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When Should You Replace A Sewer Line?

Excavated Orangeburg Sewer Line on the Ground

Are you wondering when should you replace a sewer line? You should consider replacing a sewer line under the following circumstances:

Things To Consider When Replacing Your Own Sewer Line

  1. Frequent Clogs and Backups: If you experience frequent clogs and backups in your drains and toilets, it may be a sign of a more significant issue in your sewer line. Persistent problems despite professional cleaning could indicate the need for replacement.
  2. Age of the Sewer Line: The age of your sewer line can be a significant factor. If your home has an older clay, cast iron, or Orangeburg sewer line, these materials can deteriorate over time. Sewer lines that are over 50 years old may be particularly susceptible to damage and may need replacement.
  3. Tree Root Intrusion: Tree roots can infiltrate sewer lines through cracks and joints, causing blockages and damage. If tree roots have invaded your sewer line and caused recurrent problems, replacement may be necessary.
  4. Leaking or Collapsed Pipe: A sewer line that has developed significant cracks, leaks, or has collapsed cannot be effectively repaired and may need replacement. Leaking sewage can lead to health hazards and environmental issues.
  5. Sewer Line Corrosion: Corrosion can weaken the sewer line, leading to leaks and reduced structural integrity. If you have a metal sewer line, corrosion over time can be a reason for replacement.
  6. Persistent Odors: If you notice persistent sewage odors around your property, it could indicate cracks or leaks in your sewer line that require replacement.
  7. Multiple Repairs: If you’ve had to repair your sewer line multiple times in a short period, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to replace it, especially if the line is aging or made of problematic materials.
  8. Sagging or Bellied Sewer Line: If your sewer line has developed sags or bellies (low points where waste accumulates), it can lead to frequent clogs and sewage backups. These sections may need replacement or reinforcement.
  9. Municipal Requirements: In some cases, local municipalities may require you to replace your sewer line if it is in poor condition and poses a risk to the public sewer system.
  10. Home Renovation or Remodeling: If you’re planning a major renovation or remodeling project that involves your home’s plumbing system, it may be a good time to assess the condition of your sewer line and consider replacement if needed.

When considering sewer line replacement, it’s essential to consult with a licensed plumber or sewer specialist to assess the specific issues and recommend the appropriate course of action. They can perform inspections and diagnostic tests to determine whether replacement is necessary and provide you with a cost estimate for the work. Keep in mind that sewer line replacement is a significant project, and it’s crucial to address any issues promptly to prevent further damage or health hazards. To speak to our team regarding a sewer line replacement service, please contact us at (201) 581-3740 or fill out our contact form.

⚠️ Are you experiencing sewer issues in New Jersey and need a sewer line replacement specialist to provide you with a service or second opinion?

Contact BRUTE Contracting and you will be greeted by our owners, Daniel Radici or Uri Bussi. Daniel or Uri will listen to your sewer issues and provide you with the best option regarding your current situation and a free estimate for your sewer line replacement service.

If you qualify, you will be provided with a free sewer camera inspection so our team can assess the condition of the sewer line and provide you with an in-depth proposal regarding the scope of work and costs required to repair or replace the sewer line.