How to Keep Roots Out of Sewer Line

Trees usually brighten up a property, and they bring several benefits for homeowners. For one thing, they provide shade during the hot summer days, helping the house and its occupants stay cool and comfortable. They also add visual interest to the garden and give it a cozy and welcoming feel.

However, if you have a few trees on your property, you have to realize that they can also have a negative effect, particularly on your plumbing. Tree roots naturally seek areas that can provide them with nutrition. So, if your sewer lines have even just a hairline crack, the roots will head over to them since they’re attracted to the water and nutrients that seep out from the pipes. Ultimately, they’ll get into the crack and cause blocked pipes or even complete sewer line collapse. When either of these happen, you’ll most likely notice that your toilets and sinks no longer drain properly, and you might even see (and smell) waste water, and raw sewage backing up into your house.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for these scenarios to take place since you can do something to keep tree roots away from your pipes. Some of the steps you can take include:

1. Protecting Your Pipes

If you suspect that your pipes are prone to getting impaled by roots, you can opt to have them relined. This is particularly helpful if your pipes are old and can easily crumble under pressure. You can ask your plumber to thread a seamless plastic liner through the sewer line or install an inflatable liner in your pipes. Both of these will strengthen your pipes while sealing any cracks and leaks that might be present.

2. Using The Right Chemicals

Relining your pipes is helpful, but don’t rely too much on it. Remember: tree roots are tough and, sooner or later, they might be able to break through your pipes — even with their new linings.

Because of this, you need to find ways to stop tree roots from growing in your pipes’ direction. One thing you can do is to spread copper sulfate (aka rock salt) and potassium hydroxide on the ground where your sewer lines are located. These chemicals inhibit the growth of tree roots and discourage them from straying near your pipes.

3. Removing The Tree

There are times when you do everything you could to keep tree roots away but to no avail. So, if the roots keep on inching closer to your sewer lines, or if they’ve already caused blockages and other problems, it’s probably the right time to think about digging them up or even removing the entire invasive tree. It might harm your landscaping, but the hassle is worth it since you can avoid the costs and headaches brought about by clogged pipes or collapsed sewer lines.

4. Choosing The Right Plants

When landscaping your garden, make sure to pick plants that are pipe-friendly. Slow-growing plants are a great choice since it takes them lots of years before their roots can reach your pipes. Trees that have a small root ball are also a fantastic option since their roots will not reach out too far below the ground.

Take these steps now and prevent tree roots from wreaking havoc on your pipes and causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage!

Collapsed Sewer Line FAQs

Do you have a collapsed sewer line? If you do, what can you do to fix it? Read these FAQs to learn more.

What Is a Collapsed Sewer Line?

It’s the term for sewer lines that are damaged and can no longer be used. Your pipes aren’t just blocked; they’re now completely destroyed.

What Causes a Sewer Line To Collapse?

There are lots of reasons why collapsed sewer lines happen. Tree roots are some of the most common culprits since they grow through hairline cracks in the pipe and eventually push their way in. Once they do, they can create a hole that can enlarge over time and damage the line.

Misaligned pipes can also be a problem because they allow waste water to leech into the surrounding ground. The soil eventually becomes waterlogged, which can cause the entire line to collapse. Poor maintenance can likewise lead to pipe collapse since hair, grease, paper, and other debris can build up within the line. When this happens, waste water can no longer effectively drain through and will put pressure on the pipe, causing cracks, leaks, and later full-on damage.

If you live in an old house, you might find that the material of your pipes can pave the way to sewer line collapse. This comes from the fact that many older homes have Orangeburg pipes, which are made of tar-coated paper. These pipes became popular during World War II, during which metals were mainly used for weapons and weren’t easily available to civilians.

How Do You Diagnose a Collapsed Sewer Line?

A collapsed sewer line will usually give you clues about its presence. One of these clues is a slow drain, which isn’t really that helpful because it can also signify a simple clog in the line. You may also notice that waste water or even raw sewage is backing up into your home, bringing a putrid smell along with it. When the line has completely collapsed, you might observe that a part of your garden or backyard has become waterlogged or has a depression that wasn’t there before.

If you notice one or more of these clues, get in touch with your plumber ASAP. Using a video camera, he will inspect your sewer line to assess its condition and find out what’s causing the problem. (If it’s completely blocked, he’ll most likely use a rooter to clear the line of any debris and allow the video camera to pass through). The results of the inspection will let your plumber know how to best solve the problem.

How Can a Collapsed Sewer Line Be Fixed?

Depending on the condition of your sewer line, your plumber may recommend to do a relining. In this procedure, a new plastic pipe is pushed through your old pipe to seamlessly replace the damaged line without having to dig up your garden and destroy your landscaping.

If your sewer line is completely damaged, your plumber may recommend pipe bursting. This method requires the use of a pipe bursting head, which is pulled using hydraulics equipment to break the old pipe while pulling the new one into place.

Sewer Line Relining FAQs

Sewer lines, just like any other pipe or drain in properties need preventive maintenance. Over the years, however, sewer lines will need relining, especially if the house has been in existence for so many years. Here are some of the common questions asked by homeowners about sewer line relining:

Q: What is sewer line relining?

A: In general, relining can be done for both drains and sewers. It is a process to repair problems like leaking, broken and blocked pipes. This method is done by inserting a textile liner which is coated with resin on the damaged part. This material will harden to strengthen the inner pipe.

Q: How long will it take for a sewer relining project?

A: The length of time for the installation of sewer liner varies depending on the lining method to be used. Moreover, method relining to be used depends on the condition of your sewer. If inversion method is to be applied, this will usually take two days to complete while pull in place lining and point repairs will be completed in a day.

Q: How many years will my new sewer or drain liner last?

A: Sewer and drain liners can last for a long time. These liners have a life expectancy of over 75 years.

Q: Are there cases when sewers can’t be relined or repaired?

A: Almost any sewer pipe material can be relined. These materials can be clay rock, PVC and cast iron. However, it will be impossible to reline a sewer line if it has already collapsed.

Q: Can I still use my water right after a new sewer line is installed?

A: Yes, but you have to restrict water usage during the curing process of the liner. After curing, you can resume the normal use of water.

Q: What kind of lining material will be used for a sewer line?

A: Lining material is a resin saturated polyester felt tube with PVC coating. For a smooth seamless surface, the polyester tube will be inverted to make the outer PVC coating becomes the inside of the sewer. For point repairs, material used is a two ply fiberglass sheet. This is the material of choice because this is designed to restore your sewer line’s structural integrity and be impermeable to roots.

Q: If my sewer line is cured in place, is it strong?

A: Yes. In fact, there have been millions of linear feet of in place materials curing has been installed on a global scale. These lines have lasted for decades and have survived even under corrosive environment. Moreover, with the absence of excavation, costs have been reduced.

Q: In terms of trenchless relining, how much area will be affected to access the sewer line?

A: With the technique to be used, digging will be in a minimum. It can also start and stop at any area of the line to ensure cost of materials is reduced.

Q: I am an environment advocate. Is sewer line relining safe for the environment?

A: Yes. The seamless sewer pipe will protect your sewer line from exfiltration and infiltration.

Q: I have been advised by my neighbors and friends to hire a contractor if I plan to have my sewer line relined to protect the landscape of my home so I can try the trenchless sewer line repair. Is this true?

A: A trenchless sewer relining method is your best option since it is cost effective, convenient and can be completed the shortest time possible. By now, most sewer lines and pipes have existed for so many years and have not been spared from calcification and intrusion from tree roots. Although traditional method with excavation can be done to fix your sewer line, this method can be expensive and time consuming. This technique can also damage your landscape, patio and driveway. With trenchless sewer repair, however, it is faster and easier. This is an advanced technology to reline a damaged sewer line.

Q: Why can’t I just have my sewer line cleaned?

A: Whether for drain or sewer pipe lines, cleaning might not be enough because if you use an electric drain cleaning machine, this is not a permanent solution. Especially if the cause is a root that has infiltrated the line, using the machine will just prune the root. In time, the tree root will grow back. If this will be ignored, a time will come that roots will become so large that they will be strong enough to break the pipe. Consequently, excavation might only be the solution.

Q: Will I know if there is a problem?

A: It is not really possible to detect a problem right away unless water in your toilet does not flush and it overflows. However, with proper preventive maintenance, these problems will be minimized.

Q: Can the liner be inserted from only one access point?

A: Yes. Our liner can be inserted through an existing cleanout or from a small excavation to install a new cleanout. The liner is open on both ends so there is no need to access the other end of the liner with a cutter.

Q: Can the relining be done from anywhere in my sewer pipe?

A: Yes. Date will be collected at first, including the specific sizes of bladder and liner tubes so they can be cut accordingly. Afterwards, the liner will be inserted and will be placed inside the pipe at the specific location. The liner is then inverted within the lateral pipe anywhere in the sewer line.

Q: How will I know that the liner is installed correctly and fully inverted?

A: A pressurized camera port will be used to view the liner. This will ensure that the liner bladder is where it should be inside the sewer line. With the right measurements, advanced lining tubes and a camera port, proper placement of the liner is ensured.

Q: How can I be assured that enough epoxy resin is used for relining my sewer line?

A: A suction system called a vacuum source will be used. This will be attached at the end of the translucent bladder. It will suction all the air from the liner then draw the epoxy resin through. Since the liner is translucent, it will be easier to check of the liner is completely saturated with resin and no damaged area is left without resin.

Killing Roots in Sewer Line FAQs

Shrub and tree roots can grow inside the sewer line and if not removed, can cause clogging problems. Although cutting the roots that have infiltrated can be done, not all can be removed. Another solution is the use of tree root killing chemicals. Here are some of the most common questions and answer about solving the problem of tree roots in sewer lines:

Q: Is tree root infiltration a frequent problem for homeowners?

A: Yes. According to statistics, about 80% of plumbing emergencies result from blockages in the drains and sewer pipes and the culprits are tree roots.

Q: What type of households experience tree root damage in their sewer lines?

A: All homeowners and even public properties located in areas with trees, especially on streets with longstanding trees are potential victims of root infiltration in their drain and sewer pipes.

Q: Are root extracting chemicals better than cutting the roots manually?

A: There are times that not all roots are cleared when traditional cutting method is used to remove the blockage from the pipes. Chemicals for tree roots that have infiltrated the sewer lines prevent these roots from blocking, cracking and crushing sewer pipes.

Q: If my sewer line is blocked by tree roots, can I have an expert pour root killer chemicals right away?

A: No. Before any chemical is applied, there are certain steps to be followed. The first step is for the blocked drain to be cleared and checked using a drain camera. Then, the tree root that has been blocking the line needs to be cut with a drain cleaning machine. After the roots have re appeared in the sewer line, this is now the time for the chemicals to be applied.

Q: Will the chemical destroy the tree roots?

A: Yes. This is because the root killer contains herbicides will destroy the roots that the chemical encounters.

Q: Can I use this chemical in my toilet and flush to kill the tree roots?

A: No. This might lessen the strength of the chemical when it comes in contact with the copper sulphate products and caustic found in toilets.

Q: Why does it take almost two months after cutting the tree roots in my sewer line before I can use the root killer?

A: Once the tree roots are cut with a machine, the part that has been removed will cause the appearance of sap to heal the wound made from cutting. If chemical is applied during this time, the sap will counter react and will retard the intake of chemicals. If this happens, the process will not be effective.

Q: Are chemical used to kill roots in the sewer line harmful to the environment and the tree itself?

A: It is best to choose a chemical that is non caustic and non systemic. Also, it is only harmful to the tree roots that have infiltrated your sewer line and will only reach short distance.

Q: How long will it take for the root killing chemical to take effect?

A: Expect the chemical to take effect after an hour or two of application to your sewer line.

Q: Can I use the chemical in my washer pipe?

A: No. This chemical is only used for killing tree roots inside your sewer line and septic tank. Do not use it for other applications other than what is written on the label.

Snaking a Sewer Line FAQs

Q: Can I use a snake to remove the clog even it is coming from my basement?

A: If the problem is just a partial blockage, you can try to use a plumber’s snake with a spade tip. This might be a clog between your basement floor drain and the line going to the city sewer. Also, snaking your sewer line is just one of your options.

Q: The sewer line cleaning company I talked to recommended that I have my clog inspected with a camera. I know this will be extra expense on my part. Should I let them go ahead with it?

A: Clogged sewer systems can be caused by many factors. There are times companies use cameras to check the extent of the problem. However, it is best to be wary of companies that tell you they have to use a camera before even trying to use a plumber’s snake to clear the clog.

Q: My neighbor said that I should have my main sewer line be snaked several times a year as part of preventive maintenance even if it is not clogged? Is this true?

A: This really depends on your preference and the condition of your sewer line. If you have experienced backed ups as often as once every other year, you can opt for cleaning your line. If you have an old plumbing system, say, over 30 years and has not experienced any clogging problem, it is also wise to have it snaked to prevent future clogging problems. However, if you are not experiencing any problems and still want to have your line cleaned once a year, you can do so but this is not necessary.

Q: I just had my sewer line snaked. How long will it take the roots to grow back?

A: To answer this question, there are several factors to consider: the time of year since roots are slow to grow during cold months, quality of cleaning work and thickness of root infiltration. If roots cause the problem and the cleaning company was able to remove them by snaking the roots thoroughly, it might take another two years for these roots to grow back.

Q: What can do to remove the blockage from my sewer line?

A: Normally, tree roots that have infiltrated the pipe cause the blockage of your sewer line. You can ask a professional plumber to snake your sewer line and clear the roots. However, if these roots have infiltrated your line extensively, you might need to have your sewer line replaced.

Q: How can I clear my sewer line if the clog has originated from the main line?

A: If the clog is coming from your main sewer line, a sewer drain snake can be used to solve the problem. It will be able to find and break the clog. Once the clog is removed, waste and water can now freely drain out to your sewer line.

Q: The plumber has already snaked my main sewer line but he was not able to remove the blockage. He is suggesting that I have my sewer line replaced. Is this correct?

A: Snaking your sewer line every two years as preventive maintenance is less expensive than digging and replacing your sewer pipe lines. You might want to ask for a second opinion from another plumbing contractor. If your sewer has been backing up more than once each year and has become a persistent problem, digging and replacement of sewer pipes might be worth it.

Grease Buildup in Sewer Line FAQs

Q: What is FOG?
A: FOG refers to “Fats, Oil and Grease” which can build up in your kitchen drain or garage. It is a result of food processes like preparation and cooking. It can also come from machine lubricants dumped into floor drains.

Q: Is it alright to pour grease on my house drains?
A: No, it is not recommended because it will cause grease buildup in your sewer line.

Q: Can I mix hot water with grease?
A: No. The practice of some people to mix grease with hot water is not recommended. Albeit this may not block your sewer line but it can result to a buildup in your lateral line..

Q: Where does grease in the sewer line come from?
A: Grease build up in the sewer line is caused by improper disposal of oil, fats and grease and can lead to sewer back up and worse, damage to the property if neglected.

Q: What food products have fats, oil, and grease?
A: These can come from food scraps, dairy products, meat fats, cooking oils, baked goods, lard, grain, marinades, sauces and shortening. If they pass through the garbage or sanitary disposal, they can add to the buildup.

Q: How will I dispose of used cooking oil?
A: To dispose of cooking oil, place it inside a plastic container with a cap and label to prepare it for garbage collection.

Q: What is a grease interceptor?
A: A grease interceptor, also known as a grease trap, is a device used by plumbers to collect grease and keep it from going down the drain. It should be installed by a licensed plumber.

Q: Is it okay to dump car oil on the sanitary drain system?
A: No. This is not advisable because it can lead to failure of the filtration system. If this happens, it needs to be cleaned and replaced, which can be very expensive.

Q: Can I dispose of grease in the shower or dishwasher instead?
A: No. Wastewater from toilets, kitchen sinks, dishwashers and showers is connected to your sewer pipe. If wastewater has grease on it, it will still go to the sewer line and can result to buildup.

Q: How can grease lead to sewer blockage?
A: Grease, along with oil, fat and grit can result to buildup as it solidifies after being poured into the drain. Overtime, the buildup sticks to the sewer line and can restrict the flow of wastewater.

Q: What types of problems can result if grease blocks the sewer line?
A: If grease gets into your sewer system, septic sewage can backup into your home and can cause standing water and slow water draining.

Q: Are there ways to remove grease in my drain I can do myself?
A: Yes. You can use baking soda and pour it in your day once a month. It is slightly caustic and effective to remove grease buildup in your drain. You can also add white vinegar to the baking soda to make it more effective. Washing soda can also be used. Just pour a cup of washing soda and let it sit for an hour.

Hydro Jetting Sewer Lines FAQs

Like many homeowners, you’ve probably heard of hydro jetting and are curious if it’s the right solution for your plumbing system or not. To learn more about this process, check out the FAQs below:

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting is the process of using high-pressure water to remove clogs, sludge, tree roots, and other things that may be blocking sewer lines. Ordinary water is used, but special equipment is needed to create the high pressure. Flexible hoses and modern pumps should be on hand as well as a nozzle that has specially designed forward and reverse jets. This setup is capable of dispensing jets of water at around 3,000 to 4,000 psi (or even beyond), which is more powerful than firehoses but is just enough to give your pipes a thorough cleaning.

Who Does Hydro Jetting?

Many companies offer rental hydro jetting equipment, so you can always rent one and use it at home. But take note that the hydro jetting process requires skill and precision since one wrong move can easily damage your pipes. So, if you’re not confident of your abilities or don’t have the time to learn how to properly handle the machine, it’s always better to get the help of a professional. There are many firms that offer hydro jetting services, so the only thing you should do is to choose one that offers high-quality services at reasonable rates.

How Does Hydro Jetting Work?

Usually, your plumbing company will first inspect your sewer line using a video camera. This way, they can assess the level and causes of blockage in the pipe and use this information to decide which type of nozzle and what amount of water pressure to use.

After the assessment, your plumber will slowly thread the hose through the sewer line as the nozzle cleans the areas along its path. Special attention is paid to problem areas (such as spots with large amounts of sludge or pipes where clogs have attached themselves). Once the pipes are clean, your plumber will again perform a video camera inspection to know if the sewer line is free from blockages and debris and is no longer clogged.

What Are The Benefits That Hydro Jetting Provides?

Hydro jetting can help you enjoy the following benefits:

Cleaner Pipes:
The nature of rooters allow them to punch a hole through the blockage, which is effective when the clog is minimal but not so efficient if the sewer line is full to the brim of sludge and other debris. Hydro jetting, however, scours and scrubs grease and grime from your pipes and flushes them through the system until they reach the bigger main sewer pipe. As a result, your lines will become free from buildup and be able to drain effectively.

Lower Costs:
Since hydro jetting completely cleans your pipes and clears them of sludge and grease, it will take a long time before blockages can form. As a result, you won’t need to call your plumber every now and then, and you can save on call-out charges and labor fees.

How to Use a Sewer Snake

If your plumbing system has a clog and you decide to fix it yourself, you’ll most likely need to use a sewer snake. This tool is a favorite of many DIY enthusiasts and even professional plumbers because it’s handy and highly effective in removing blockages. If you want to learn more about this humble tool, this guide is for you.

What Is a Sewer Snake?

A sewer snake is a tool that consists of a coiled spiral piece of metal (usually steel) that’s about a quarter of an inch thick and is attached to a handle. The metal looks like a snake, which is how it got its name. It’s used to break blockages apart and make them easier to flush through the pipes, and it can also be used to pull clogs up the drain so they’ll no longer cause obstructions.

Sewer snakes are also called augers, and they’re available in several types. One is the cable auger (aka plumber’s snake), which has several feet of snake around a spool with a hand crank. Another type is the closet auger, which uses a shaft instead of a spool to hold the coiled metal. It has a bent tip at the end that lets it fit through the toilet trap (a curved pipe that leads from the bowl to the drain pipe). Still another type of auger is the electric-powered model, which is meant for larger clogs or for those that are located far away from your sink, drain, or toilet.

The electric-powered auger is targeted to professional plumbers and is usually expensive, but you can rent it from your local hardware store. However, for ordinary clogs, you may find that a cable or closet auger is enough.

When Should I Use It?

If you have tried using a plunger on a clogged drain, sink, or toilet but to no avail, you’ll most likely have to use a sewer snake. Small clogs can easily be removed by a plunger, which creates a type of vacuum that dislodges clogs and clears the pipe. However, for stubborn blockages that don’t easily break loose, or for those that are located several inches or feet down the pipe, you’ll definitely need to have a sewer snake on hand.

How Do I Use It?

To use a cable auger, take the following steps:

1. Align the end of the snake into the drain and push it inside. Turn the hand crank so the snake goes down the pipe.

2. Keep turning the handle until you feel that the snake has reached an obstruction. Once it does, rotate the snake so it attaches itself to the clog.

3. Keep on rotating the snake so it breaks the blockage apart.

4. If you feel that the snake has encountered a solid object and can’t break it apart, turn the hand crank to pull up the snake. It will probably bring up the clog along with it.

5. If you feel that the snake has chopped up the clog, or if the clog was attached to the snake when you pulled it up, flush water down the drain. See if it drains properly; if it doesn’t, repeat steps 1 to 4 until the clog is removed.

To use a closet auger, take these steps:
1. Place the end of the snake into the toilet bowl. Remember to keep the tip up so it will fit through the trap.

2. Turn the hand crank to release the snake. Make sure to keep the auger’s shaft steady.

3. Keep on cranking to release the entire length of the cable, which is around three feet or so.

4. Once you’ve released the entire length of the snake, pull it back up by turning the hand crank and pulling the shaft at the same time.

5. Flush the toilet to see if it’s still clogged or not. If it still doesn’t flush correctly, repeat steps 1 to 4 until your toilet flushes freely.

What Should I Remember When Using a Sewer Snake?

You’ll most likely have to deal with dirty water (among other gross things) when using a sewer snake. If the blockage is caused by a toy, toothbrush, or any other solid object, you may also have to pick it up to remove it from your drain or toilet.

Because of these, you have to make several preparations to protect yourself from contamination. Before removing the clog, put on rubber gloves (to safeguard your hands) and a pair of goggles (to protect your eyes from splashes of dirty water). If you have long hair, make sure to tie it back so you won’t have to keep on brushing it away from your eyes. Don’t forget to wear work clothes so you can move around freely and you won’t ruin a good outfit with dirty water.

If you don’t yet have a cable or closet auger at home, just make a quick run to the local hardware store to buy one. If you’re planning to rent an electric-powered auger, ask the rental agent to demonstrate how to use it properly. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have in mind.

One important thing to remember: if you’ve done everything you could but your sewer snake still can’t dislodge the clog, it’s time to get the help of a professional plumber. Don’t attempt to disassemble the pipes unless you know what you’re doing; if you do so, you might end up with a bigger problem than a clog. Professional plumbers have the skills, experience, and equipment to deal with blockages and other problems, so don’t hesitate to give them a call.

Final Note

Most clogs are avoidable. So, to ensure that you won’t have to use a sewer snake every now and then, take the right steps to prevent clogs from forming. Use a sink strainer to prevent objects from entering the drain, and don’t pour oil (which can harden and form blockages) down your sink. As much as possible, avoid flushing tissues and sanitary napkins down your toilet to keep it from clogging.

How to Fix a Broken Sewer Pipe

A broken sewer pipe problem can stem from a variety of causes, from a simple clogged line to a damaged pipe. Although some of these concerns might be addressed by calling a plumber, there are sewer pipe issues that can be solved on your own. First, you have to know the signs that something is not right with your sewer line. Are you having musky or unpleasant odor in the house or noticing weak water pressure or flow when taking a shower? These are some tell-tale signs your sewer line might be damaged or has a leak and work must be done. If you think this is a job you can use your handy skills on, here are some tips to help you out.

1. Locate The Broken Sewer Pipe.

You can manually inspect the line in your home and check for leaks in your pipe line. If there is no evident leak from the inside, you can check the pipe just outside your home so long as it has not reached the city sewer outside your property. If there is water accumulating in a certain part of your lawn where the line located, chances are there is a leak caused by a broken pipe. You can use a shovel to dig the soil and exposed the pipe. In cases where there is concrete slab, a jack hammer will come in handy.

2. Clean And Repair The Pipe.

If the problem is simple clogging, a plumber’s snake is what you need to fix it. By snaking through the pipe, you can push the gunk and solid materials that have built up to clear the drain pipe. Remember to wear rubber gloves as you might also be using your hands to remove debris and dirt to give you a better view of the pipe. After the clog has been removed, you can now put back the soil and apply cement for the concrete slab you have removed. On the other hand, if the solution is to seal the leak, a pipe sealant is what you need. It is available in any home improvement store or the local hardware and is not expensive. You might also want to wait overnight before covering the pipe and close the water line that will pass through this pipe to ensure the seal will be dry in the morning.

3. Replace The Pipe If Needed.

If the problem requires more than just clearing the clog, replacing a portion of the pipe can be the best solution. Depending on the pipe material, you will have to cut the damaged pipe and replace it with a new one. You can use PVC, which is more common now and is easily replaceable. However, if you are living in an older house, your home’s sewer line might be made of steel or galvanized material. In any case, see to it that you have rubber or metal couplings with a steel band to connect the old pipe to the new one.

Fixing a broken sewer is easy if this is just a simple problem. Why pay for more all you need to do is clear the clogging or replacing a part of the sewer line. Of course, if you know the work will be too much for you to handle and will need an expert to get it done, you can always do so.

How to Cut Cast Iron Sewer Pipe

If you live in an old house, most of your sewage system is probably composed of cast-iron sewer pipcs. This isn’t really a problem — until your pipes become rusted or damaged and need to be replaced. Fortunately, if you’re handy with tools, you don’t have to worry since there are several equipment you can use to cut these pipes and prepare them for replacement. Some of these include:

1. Hacksaws

If you have a good, old-fashioned hacksaw, you can use it to cut your cast-iron pipes. But keep this in mind: using this tool requires you to exert maximum effort and can result to a lot of hard work. It also takes a substantial amount of time, especially if you have several pipes to cut. So, unless you have plenty of hours and energy to spare, it’s probably best not to use this tool.

2. Reciprocating Saws

Reciprocating saws make cutting cast-iron pipes a breeze so, if you have one, make sure to use it. Before doing anything else, though, install a long cutting blade into your saw. Choose either a diamond grit blade or a carbide grit one to ensure it will easily cut through your pipes; both of these products can be easily found in large hardware stores.

Once you’ve installed the blade, take your pipe and mark the portion that you need to cut with a piece of chalk. Since this will be your guide when cutting with your saw, make sure the mark is straight so you’ll end up with a pipe with smooth edges. Once you’re done, take your reciprocating saw, set it at the lowest speed, and follow the chalk line to cut your pipe.

3. Circular Saws

Like reciprocating saws, circular saws let you cut cast-iron sewer pipes in a quick and less stressful way. However, don’t just use any kind of blade with your saw; instead, look for a diamond blade that’s specially designed to cut through cast-iron items. By using this, you can make a clean cut and ensure your pipe will have smooth edges.

4. Snap Cutters

This is probably the best tool to use for cutting cast-iron pipes since it lets you do the job in a relatively quick and easy way and create smooth, even edges. Unfortunately, snap cutters can be on the pricey side so, if your budget is limited and/or you don’t see yourself using the tool again in the future, it’s better to rent one from a reputable dealer.

Snap cutters essentially look like scissors with a roller chain in place of blades and a ratchet for a handle. Place the chain around the pipe and apply pressure on the ratchet to cut the pipe.

These are some of the tools you can use to cut your old cast-iron sewer pipes. Whichever you choose, make sure to use it carefully to avoid injuries. Also, remember that cast-iron is a heavy material, so handle it with care. To avoid injuries, it’s best to have another person assist you during the process and to use clamps to support the pipe and keep it steady as you cut it.