What are the pros and cons associated with repairing a sewer line as opposed to replacing it in its entirety?
A lot of homeowners struggle with this question as they attempt to do what is best for their property without emptying out their pocketbooks in the process. The truth of the matter is that the advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these methods can vary a lot depending on the particular situation that you are facing. Much of it depends on the overall condition of the sewer line itself. In many cases, repairing a sewer line is far more feasible now than it has ever been in the past but there are those rare occasions where it is still necessary to replace the sewer line as opposed to attempting repairs.
Before modern repair techniques became widespread, many people found themselves in a situation where they were basically forced to replace their sewer line as opposed to repairing it. If the line was cracked, there were few other options but to go in, dig up the existing line and lay down a new one. This was a rather time-consuming project that often involved spending several days if not a week or more at a given a location and utilizing several individuals and a lot of heavy machinery in order to accomplish the task. In addition, it usually left homeowners in a situation where their property was torn up for months, as it was necessary to dig a lot of large holes on the property. This could damage landscaping and it would take a long time before that landscaping would start to look normal again. While it is still true that there are a few cases where a line needs to be replaced, it is not as prevalent as it once was. This is largely because of improved techniques when it comes to repairing a line, not to mention improvements in the methods used for replacing them.
When a sewer line has been damaged or it is simply crumbling because of age, the first thing that you need to do is have it inspected. If it has been a while since it has been inspected or you suspect that there might be an issue with the line itself, your first course of action is to contact a plumbing company that has a lot of experience when it comes to working with these types of lines. The first thing that the company will do is send a camera down through the line in order to see exactly what type of damage is occurring and how severe the damage is. In most cases, a repair can be made. The line might need to be replaced if the damage is severe or if it has gone unchecked for a number of months or even years, effectively compromising the sewer line to a point that repair is no longer a feasible option.
If the sewer line can be repaired, the advantage to you as the homeowner is that it can usually be done for less money than it would cost to replace the line in its entirety. This is definitely something that you would want to consider. Typically, it requires less time to repair a line than it does to replace one and in some cases, the repairs can be accomplished with only one or two individuals, depending on the severity of the problem itself. All of this adds up to savings for you at home. One disadvantage of having the line repaired is that if the damage is marginally severe, it is imperative that you ensure that the repair is capable of holding or you might find yourself in the same situation just a few months down the road. That is why it is important to spend time speaking with the plumbing company in order to determine the best solution going forward.
By the same token, replacing the sewer line can provide you with a number of advantages if the existing line has severe damage and is already leaking. If the line has been compromised to the point that the pipe is hardly holding together, you would be better off getting it replaced because you don’t want to have to constantly repair of the same line. Therefore, an advantage of having a sewer line replaced is that once the project is done, you don’t have to worry about something going wrong with it for a number of years. The disadvantages of having this type of work done is that the cost is slightly higher and in many cases, it requires more manpower and takes a little bit longer to accomplish the task. Fortunately, you usually don’t have to worry about a lot of damage occurring to your landscaping, thanks to newer techniques that do not require digging up the entire property in order to get to the line itself.