Trenchless Sewer Line Repair & Replacement in Atlanta, GA

Sewer lines are vital for the smooth functioning of a home or business plumbing system, but most people don’t really think about their sewer plumbing until it starts experiencing issues that may require repairing or replacing the sewer pipes.

Since sewer pipes are located underground, sewer problems are not always obvious or easy to identify. However, there are some warning signs that can help you identify issues with you sewer lines before they become more serious. If you have multiple plumbing fixtures clogging at the same time, sewage gas smell in your yard or in your property, and gurgling noises in your toilet, you probably have a damaged or faulty sewer line.

If your sewer system is giving you problems, it is not something you should just put off until a later time. Zippy Plumber's qualified professionals can perform a thorough inspection of your sewer pipes to determine the cause of the problem, where the trouble area is located, and recommend the best options to resolve the issue.

There are a variety of methods to fix a sewer line. Our licensed master plumbers have the required training and skills to provide you with the service best suited to the scope of your project, including trenchless repair and replacement technologies, like pipe bursting, pipe lining and sewer pipe coating, or "open cut" trenching repair when trenchless is not possible.


Sewer Line Repair and Replacement Options

There are several different techniques that can be used to repair your sewer pipes. But before choosing a specific repair solution, it is important to understand the type of sewer problem you are having. This is why we like to start our work process with a through sewer lateral video inspection. Using video camera we can determine exactly what the issues may be, and whether trenchless sewer pipe repair is a viable option for your particular situation.

The type and extent of damage to the sewer pipe will influence which method should be used. In some cases, trenchless sewer repair methods like sewer relining can offer a faster, less intrusive alternative to sewer excavation. However, depending on the severity of the sewer damage, and where it is located, trenching repair or excavation could be the only effective option.


Trenchless Sewer Repair

This is a type of sewer repair that allows the rehabilitation or replacement of buried sewers systems without the need to excavate. It uses a system of cameras and pipes to repair or replace your sewer pipes while they are still underground, with no service interruption, and minimal disruption to your yard, driveway, side walk, and street. That is the main reason why trenchless repair has become so popular, as it is a faster and less disruptive alternative to traditional sewer pipe repair.

What Types of Problems Require Trenchless Pipe Repair?

We recommend trenchless sewer repair or replacement when the pipes are relatively in good shape, and it's not too late to rehabilitate them.

Since trenchless methods typically involves installing a new lining or a new pipe into a damaged area, if the walls of your plumbing pipes are too damaged and there’s more than just a few small sections of damage, they may not be able to withstand the preparation process that trenchless repair requires.


"Open Cut" or Trench Excavation

This is the traditional and most commonly used method for sewer lateral repair or replacement. It involves digging a trench to access the damaged portion of the sewer line directly to replace each piece of the pipe with new ones. Once the old pipe is replaced, the trench is backfilled.

If the underground pipe is located under non ‐ pavement areas such as a front or back yard, excavation is usually the least expensive method.

When Is Traditional Trenching a Good Option?

If it is determined that the pipe damage is too severe, the only option is usually digging to reach the entire affected section of pipe. For example, if your sewer lateral is completely collapsed, has a severe break with jagged pieces, extensive erosion, or severe offsets, then the most efficient and safest option is excavation. Also, excessively old or corroded pipes typically require traditional pipe replacement methods.

You Are Responsible for Your Sewer Lines

In Atlanta GA, any issue that can arise anywhere from the connection to the city sewer main all the way up to your property's drains and plumbing fixtures, is the home or business owner's responsibility. This means that you are responsible to keep your property’s service laterals in good working order and handle repairs or replacement when needed. Many people are not aware of this fact.

However, you should always try to determine whether the problem originated in your property or on the side of the public utility. If the public utility specialist finds that the problem lies within private sewage pipes, call in a professional plumber immediately. Only bonded, licensed sewer contractors are qualified to repair a sewer line.

Trenchless Sewer Services

Depending on the condition of your pipe, sewer pipe lining is a very fast and effective way to rehabilitate your damaged pipeline. Pipe Lining can repair problems such as cracks in the sewer line, holes, corrosion, root intrusion, severe overflow of sewage, and small breaks. It can be used for pipes that are made from cast iron, PVC, or HDPE.

Trenchless sewer lining repair involves using special equipment that applies air pressure to force an epoxy lining compound from one small access point through the entire length of your old sewer line. The compound adheres to the inside of the copper, galvanized, or plastic pipe to seal holes or fractures. Once dry, the epoxy forms a thin lining on the inner wall of the pipe.

The kind of epoxy used depends on the original pipe material. There are PVC lining systems and pipe lining compound for metal.

Like its name suggests, pipe bursting will "burst" apart the old worn out sewer pipe while simultaneously pulls a brand-new pipe in its place. The result is a brand new seamless sewer line that is highly resistant to root intrusion, water infiltration and rated to last for 50+ years. It requires digging two small access holes at each end of the existing sewer line, and it’s generally used when longer portions of sewer lines need to be replaced.

This trenchless replacement technology is recommended for laterals with a length longer than 15 feet, that are distorted, have sustained heavy damage, or have otherwise undergone serious loss.

Pipe Coating or sectional patch is one of the best option for sewer pipe repairs, and most cost-effective alternative compared to other trenchless methods.

This technique uses epoxy to fix holes, cracks, and damage from roots in sewer line while also preserving the pipe’s interior. It can be applied internally by entering through a clean out, as well as externally. If the coating is applied internally, the SCS System is able to slide through the pipe, maneuver around 90 degree turns and through.

One of the limitations of this method is that it is not possible to rehabilitate large cracks with consistent filling for long pipes.

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Fulton County

  • Atlanta
  • Buckhead
  • Midtown
  • Sandy Springs
  • Ansley Park
  • Virginia-Highland
  • Alpharetta
  • Johns Creek
  • Roswell

Cobb County

  • Acworth
  • Kennesaw
  • Marietta
  • Powder Springs
  • Smyrna
  • Vinings

Dekalb County

  • Tucker
  • Dunwoody
  • Druid Hills
  • North Druid Hills
  • Brookhaven
  • Avondale Estates
  • Chamblee
  • Decatur
  • Clarkston
  • Doraville

Gwinnett County

  • Berkeley Lake
  • Duluth
  • Norcross
  • Peachtree Corners

Cherokee Cty

  • Holly Springs
  • Canton
  • Woodstock

Forsyth County

  • Cumming

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