How to Spot Repair a Sewer Line

How to Spot Repair a Sewer Line

Sewer line issues? A complete replacement may not be necessary thanks to a quicker, easier fix.

If you’ve ever dealt with issues in your sewer lines, chances are you weren’t too excited about it. Most people aren’t jumping for joy when they realize there’s an issue with their sewer line. 

While sewer lines typically last around 50 years, there can be moments when they encounter issues here and there, or you may just happen to purchase a home that is at the end of its sewer line life and needs replaced. However, if you’re running into issues with your sewer line, a complete replacement may not be necessary and you can spot repair issues along the way. 

A spot repair in a sewer line focuses on fixing the broken part of a pipe, or pipes, without ripping out and re-installing a brand new system. If you’re a first-time homeowner, or haven’t needed to deal with sewer line issues yet, here’s some advice on spot repairs and how they may work for you.

When Should I Choose a Spot Repair?

Oftentimes you know when your sewer is experiencing issues. Typically, signs of a sewer line issue include backed up drains, clogging, changing toilet water levels, and even foul odors coming from your drains or your yard. In worst case scenarios, sewage may start seeping into the ground and event attracting rodents. 

A plumber can help you determine if a spot repair is a good option for your issues by letting you know if the entire pipe is in bad condition or if there’s a simple fix for it. 

Is a Spot Repair My Best Option?

Cost effectiveness is the biggest benefit to choose a spot repair over an entire sewer line repair. Spot repairs can save you thousands of dollars while still resolving your issues. A spot repair is also easier to do than a sewer line replacement. as they are quicker and less invasive. There’s also no risk to your other utilities lines when doing a spot repair. 

How Is a Spot Repair Done?

Rather than digging any holes, a flexible pipe liner is inserted into a drain and placed at the problem area. This liner is flexible enough to get into the pipe, but once it is in place it molds to the sides of the pipes and hardens, creating a waterproof seal. It may not seem like the most foolproof method, but the lining can hold up for upwards of 50 years