What Are The Different Types of Sewer Line Repair?

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When it comes to sewer line repair, our expertise spans three main methods. We're proficient in cure-in-place liners, pipe bursting, and the traditional trenching method that's likely familiar to most. Each approach has its advantages and is tailored to different situations, ensuring we can address a variety of sewer line issues efficiently and effectively.

Traditional vs. Trenchless Methods: Which is Best?

Trenchless sewer methods are specifically engineered to reduce excavation, demolition, and labor costs. We often recommend trenchless replacements, especially liners, particularly in Utah, where many properties boast expansive landscaping or mature trees in the front yard. This approach helps us avoid disrupting the property's aesthetics and minimizes the risks associated with excavating near underground utilities. Safety is paramount; large trenches, especially deep and extensive, pose collapse hazards. We aim to limit excavation whenever possible. With most liner installations, we can often complete the job without any excavation, provided there's access to the line. This minimally invasive approach is our preference. Traditional repairs are only considered when trenchless methods are not feasible.

Identifying Signs of Sewer Line Issues

There are common signs indicating a sewer line issue and a need for sewer line repair. The most prevalent indicator is drains backing up, especially into the basement drain. Typically, this is where the problem first becomes evident. You might notice water from upstairs fixtures, like sinks or showers, surfacing in lower-level drains or toilets. Backups are a clear signal that something is amiss. Another key sign is when drains exhibit unusual behavior due to changes in air pressure. For instance, if your toilet gurgles or bubbles when flushed, it's often a sign that the system is struggling to maintain proper airflow. These signs indicate the need for professional attention, whether it's snaking the drain or performing a repair.

Maintenance Tips for Extending Sewer Line Lifespan

Sewer line maintenance is akin to regular checkups for your health; it's crucial for avoiding significant issues down the line. I don't typically recommend using drain snakes or cleaners for maintenance because they can be intrusive. When we send a cable down the line, especially in Utah, where clay lines are common, there's a risk of damaging the pipe. Instead, the best approach to maintenance is to have a professional inspect the line with a camera annually. This approach lets us catch any potential problems early and ensure your sewer system remains in good condition.

Regulations and Permits for Sewer Line Repairs

Every locality has a sewer district responsible for overseeing any work on sewer pipes, whether they're being changed or repaired. Notifying and involving the sewer district in such projects is mandatory and applies across all of Utah. This involvement includes inspections. Our preference for methods like cure-in-place replacements or trenchless replacements stems from a desire to prevent pipes from deteriorating to the point where excavation becomes necessary. When pipes degrade to that extent, obtaining permits for right-of-way access from the city becomes essential and more expensive. These permits are required for digging in roads, sidewalks, or curbs—something we aim to avoid with our chosen methods.

Case In Point

We often encounter homes in areas like the avenues where traditional clay pipes aren't the norm. Just yesterday, I visited a property with cast iron pipes dating back a century. Many would assume such aged infrastructure necessitates a total replacement. However, we possess both the expertise and cutting-edge technology to salvage these cast iron pipes. We recently bid on a project to line such a pipe, which several other companies had deemed requiring trenching. By opting for our trenchless solution, we're not only preserving historical infrastructure but also saving homeowners significant costs. In this instance, we estimated our solution to be approximately $15,000 cheaper than other quotes. Granted, dealing with cast iron drains can be complex, and not every company is equipped to handle them, let alone line them. But with our extensive experience, we've honed the ability to tackle even the most challenging cases.


We offer expertise in three sewer line repair methods: cure-in-place liners, pipe bursting, and traditional trenching. Trenchless methods are often recommended to minimize disruption and ensure safety, especially in areas with extensive landscaping. Regular maintenance and compliance with regulations are essential for extending the sewer line's lifespan. Our recent success in salvaging century-old cast iron pipes highlights our commitment to innovative and cost-effective solutions. With our expertise and advanced technology, we provide reliable sewer line repair services tailored to our customers' needs.

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