Sooner or later, most Indianapolis-area homes, especially those built in the 1970s or earlier, will require sewer line repair or replacement. Sewer pipes in older homes are usually made of clay tiles that can crack or break apart and are often damaged or clogged by tree roots. Replacing a sewer line is expensive, so it's understandable that you don't want to do it until you absolutely have to.
Remember, if you hear gurgling noises, have slow-draining pipes, or a foul smell, it could be a sign that your sewer line is failing. For a full run-down of signs your sewer line might be damaged, you should check out my last blog post.
Here are some common questions I get out in the field about sewer lines:
Isn't the city responsible for my sewer line?
Unfortunately, homeowners are fully responsible for the maintenance and repair of all home plumbing, including the lines that travel from residential structures out to the sewer main. This includes all blockages that occur in any public utility easements and public right of way that are defined in the property title. (source)
Do you really have to dig up my yard?
A lot of folks put off getting their sewer line replaced for fear of the big mess that has to be made when we come out to dig up the back yard. Yes, you can expect a large backhoe and possibly a shutdown of the street or alley outside your home. You'll have large piles of dirt, a deep trench and caution tape in the yard.
Yes, it's an invasive process and you might feel more comfortable staying in a hotel or somewhere else for a night or two. But I can also tell you that you won't be sorry you took care of the problem and you can trust you're in good hands with Hope. We'll make sure to get your yard back into the best shape we possibly can. When we finish the job and backfill the dirt, there will be a two to four-foot mound of dirt left behind, lasting six months to a year. Here's a tip: If you water the mound, it can be back to normal even faster.
How long will the work you do last me?
If your end up only needing to replace a section or do a spot repair on your sewer line, you'll most likely need to do some maintenance every two to five years. If you replace the whole thing, the sewer work and parts we use come with a 50-year warranty.
Is this a dangerous job?
Yes. Taking safety precautions is a big part of this particular job. Our team of experts uses every safety measure to prevent cave-ins during excavation and damage to gas and water lines.
Our team of plumbers is fully trained in the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to solve all of your plumbing and drain problems, including sewer line repair and replacement. Call us today with any questions and to make sure a small issue doesn't become a big expense and inconvenience.