Sewer Repair In Lafayette, IN
A broken sewer pipeline can be one of the worst experiences that a person will ever face as a property owner. Just the thought of raw sewage and wastewater entering into your home, place of business, or investment property makes most of us want to run for the hills. Unfortunately numerous residential, commercial, and industrial real estate owners will need to deal with just that in the near future. This holds especially true if your property is over forty years old. Prior to the more recent use of heavy duty plastic PVC, sewer pipes were manufactured out of cast iron and then a clay tile material.
Cast iron sewer pipes rusts when exposed to water. Eventually the rust spots turn into rotten spots, which in turn weaken the structural integrity of the sewer pipeline. Sewer pipe manufacturers replaced cast iron with a clay tile material. Although clay sewer pipelines do not rust or rot when exposed to water it does easily chip, crack, and break. Since the Earth is in a constant state of movement anything that is buried underground tends to shift. This certainly is not a favorable condition for sewer pipes that are made out of clay.
Plastic PVC has become the sewer pipe material of choice because it does not rust, rot, chip, crack, or break when buried underground. The material is waterproof and flexible enough that it can easily handle the Earth’s movements. It is also structurally sound. However, pre-manufactured Plastic PVC sewer pipes are best utilized in new construction applications. In order to install them in a sewer repair situation a plumbing contractor must first expose the existing pipe by digging a large trench along the length of the sewer pipeline.
The trench destroys any landscaping and or hardscaping in its path. If you hire a plumbing company that still uses the traditional excavation method of sewer repair in Lafayette, Indiana than plan on having extensive yard work done as well. Sewer pipelines happen to run under lawns, sidewalks, walkways, patios, driveways, and parking lots to name a few. Fortunately there is an approach that incorporates the use of advanced plumbing technology instead of a large and destructive trench.