Is your plumbing line on its last legs? Any homeowner is going to stress over this, as it’s a problem that needs repair immediately. You don’t want any flooding, sanitation problems, and a toilet that doesn’t work.
However, replacing it altogether is expensive, and you have to dig a giant trench while you do it. Being an emergency situation, it also opens the door for bad contractors and plumbers. A bad plumber may take their time with replacing your lining. If they do a bad plumbing job with replacement, you also have to worry about the lining messing up again.
Luckily, there may be a few ways to replace your system.
Also known as pipe lining depending on method, this is an increasing popular way of repairing your plumbing. You don’t need to dig any trenches to replace your main line. Instead, you use a bursting head and push it down the old pipe. The original pipe splits and goes outward, making room for the new pipe. It’s a method that can last a long time, sometimes 50 years.
If your lining has a small wear and tear, you sometimes can make it last longer through spot repair. A pipe lining is stuck into the drain and goes over the spot that needs repair. It can mold to the spot and seal itself, preventing any water from coming out. Due to location machines and cameras on the tools, it’s easy to find the exact spot and repair it without error. Spot repair can last a good while and is great for an otherwise good sewer lining.
This method doesn’t need any digging at all. First, a plumber uses a snake machine or another method to clean the old pipe and any other pollutants in it. Afterwards, a camera is used to measure its length and any connections, as well as what the material is made from.
Afterwards, a contractor will use a cable to put the lining in the pipe. The end result is a pipe inside of a pipe, which eliminates any need for digging.
If your home is older than 50 years, your sewer line is a ticking time bomb. Having regular maintenance checks and looking for someone to make any repairs is important.
With that said, for every helpful plumber or contractor, there is a bad contractor and a plumbing scam too.
For example, if your plumber keeps raising price amounts and takes their time, this may be a sign that they want to get more money out of you than the job is worth.
Not to mention, bad maintenance. A bad worker will take a halfhearted look at your system and before you know it, you have a problem on your hands.
Stay informed. You deserve a plumbing system that lasts a lifetime.