The drain line coming out of your home can be damaged in many different ways and require a drain line repair company or sewer company to fix it correctly. The drain line repair service you use may need to replace the line entirely or be able to repair a section of the line, but the line will need to be inspected to determine the extent of the damage.
Drain Line Damage
Damage most commonly occurs on the drain line outside your home. Often the line is crushed by the weight of a vehicle that drives over it or by tree roots and other plants that infiltrate the line, looking for a water source. Roots can break the pipe or cause a blockage that makes the line nearly inoperable.
The damage to the drain line is often not noticeable at first, but over time you may start to notice the drains in the home not working effectively or the ground getting wet in the yard near the drain line. It is vital that as soon as you notice a problem, you call a drain line repair service to come and inspect the line.
Inspecting the Drain Line
Some drain line repair service companies can inspect the line for you using a camera system that allows them to look in the pipe without having to dig up your yard. A fiber-optic camera is inserted into the drain line at the sewer cleanout, and as the plumber advances the camera, they can watch a small monitor that allows them to see any damage to the line or any roots that have grown into the pipe.
Using a camera system allows the drain line repair company to pinpoint the area where the damage is and only dig up a small section of the yard to make the repairs. If there is a lot of damage to the line, they may still need to replace the entire line, but the inspection will give them all the information required to determine the best option to repair your drain line.
Drain Line Repair
Once the drain line repair service has a clear idea of the damage to the line, they will excavate the area around the damage so they can replace the section of the pipe affected. In some cases, that means digging up the entire line and replacing it from the house to the sewer system.