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As our Mid-Missouri infrastructure ages, it will need repair. Sooner or later you will need to replace or repair a broken sewer line at your home or business.

Sewer line pipes run from your house to the city sewer or a septic tank. These pipes are connected to every drain and facet in your home or business.

Repairs to these pipes are more frequent in older properties, especially those constructed in the 1970’s or earlier simply because of the technology at that time.

Sewer line repair is not a do-it-yourself home project. Most sewer line repair requires a permit. You will need the experience of a plumbing professional to ensure that your repair goes smoothly. If your sewer line repair goes haywire, you may be looking at a sewer line replacement and a major headache.

National Service with a Local Touch

When you hire the Mr. Rooter plumbing team, you’re hiring local plumbers with quality, national service. Our customer commitment ensures that courteous and premium work measures are consistently met.

Our plumbers are based in Columbia and around Mid-Missouri, so they are familiar with the local sewer systems. Our experience with the local wear and tear on sewer pipes has been an asset when repairing sewer lines and helping to prevent future damage.

Save yourself time and money by hiring a plumbing professional. Mr. Rooter is the neighborly service you can rely on.

More than a little issue

These are some common signs that your sewer line needs to be repaired or replaced:

Backups and blockages: There’s nothing less sanitary than an overflow of contaminated water.

Regular backups may be a sign of a sewer system in need of repair.

Sewer odor: Your nose may be on to something. Damaged pipes cannot contain the passing contents, which will lead to them leaking waste and the smell entering into your home.

Septic waste pooling in the lawn: When you see this problem, you can assume that the sewer pipe damage is directly underneath the pool of waste. This could be caused by a broken septic tank, clogged drain fields, or a cracked main line.

Broken, collapsed, cracked, or misaligned pipes: Caused by shifting soil or frozen ground.

Mold: Mold can grow from a humidity level slightly over 55%. A cracked sewer pipe will boost humidity levels to a damaging level.

Foundation cracks and sinkholes: Extreme water damage can cause major wear and tear to your property. Prolonged water damage will create foundational issues.

Rodent and insect infestation: Rats and other creatures live in sewers and can make their way into your home from pipes tied to your city’s main line. The same applies to insects such as cockroaches. Cockroaches can expose their allergens to you and others, which can trigger asthma-like symptoms.

Common Causes of Sewer System Damage:

Leaking pipes: A broken seal between pipes can cause water to escape into the surrounding area.

Corrosion: Pipes have deteriorated and/or broken, causing blockages in the line and restricting water flow.

‘Bellied’ pipes or sagging sewer line: A section of existing pipes sinks into the ground and creates an area for waste to collect.

Damage at home and at work

Sewer issues in your home affect your quality of life. Sewer exposure anywhere in your home will expose you to viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Unfortunately, most home insurance does not cover the cost of sewer system repairs or replacement. Make sure your sewer repair is done correctly by a plumbing professional the first time.

If you’re a business owner, sewer problems will create water damage throughout your space as well as expose your employees to dangers. Mr. Rooter will fix your sewer system quickly and correctly repair your sewer system to save you time and money.

Contact Mr. Rooterfor nationally recognized neighborly service if you find yourself in need of sewer line replacement. We are always on call to assist you.

Sewer Line Repair

Since sewer lines were only made to last 50 to 60 years, we are starting to see major damage around our Mid-Missouri community. Fortunately, at Mr. Rooter, we have a team of sewer system experts to treat our aging pipes.

Sometimes your sewer line may be damaged but not enough to demand replacement. Sewer line repair will not replace the entire sewer line, but instead repair parts of the existing pipe. This process can still be invasive to your lawn and other property features.

When working with Mr. Rooter, we will always explain your options after a careful examination of your sewer issues. We will show you exactly how we are going to fix it. You can trust us to meet your needs and expectations.

Sewer Line Replacement

Sometimes the wear and tear done to your sewer system passes the point of return, leaving the only solution sewer line replacement, which is more complex than a repair.

Any type of pipe — regardless of the materials it’s made of — can break due to extreme inner or outer pressure or wear. During the sewer line replacement process, it can take time to determine the root cause of the problem and the best solution.

We use a camera inside your damaged sewer pipe to capture images of the damage and the exact location of your breakage. These images help determine your best option moving forward. The Mr. Rooter team will ensure you are fully aware of the entire process.

Broken Sewer Line Solutions

When replacing or repairing your sewer line, consider whether you want to use traditional repair techniques or newer trenchless sewer line replacement methods.

Traditional sewer line excavation is an unpleasant experience for any residential or commercial property. At Mr. Rooter, we put our almost 50 years of experience to work to keep our projects timely and sanitary.

The trenchless option is more modern and technologically advanced.

Trenchless sewer line replacement comes in two options: pipe-lining and pipe-bursting.

-Pipe-lining: a flexible pipe coated with resin is blown or pulled through the old pipe.

-Pipe-bursting: a machine breaks out the old pipe while laying the new pipe in place behind it.

Let our plumbing and sewer line experts find which option is best for your property.

Ways to Prevent Sewer Problems:

  • Before you start creating parking spaces, find out where you sewer line is located. The weight of vehicles parked on your sewer line will cause wear and tear on your pipes.
  • Tree roots love moisture and will seek it out. Avoid planting trees and shrubs by your sewer line to prevent root invasion.
  • Refrain from flushing anything down your toilet that is not toilet paper or human waste.
  • Do not pour grease down any drain. Grease clogs pipes. Instead, pour grease into a can and let it cool and then dispose of it in the trash.

Contact Mr. Rooterfor nationally recognized neighborly service if you find yourself in need of sewer line repair. We are always on call for you.


Once you’ve recognized your need for a sewer line replacement, there isn’t time to waste. While traditional sewer line replacement is cheaper, it involves costly property damage to your lawn and driveway, possibly doubling the original repair cost.

Trenchless sewer line repair is the less invasive option to repairing your sewer system. Trenchless sewer line replacement has a lifespan of up to 100 years and uses the newest technologies to avoid ripping up your landscape. Talk about getting your money’s worth!

This modern sewer line replacement can be completed within one day. Traditional sewer line replacement can take three to five days. Trenchless sewer line repair’s methodology keeps your lawn, landscaping, and patio intact.

If you want to know if your home is an option for trenchless sewer line repair, contact Mr. Rooter today for your neighborhood plumber to come out for a visit.

For almost 50 years, Mr. Rooter has been a trusted source for all plumbing repair. Let us put our experience to work for you. We are available 24/7 to address all of your plumbing emergencies. We will never charge overtime fees for our neighbors.

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