Replacing a clay sewer line from the curb to the sewer main is a specific type of sewer line replacement that involves replacing the section of the sewer line made of clay pipes, running from your property’s curb or property line to the connection point at the public sewer main. Clay sewer lines are known for being susceptible to damage and root intrusion over time, which may necessitate replacement. Here are the key steps involved in this type of sewer line replacement:

1. Assessment and Inspection

  • At BRUTE Contracting, our team will assess the condition of the clay sewer line using a sewer camera to determine the extent of the damage and deterioration. We then decide if the section of the sewer line from the curb to the sewer main needs to be replaced.

2. Permitting and Approval

  • Before beginning the replacement project, you will likely need to obtain permits and approvals from your local municipality or sewer authority. This is necessary to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.

3. Excavation

  • The area between your curb or property line and the public sewer main is excavated to expose the existing clay sewer line. Excavation must be done carefully to avoid damage to other underground utilities.

4. Removal of Old Clay Pipes

  • The old clay sewer line section is removed, and any debris or obstructions are cleared from the trench. Clay pipes are often fragile and can be easily damaged, so careful handling is essential.

5. Installation of New Pipes

  • New sewer pipes, typically made of more durable materials like PVC or HDPE, are installed to replace the old clay pipes. Proper alignment and slope are crucial to ensure proper drainage.

6. Connection to Sewer Main

  • The new sewer line is connected to the public sewer main, following local regulations and guidelines. This may require coordination with the local sewer authority.

7. Inspection and Testing

  • The newly installed sewer line is thoroughly inspected and tested for leaks, proper flow, and compliance with local codes and standards.

8. Backfilling and Restoration

  • Once the replacement is verified to be functioning correctly, the excavation site is backfilled, and the surface is restored to its original condition. This may include repaving or landscaping as necessary.

9. Compliance and Documentation

  • Ensure that all required inspections and approvals are obtained and documented to comply with local regulations.

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Replacing a clay sewer line with more durable materials like PVC can help prevent future issues and provide a longer-lasting solution. It’s essential to work with experienced professionals for this type of sewer line replacement, as it may involve connections to the public sewer main and coordination with local authorities. Additionally, be prepared for costs associated with permits, excavation, and restoration work. Contact our team to schedule a clay sewer line replacement from house to sewer main service at (201) 581-3740 or fill out our contact form.