Sewer lines are not something that most people think about on a regular basis or ever, even though we rely on them every single day. They're a perfect example of the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" until they suffer serious damage or deterioration and start sending signals that you need pipe lining services.
If your wastewater disposal lines are showing signs of wear and tear damage or you've already dealt with an unpleasant plumbing disaster as the result of their deterioration, it's time to call your local Memphis plumber for help. Count on the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Memphis to restore your sewer lines to full function so your household can stop worrying about what trouble may be coming down the pipe next.
About Our Pipe Lining Services
When they get the news that a plumbing system needs pipe lining, Homeowners and business owners often dread the thought that their lawn or hardscaping is going to have to be torn apart in order to dig a big trench and access the buried lines. Traditional pipe replacement and repair was a laborious, time-consuming hassle for exactly that reason, but the plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing now use state-of-the-art technology to carry out trenchless sewer repair methods such as pipelining.
As the name suggests, trenchless methods like pipe lining eliminate the need to dig a trench. That means the trenchless pipe lining process is faster and ultimately more cost-effective than traditional methods. It has a minimal impact on your property, and there's no compromise in the quality of the repair. Pipelining lasts just as long, if not longer, than conventional pipe repair and is resistant to factors such as tree roots, which can be extremely damaging to buried plumbing lines.
Inspection and Assessment
Before we get started on pipe lining, our plumbers take the time to thoroughly investigate your system, diagnose the problem and determine if pipe lining is the correct solution. What happens inside wastewater disposal lines is a mystery to most homeowners, but plumbing problems can't hide from our experts. We'll perform a sewer camera inspection to examine your underground infrastructure and determine the exact nature of the problem and its location in your system. Video inspection involves attaching a small camera to a cable and lowering it into your drain, then moving it through the pipes while it records footage. Once it has been removed, your plumber can play back the footage and use it to figure out the best course of action to get the problem resolved.
In some cases, where a leak is the culprit, we’ll perform an additional leak detection service to locate the affected area before coming up with a solution to fix your leaky pipe.
Trenchless sewer pipe lining, which is also sometimes called pipe relining, is a method of sewer repair for buried wastewater lines that have suffered damage. That includes cracks, pinholes, tree root intrusion, corrosion, and other issues. Rather than removing the old, damaged pipe and putting in a new one, the pipe lining process involves the use of innovative technology to essentially insert a new pipe inside the existing one.
A "sleeve" of fabric soaked in epoxy resin is inserted into the broken pipe and pulled through. Then, an inflatable tube inside the sleeve is blown up, so it pushes the sleeve against the walls of the old pipe. Once the epoxy cures and hardens, the inflatable tube is removed, and the epoxy pipe lining essentially forms a new pipe inside the old one. The epoxy is very durable and long-lasting, and it's not easily penetrated by tree roots.
Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Pipe Lining in Memphis, TN
When your residential or commercial plumbing system is acting up, and you get the news that you need pipe lining, our local plumbers are here to help. We've completed numerous pipe lining projects, and we know exactly how to get the work done efficiently and effectively to deliver long-lasting results. Along with pipe lining, we offer numerous other plumbing services designed to get your entire plumbing system in excellent shape and keep it that way. Our services include drain cleaning, water heater replacement and repair, water line replacement, and much more. We are proud to be Memphis’s first-choice plumbing company for expert services.
Memphis Pipe Lining FAQs
Do you have questions about our pipe lining process or our other plumbing services? Just pick up the phone and give our customer service staff a call, and they will be happy to answer your questions quickly and easily. You can also find our replies to a few questions we often hear from local property owners in our FAQ section below.
What Are the Warning Signs That Sewer Pipe Lining is Necessary?
In all honesty, it's very rare for a homeowner to call us and tell us they've noticed signs that they need pipe lining. You know when something's not right with their drainage lines, but you usually don't realize that it's a situation that calls for a pipe lining service. The symptoms of a damaged pipe can seem very similar to the symptoms of a nasty clog, so it's far more common for homeowners to assume that's the trouble. Here are some of the signs to watch out for that may be indicating your plumbing system needs pipe lining services:
- Water is slow to drain out of fixtures or isn't draining at all
- Unpleasant smells coming from drains, such as rotten food odors in the kitchen, or moldy, musty smells in the bathroom
- Strange sounds from drain lines, such as gurgling, bubbling, grinding, sucking, or banging
- Toilet clogs often, and you don't know why
- Toilet bubbles when you use other bathroom drains
- Sewage backups in floor drains, toilets, showers, or bathtubs
- Patches of grass that are suddenly more lush and green than other parts of your yard
If you notice the signs listed above, it doesn't necessarily mean you need pipe lining. Our Memphis plumbers will come out to your property and take the time to evaluate and diagnose the problem so they can come up with the correct solution to get your drain lines functioning perfectly again.
Are There Situations Where Pipe Lining Can't Be Used?
Our pipe lining service is the perfect solution to a lot of issues that can occur with buried sewer lines, but there are some scenarios where it's just not possible or effective.
Here are some cases where your plumber will choose a different method of sewer line rehabilitation:
- If the existing drain pipe is severely damaged or deteriorated to the point that it's collapsing, there's nothing for the epoxy sleeve to cling to before it cures, and pipe lining can't be used. In that situation, pipe bursting or possibly digging a trench are the possible solutions.
- Pipelining essentially involves inserting a new pipe inside an existing one, which, of course, makes for a smaller inner diameter. If the original pipe diameter was already small, pipe lining could take up too much room and restrict the flow of water, which causes its own set of problems.
- If the problem isn't so much the condition of the existing pipe but rather that the trench it's sitting in doesn't have an adequate slope, pipe lining is useless. As we all know, water moves downhill. If there's not enough of a slope in the trench, it will just sit there and can end up backing up into the house. Pipelining can't help in that situation because the same problem would keep occurring, and the only option is to dig a new trench with the correct slope.
- If you have Orangeburg pipes installed, pipe lining is not the answer. Orangeburgs are essentially made from bituminized, compressed wood pulp fiber, and they really only last 50 years at a maximum. Plumbers stopped installing them more than 50 years ago, so if you have them, they need to be fully replaced. This also applies to severely corroded cast iron pipes.
Are Pipe Lining and Pipe Bursting the Same Thing?
This is a relatively common misconception because pipe lining and pipe bursting are both trenchless methods to address sewer line damage, but they're not the same. While pipe lining is a type of sewer line repair that involves inserting a new pipe inside an old one, pipe bursting is a sewer line replacement method in which an existing pipe that is seriously damaged is broken apart with hydraulics, and a new pipe is inserted into the gap left behind. Typically, this only requires two small holes to be dug at either end of the line that is being replaced. Pipe bursting is a great solution for some situations in Memphis where pipe lining can't be used.
Trust Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Expert Pipe Lining Services in Memphis!
Do you live in Memphis or a nearby area such as Brunswick, Germantown, or Covington? Rely on the experienced plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Memphis for effective plumbing services such as pipe lining. Our plumbers have the skill and experience to take care of your entire plumbing system. We are proud to provide you with a non-excavation pipe repair solution!Get in touch with our friendly customer service representatives today to find out more about our trenchless pipe lining services or schedule an appointment for service at a time that's convenient for your household.