If you've been having frequent problems with sewer clogs, it might be due to a broken pipe with tree roots invading the line. You can tell what's going on inside the sewer pipe by having a contractor do an inspection with a mobile camera. If the pipe is damaged, he or she may recommend sewer relining. Here's why relining is often the best solution.
Keeps Roots Out Permanently
If you've had the sewer line cleaned out a few times then you know tree roots keep coming back. If there are cracks in the line, roots will find a way to wriggle inside the pipe and clog it up. Roots are naturally drawn to the nutrients and water in the pipe. Getting rid of the tree isn't the best solution since roots travel a long way in search of nutrients, so the tree could even be in your neighbor's yard. This creates the problem of frequent clogs and visits from a plumber to clear the line. What's worse, the roots gradually make the cracks bigger until the pipe breaks and collapses, which leads to expensive repairs.
Relining the sewer eliminates problems with tree roots. A liner is pulled through the old pipe and inflated so it takes on the shape of a tube. It is kept inflated until it hardens or cures into place. The result is a continuous pipe with no seams or cracks that roots can break through. Sewer relining puts an end to problems with pesky roots getting into your pipes.
It's A Quick And Convenient Repair
Sewer relining is not the only solution to a broken sewer pipe problem, but it is usually the best. The alternative is to dig up the old pipe and replace it. This requires heavy machinery tearing up your yard, digging a trench as long as the pipe, replacing the pipe, and then repairing the damage to your yard. Relining just requires two holes in your yard. The liner is placed in the hole near your house and it is pulled out of a hole at the other end where the pipe joins the municipal sewer system. There is no need to dig up your yard, tear down sheds, or pull out landscaping. Relining is a fairly quick process that's done with minimal disruption to your property.
If your contractor suggests sewer relining as a way to solve your problem, then you may not want to put it off for too long. In order to pull the liner through the old pipe, it has to be intact. Once the pipe is completely broken and collapsed upon itself, sewer relining might not be possible if the liner can't be pulled through. For more information, contact a company like Ultimate Excavation & Liners.