Sewer Pipe Replacement and Your Home in West Chester

2015-03-14 10.45.02

“Your sewer line needs to be replaced.” Seven words that can send chills down any homeowner’s spine, but sometimes there is no other option.

Every time you flush you flush a toilet, take a bath or wash a plate, you are sending that wastewater through the drain and into the sewer line, where it then reaches the city’s sewer main. For many reasons, this line can fail, and once that water starts leaking out and filling your home or garden with an awful sewage smell, you need to take action.

If you live in Westchester, you’ve probably heard about the pipe that broke and affected motorist that traveled through the Saw Mill River Parkway. 100,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled, causing a huge, stinky problem.

The Risks of a Damaged Sewer Pipe

The same thing can happen to you in your home. Old pipes can develop cracks, joints between pipes can start to open up, and tree roots can penetrate the line and grow inside, causing structural stress and eventually bursting the pipe.

Not long ago, when this happened you would need to hire a team of plumbers who would excavate through your lawn and pavement until all the sewer line was uncovered. They would then replace it and cover it back again.

This would destroy your landscape, create a big mess, and leave you with a hefty bill. Worst of all, it could take several days to get this job done. Could you imagine how frustrating it would be to have heavy machinery breaking concrete and lifting up tons of soil right outside your window?   

No-Dig Sewer Pipe Replacement

Fortunately, those old-fashioned methods have been replaced by something called trenchless pipe lining and pipe bursting. Let’s take a look at each of these sewer pipe replacement methods.

Pipe Lining is done when there is only a small section that needs to be replaced or repaired, or when the sewer line has only minor damage. A tube coated with epoxy is inserted into the line and then inflated by an air compressor. This makes it expand into the tube and coats it with epoxy all around. After leaving it to cure for a few hours, the epoxy will harden and create a pipe within the pipe, effectively covering any cracks or broken pieces.

When the sewer line has a lot of damage, the best thing to do is to get rid of it and put in a new one with the pipe bursting method. Simply put, an expander head is pulled from one end of the line to the other. As it travels, it expands and bursts the pipe open. A new pipe is then pulled through the old sewer line to replace it.

As you can see, this is not a job that can be done by your average Joe. You need to hire a business that has the proper equipment and plumbers who are trained to use it. If you live in the West Chester area and need a sewer pipe replacement, you should call the PipeShark plumbing company.

PipeShark not only specializes in all types of pipe and sewer line rehabilitation but also provides the best trenchless sewer repair in Philadelphia. Give them a call at 610-993-9300, or send any inquiries you might have to, and a skilled technician will get back to you shortly.

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