When you notice stains appearing on or around your foundation, or your drain is having problems, it means there is a looming sewer line problem. Unless something is done as soon as possible, you may end up paying more than you had to. If live in San Francisco, then you have probably encountered some of the sewer line problems. Here is a look at all you need to know about trenchless sewer pipe lining and replacement in San Francisco.
Causes of the Sewer Line Damage
Sewer line blockages are the root cause of many sewer problems experienced in San Francisco. Most homeowners will pour harsh chemicals down a slow moving drain to solve a blockage issue. What most people don’t know is that pouring in the chemicals can also cause major sewer line damage. Using chemicals is a temporary fix, however, older pipes made of clay or porous materials can be eaten away by the chemicals.
Most sewer line replacements in San Francisco started with root intrusion. Tree roots are attracted to water. Trees that are planted close to the foundation of your house can find their way into the sewer pipes. When the roots grow into the pipes, they ball up and completely block them. In such a case, the pipes will have to be removed and replaced.
The ground shifting also causes problems in the sewer. Other parts of San Francisco are still developing and they normally undergo construction. When heavy machines dig and vibrate the ground, it shifts around the pipes and bends the weaker ones at an angle that slows or stops drainage. Water then starts to build up within the pipes and leak out into the foundation.
What To Do When You Notice the Signs
One mistake most home owners make when they notice a problem with the drains is to run for the drain cleaner, but this is a bad idea. Most drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can do more harm than good. Not only do they eat away at whatever is clogging your pipes, but they also eat away at your pipes! Trust us when we tell you that fixing a clogged pipe is cheaper and easier than replacing a corroded one!
Types of Repairs
Our plumbers can quickly repair a pipe that has cracked. This is done by re-coating the interior with an epoxy lining. Expert plumbers can also efficiently replace short lengths of pipes in less than a day. Plumbing snakes can also be used for simple clogs and blockages.
Sewer line repair that involves the septic tank is a more intensive repair than normal. Since most septic tanks are buried in the backyard, the yard may have to be dug up from the point where the main pipe enters the house, to where it connects with the septic. So for those who intend to build a house, it is advisable that you have the sewer line in one place. This will make it easier to perform the repairs.