Has a sewer contractor in Cerritos told you you need sewer line repair because you have a bellied pipe? Chances are that the contractor found the problem while performing a sewer camera inspection or when responding to a service call for a clogged drain.

At Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic, we can’t stress enough how important it is to fix sewer pipe problems. Fixing problems not only cuts down on clogs, but taking care of issues in the line prevents flooding and raw sewage on your property.

Keep reading to learn more about what causes bellies in sewer pipes and your sewer line repair options!

What Causes a Bellies Sewer Line?

When a pipe sags and it holds water, we call this a belly. The water inside the pipe can’t move forward or backward. Not only does this pocket of water create drainage problems, it also puts pressure on the pipe causing cracks to develop. Once this damage happens to the pipe, water leaks out and starts pooling around the it.

How Do I Know If I Have a Bellied Pipe?

The most obvious sign of bellied pipes is frequent clogs because it hinders water flow. Are you having difficulty with slow drains or stopped up drains? If so, you could have this problem. Some property owners don’t have any noticeable issues at first, and the belly is found during an annual camera inspection.

What Causes a Pipe to Sag?

Many sagging pipes happen because of geological events such as soil erosion or earthquakes. In cases like these, the problem often happens over time, which is why it is important for property owners to make a note of any unusual changes in water flow. Buildings or residential properties that seem to always need drain cleaning services should have their sewer pipe checked.

Another reason for sagging pipes is human error. Pipes that aren’t installed correctly and aren’t set at the right slope for gravity to do its job will eventually fail and not do their job. Where geological issues cause sagging pipes in older homes, human error is the more likely the cause when newer homes have these problems.

How Do You Repair a Sagging Pipe?

The good news is that if the pipe is in good condition, you replacing it isn’t necessary to fix the belly. This saves you a lot of time and money. Most sagging pipes just need to be reset at the appropriate slope to drain properly.

Is Trenchless Sewer Repair an Option

We talk a lot about the benefits of trenchless sewer repair. It’s a great option for most sewer repair and replacement jobs. However, it’s not the best fit for this repair.

The reason trenchless repair isn’t an option is because our sewer contractors need to reset the pipe. They have to lay it at the correct angle, and this isn’t a job that we can do using trenchless methods. Our contractors have to dig a trench and put hands on the line to move it into place. The good news is that once we lay the pipe correctly, your property’s drainage problems go away.

Call Us for Sewer Line Repair in Cerritos

Do you think you have a belly in your sewer pipe? This kind of pipe repair needs to be fixed by professionals who have experience with these repairs and the ability to dig under public access areas. Sometimes fixing the pipe means digging up streets, sidewalks, or other public-right-of-way areas. It all depends on where the sag is in the pipe. Our underground utility engineers are city-bonded and have the authority to pull permits for these jobs and work on public access areas.

Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We work on all sizes of sewer pipes, commercial and residential, throughout Los Angeles County. Call us when you need us at (866) 377-4002 for sewer line repair near you!