Collapsed Sewer Line
Collapsed sewer lines are commonly the end result of several types of untreated sewer line problems. Tree root incursion, offset pipe joints, and aging orangeberg pipe – if left untreated – lead to the loss of structural integrity of the sewer pipe which eventually leads to the soil above collapsing into the line and completely blocking the flow of wastewater. Once a pipe has collapsed, either repair or replacement is typically needed to restore flow.
Why Do Drains Back Up?
Tree Root Incursion Weakens Pipe Wall
Tree roots seeking out water are attracted to the available moisture in the sewer line and grow into the pipe through joints. As the roots grow they weaken the joint allowing wastewater to escape and erode the soil around the pipe creating a belly that results in collapse.
Offset & Misaligned Pipes
Similar in effect to tree roots, offset or misaligned joints allow wastewater to escape which erodes soil around the pipe eventually leading to collapse.
Aging Orangeberg Pipe
Orangeberg pipe is a compressed tar paper pipe which was manufactured during WWII as metal was diverted towards the war effort. After decades of use, these tar paper pipes degrade from the constant moisture causing the pipe walls to weaken and collapse.
Collapsed Pipe Repair Procedure & Options
Step 1: Get Your Sewer Flowing & Diagnose The Cause
Rooter & Drain Cleaning
Getting your waste water flowing again is the first priority. While rooter service is only a temporary fix aimed at the symptom – not the cause – our technicians will clear the line (if necessary) in order to get waste water flowing and prepare the line for video inspection.
After the line has been cleared so that it is visible, the next critical step is to visually inspect the length of the sewer line with a video camera inspection. With a visual inspection, technicians can then accurately diagnose the situation and come up with options that fit the issue.
Step 2: Get Multiple Options To Permanently Solve The Issue
Hydrojet Drain Cleaning
Hydrojetting is a more permanent solution than rooter service. Instead of punching a hole through a blockage to get waste water flowing, hydrojet cleaning uses high pressure water jets to scour the inside of the line to remove grease buildup and even tree roots for a longer lasting effect.
Pipe lining is a process of creating a new seamless plastic pipe within the old pipe. The process can be applied to completely replace the line or for spot repairs of problem sections – all without the expense and damage of conventional trenching methods. Because the new pipe is seamless high grade epoxy, weak joints are eliminated leading to a permanent solution.
Collapsed and offset pipes can be a result of ground shifting or poor installation. However, the majority of collapsed pipes are the consequence of untreated bellies in the line or tree root incursion. As roots degrade the pipe structure or soil erosion around the joints of the pipe progress, sewer lines eventually loose structural integrity and become permanently disabled.Another cause of catastrophic failure are sewer lines made of Orangeberg pipe. Orangeberg pipe is essentially compressed tar paper which eventually looses integrity with constant exposure to moisture and collapses.