3 Types Of Sewer Line Excavation

Having access to a functioning sewer line is essential when it comes to removing waste from your home. If the quality of your main sewer line (which runs from the exterior of your home and connects to a municipal sewer system) is compromised, you will need to address the damage as quickly as possible. There are three types of excavation you can choose from to help you expose damaged sewer lines.

Here are your three options, and some simple ways to determine which excavation method is best suited to meet your needs,

1. External Excavation

If a professional plumber identifies a large section of your main sewer pipe that is in need of repair or replacement, then external excavation is likely your best option. This type of excavation requires the digging of a trench that allows workers to access the damaged section of pipe.

When you are completing an external excavation project, you will need access to the heavy machinery required to successfully dig a trench deep enough to reach your sewer pipe, and wide enough to allow workers to comfortably maneuver within the trench. External excavation will result in some minor damage to your home's landscaping, but can be a great way to make major repairs to your main sewer line in the future.

2. Interior Excavation

If you are looking for a way to solve your sewer problems without causing significant damage to your home's landscape design, then you might want to consider interior excavation. When your main sewer line only has minor damage, a technician may be able to access the damaged section and make repairs from inside the pipe itself.

Using a specialized jackhammer, your technician will snake a camera through the sewer line to provide visibility, remove the damaged section of pipe, and replace it with a functional piece of pipe. This can be done without any external digging, which saves you from having to reinstall landscape features after sewer repairs in the future.

3. Re-Route

Sometimes the damage to your main sewer line is so significant that it is beyond repair. In these situations, a full re-route could be your best option. Using heavy machinery to dig a new trench leading from your home to the municipal sewer line, workers will lay a brand new main line to accommodate your home's waste removal needs.

This type of excavation is the most extensive, and you should plan for significant damage to your home's landscaping during the excavation for a main line re-route.

Understanding the type of excavating that can be used to address problems with your main sewer line will help you choose the method best suited to meet your repair needs.