everything you need to know about your home septic system

everything you need to know about your home septic system

What To Expect When Your Sewer Line Is Being Repaired

by Suzanne Wilson

If you've had a damaged sewer line for a long period of time, chances are that some pretty foul stuff has been showing up in your yard—namely, sewage from your home. The good news is that if you've hired a repairman or plumber, this problem will no longer be an issue for you soon. However, the bad news is that the repairs may be somewhat intensive and could take a long period of time to complete.

Digging Up the Yard

One of the first things that will happen in this scenario is that the repair people will dig up your yard. This is absolutely necessary in order to access the pipe. Unfortunately, sewer lines are located far underground, so your yard will be in disarray for quite some time.

Finding the Problem

Once the repairman has reached the pipe, they'll be able to determine if it's just a crack or a full-fledged hole or break in the pipe. If it's a crack, they may be able to repair it by welding some new material onto the pipe. If it's a break or hole, however, the whole pipe will likely need replacing.

Replacing It

If your pipe needs a full replacement, it may take some time before it's ready to go. Your plumber will need to take measurements of the pipe and determine if the rest of the pipe is in adequate condition or if it needs to be replaced, too.

Once the pipe has been ordered and received, it will be laid down in place of where the old one was and connected. At this point you should no longer have the issues you were experiencing with sewage appearing in your yard.

Special Considerations

It's important to note that while your sewer line is dug up, you won't be able to use your bathroom or toilet at all. Anything that you flush down the toilet would just end up dumped out into your yard and will contribute to both the debris and the smell you've been putting up with.

In this scenario, your best bet is to have a toilet trailer rental brought in. You'll need somewhere to go while the pipes are being worked on, and unless you plan to knock on a neighbor's door every time a member of your family needs to go, this is the only solution that makes sense.

Replacing a pipe in your yard is a bit of a hassle, but if it's broken or busted, it has to be done. Save yourself some headache and order a portable toilet to be brought in while your home is being worked on so that you don't have to run to a neighbor's or a store every time you gotta go.


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