We specialize in Sewer and Drain Line repair and replacement.
Potential signs/symptoms of compromised drain lines under the foundation include (but not limited to):
- Slow/clogged drains repeatedly.
- Gurgle sounds coming from toilets, sinks or tub/shower?
- Cracks in sheetrock inside of home.
Video Camera Inspection
The fiber optic video camera is used to visually inspect and evaluate the interior condition of the drain lines.
- Corroded cast iron drain lines
- Line separation
- Tree root infiltration
- Sections with back fall, “bellies”
A hydrostatic test is performed to determine if the drain system under the slab has been compromised.
We would begin the testing process by placing a rubber test ball in an accessible exterior clean-out to block the sewer line. A commode on the first floor is removed. The drain lines are then filled with water (no additional pressure is placed on the drain system). A constant drop in water level would indicate a leak or multiple leaks on the drain system.
Pin-Point Static Test
A pin-point static test would then be recommended to identify the location of the leak or leaks on the drain system. Note-We do not recommend pin-point static test on cast iron drain systems.
Repair & Replacement
To repair or replace a drain line, the plumber would discuss options with the customer, either to tunnel under the foundation or to remove concrete from the interior of the home. Decisions should be made on what is most cost effective and least invasive. Every job is approached with the homeowner’s best interest in mind.
An independent certified engineer is contracted to review the project once the excavation has begun and prior to all of the soil or concrete being replaced. Steve’s Plumbing Repair, Inc. will ensure the project is completed in accordance to the Uniform Plumbing Code and to the municipalities’ specifications.
How long does a Drain Line Replacement project like this take?
- The time is dependent on the amount of excavation that is required. Turnkey on a house with two bathrooms, kitchen sink & washing machine is usually 2 weeks. Time can vary depending on weather.
Can I stay in the house during the project?
- Yes, the project will be completed in several stages. First, excavation will be completed by hand to remove all soil for access to existing drain lines. Next, the existing drain lines will be removed in sections so no customer is left without service over night. After the inspection process, soil will be replaced and compacted with a pneumatic tamping device. Final stage is to clean up and haul off debris.
Will the water be turned off?
- No, water will remain on to the house unless plumber discusses otherwise with customer.