Signs of Sewer Pipe Failure

A broken sewer pipe is a nightmare for any home or business owner but thankfully, the signs are easy to identify. If you have noticed your drains are running slowly and a sewer smell is coming back up through them, it's a good bet that you are dealing with some sort of issue with your wastewater system. Other more obvious signs are dark colored water backing up through toilets and drains or wastewater pooling on your property instead of reaching the sewer main under the street. If you are suffering from one of these problems, it's time to give your Warren, MI sewer experts at Mr. Rooter Detroit a call. Our process of diagnosing the problem with your plumbing and getting it fixed is pretty straightforward.

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Sewer Camera Inspection

Before we start any sort of repair work, we first need to identify the source of the problem. While some of that work can be done via a simple visual inspection by one of our trained professionals, we’ll also need to get a look at the inside of your pipes. We do that through the insertion of a robotic camera into your wastewater system using an existing cleanout or other access point. This robot sends back a live video feed to our technician, who can then diagnose the source of the problem from the inside out, without having to excavate the pipe first. This cuts down on costs, and also ensures you get the right fix for your problem the first time. We can then get you an estimate a begin the repair work.

Traditional Sewer Repair

There are two different ways to repair a failed or damaged sewer lateral pipe. The first has been around for centuries, and is fairly self explanatory. Essentially, our team will dig a trench along the length of the pipe and remove the old failed one and replace it with a new one, restoring the system to functionality. This process typically takes several days if not weeks, and will require the removal of any landscaping or hardscaping above the path of the sewer lateral, as well as the vacating of the premise while the work is completed. This process is simple and reliable, but has some obvious drawbacks. Luckily, recent developments in plastics also allow for a trenchless form of sewer repair.

Trenchless Sewer Repair

Trenchless sewer repair is a the more advanced option to the traditional dig and replace method. Using a small hole at either end of the damaged pipe in question, our experts can send an epoxy impregnated liner through it, then inflate it with an air bladder that forces the epoxy to attach to the side of the existing pipe. This seals any leaks or gaps and allows for a new pipe to be created within the old one with minimal loss of diameter. This new epoxy pipe is rated for 50 years of use, and will give you peace of mind as you can be sure the repair will last. These repairs can also be completed within a day, and are far more cost-effective.

If you’re dealing with a sewer problem, call us today at (888) 907-7322, and we’ll be happy to get it fixed, fast!

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