Sewer Jetting vs. Sewer Replacement.

house sewer replacement

If you’re experiencing recurring issues with roots infiltrating your sewer pipe, it’s a sign of potential structural problems that may warrant consideration for pipe replacement. Here are some indicators to help determine when it might be time to replace your sewer pipes:

  1. Frequency of blockages: If you find yourself needing to clear out roots or blockages frequently, it could indicate that the pipes are severely damaged or compromised. Frequent blockages despite regular maintenance may suggest the need for replacement.

  2. Persistent issues: If the roots consistently invade the pipe, causing recurring blockages even after cleaning, it might indicate that the pipes are in poor condition and are unable to withstand the root intrusion.

  3. Age of the pipes: The age of your sewer pipes is an important factor. Older pipes made of materials like clay, cast iron, or Orangeburg (bituminous fiber pipe) tend to degrade over time, becoming more susceptible to root infiltration and damage.

  4. Structural integrity: If the pipes have extensive cracks, fractures, or collapses due to root intrusion or other factors, repairing them might become less effective or costlier than replacing the entire system.

  5. Professional assessment: Consider having a professional plumber or a sewer specialist inspect the pipes. They can use video cameras to assess the condition of the pipes internally, identifying any damage or deterioration that may require replacement.

  6. Cost comparison: Evaluate the costs associated with frequent repairs versus the cost of replacing the pipes. Sometimes, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to opt for replacement rather than constantly repairing the pipes.

Keep in mind that every situation is unique, and decisions regarding pipe replacement should be made after careful evaluation by a qualified professional. They can provide insights based on the specific conditions of your sewer pipes and recommend the best course of action to address the issue effectively.