Maryland Sewer Repair
Anyone who lives in Maryland is probably aware of the sewage problems it experiences after a hard rain. Sewers quickly fill up, spilling out their contents through the manhole covers. If you’re curious why this happens: it is all caused by an ancient network of sewer lines.
Most of the cities in Maryland use pipes that are several decades old. Take Baltimore, for example. In ancient times, Baltimore’s harbor was used as a dumping place for the city’s wastewater. It was like a septic tank for the city until the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Over 1,500 buildings were burnt to the ground, and plans were made to rebuild the city more efficiently, so a state-of-the-art sewer system was built.
However, we are talking about something that happened over a century ago and that system is now a crumbling network of breaking and cracking pipes. This is a problem suffered by many other Maryland cities. The Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Accokeek had a 52-year-old cast iron pipe leak sewage into a retention basin. A sewer main break was reported at Maryland Heights this year, and similar problems happen around the state.
This can also happen in your sewer line at home. Old pipes will crack and break, leaking into the ground. Tree roots will penetrate the pipes, creating clogs, and joints will shift and open, letting wastewater out and soil and debris into the pipes.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for any sewer line issues that happen on your property, so you need to take quick action when you notice anything wrong with them. You also need to keep in mind that several plumbing companies don’t have access to the latest repair technology, so even a simple sewer repair will mean having to dig out the pipes, fix them, and cover them up again. This is an expensive and messy job and can take several days to complete.
At SPT, we use a trenchless approach, which means that no digging is involved. When you need a sewer repair, we will fist use a video camera to inspect the pipes. This will help us decide on the best way to fix the problem as well as diagnose the general condition of the line and find any obstructions that you might not have noticed yet.
If the pipes are in good enough shape, we can do a Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) repair. After we clean the inside of your pipes and remove any roots or debris, a CIPP liner is inserted into them, which is coated with a special epoxy. The bladder is then inflated to cover the pipe’s inner surface and once the epoxy cures, it hardens and creates a new pipe section within the old pipe, covering any leaks and fixing broken pieces.
To do this we only need to dig two small access holes and we can get the job finished in less than a day. This method will save you money and time, and is a long-term solution since the new pipe liner can last for more than 50 years.
For your next sewer repair in Maryland, give us a call. We have been in business since the early 1990s and our highly trained staff is ready to help you solve any plumbing problem in your house or business using the most advanced pipe condition assessment, cleaning, and pipe rehabilitation technologies in the industry.