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Sewer Replacement in Los Angeles

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As a homeowner, chances are you know you have to maintain certain appliances in your home, like a water heater, a furnace, even an air conditioner. What you may not realize, however, is how important it is to do the same for your sewer main.

In fact, you probably don’t even think about your sewer main at all, since it stays hidden deep underground and just works day after day to keep your home’s plumbing system running. Because of this fact, we often see many sewer mains that are poorly maintained and that exist in various states of disrepair. In many cases, homeowners don’t think about their main until there is a serious problem – like a sewer line clog.

How Do We Know Your Main Line Needs Replacement?

Sewer mains should not be backing up more than once a year. If you find you are constantly calling in professionals to clear out the line, it’s probably worth the time and money to simply have the problem area dug up and the line entirely replaced.

  1. Roots are a common pipe blockage problem, that often make replacement necessary. It sounds strange but, roots are attracted to what is in your sewer line – water, nutrients and oxygen. Since trees need those three things to grow, they make their way into the line and expand, eventually clogging your sewer pipes.These are a difficult problem to deal with, but we will handle it!
  2. In fact, almost all sewer main replacements are tough because they run entirely underground, often below gardens, lawns, driveways, or patios. Your yard or driveway may need to be excavated to even access the sewer main and begin the replacement process.
  3. It is unfortunate that it may need to come to that, but rest assured that our sewer replacement team will perform the necessary work as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

Slip Lining

Trust us when we say that we won’t choose the excavation and replacement option unless it’s completely necessary. If we find that your line will get by with a repair, we’ll use a technique called slip lining.

Slip lining is a trenchless (non-invasive) method of sewer repair by which a new sewer line is installed inside the existing one.

  1. Slip lining – a fairly inexpensive repair method – is completed by installing a smaller “carrier pipe” into a larger “host pipe,” grouting the annular space between the two pipes, and sealing the ends.
  2. When at all possible,we rely on trenchless techniques like slip lining to help keep the sewer line replacement cost down by reducing the amount of excavation necessary.

Vent Stack Repair/Replacement

A vent stack is used to filter gasses away from a home or business, and is crucial to your indoor plumbing system. It normally runs inside of the walls of a structure and exits out of the roof.

In order for the plumbing in your home to drain properly, there must be a supply of air entering into the system. A vent stack is used to create an air supply to give the drains and toilets a smooth operation. Without a vent stack, flushing a toilet or pulling the plug on a drain would be a messy experience.

Because air enters the system through a vent stack, the fluids can drain smoothly and quickly. At the building drain system’s lowest point, the drain-waste vent is attached and rises up and out of the roof. Waste is removed from the building drain and taken to the sewer main.

Vent stacks are normally pretty maintenance free, but that doesn’t mean problems can’t arise. And when you have a vent stack issue, your plumbing is pretty significantly disturbed.

How Do We Know Your Vent Stack Needs Repair or Replacement?

If your drains are gurgling or emitting sewer gas odors (that can be dangerous!), you’re definitely going to need a repair or replacement of your vent stack.

A Few Things You Should Know About the Process

  1. Even though the diagnosis is simple, the actual work to repair/replace it is not at all. That’s why it’s crucial you hire a professional to perform this job.
  2. Cast iron stack pipes that are unsupported can come crashing down if they are cut without proper supports. Service weight cast iron can be really difficult to penetrate without the proper tools and equipment. If drain and vent piping is incorrectly piped, it can cause damage to the existing piping system, resulting in gurgling fixture drains, improper trap function, and clogging or backups.

 

If your sewer line is constantly backing up, it’s time to call in our team of replacement experts. Call The Twin Plumbers today!

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