewer line or to help cover up damage caused by an obstruction. Sewer relining is designed to provide extra structure to the interior of the sewer pipe and prevent waste water from leaking out.

On the other hand, if your sewer line has been damaged by a tree root pushing through it or another obstruction that has fully penetrated the sewer line, you will likely need to replace your sewer line instead. A trench will need to be dug to remove the tree root or other object penetrating the sewer line and the sewer line will need to be replaced.

Relining Is the More Cost Effective Option

One factor to consider in the process of making the decision between sewer replacement and relining is the price tag. Replacing your sewer is expensive to do. You will need to dig up a trench in your yard, remove and dispose of the old line, and then purchase new materials and have the line installed. Then, the trench needs to be refilled to cover the new sewer line.

Sewer relining on the other hand, is more cost effective because fewer new materials are needed. The original sewer line remains in place, and a new lining made from resins is installed inside of that existing pipe. This often does not even require a trench to be dug because the sewer line remains intact. As such, the entire cost is cut substantially.

Given these factors, you can better make a decision between replacing your sewer line and getting it relined. If you have more questions, talk to a contractor like Ultimate Excavation & Liners.


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