Most people don’t give sewer line installation in San Gabriel a second thought. That’s because many people buy existing properties with the sewer pipes already in place. Although the sewer system is in place, this doesn’t mean you won’t need to install a sewer line in the future, especially if you own an older property.

In this post, we discuss the reasons for sewer line installation and replacement and the warning signs that you need this residential or commercial sewer service.

Do You Own an Older Home?

There are many long-time San Gabriel residents living in older homes or working out of commercial properties. Many of these properties still use the original sewer pipes that remove wastewater from the building and connect to the city sewer connection. Today, sewer contractors prefer to install PVC sewer pipes because they hold up well to changing soil conditions and the wear and tear that comes with age.

If you live or work in a building that doesn’t have PVC pipes, then you likely have clay pipes and cast-iron sewer pipes. Unfortunately, these materials don’t stand up well to wear and tear. Clay pipes break and are susceptible to tree root intrusion; whereas, cast-iron pipes rust and corrode. We don’t have to tell you that this damage causes problems such as leaky pipes and backups.

At Street Works Engineering, we recommend that older property owners have their sewer line inspected to determine its material. If you have clay or cast-iron pipes, we recommend replacing them. When pipes are in good condition, it is possible to reline the pipe with an epoxy liner to create a pipe-within-in-a-pipe replacement. However, if your pipes are no longer intact, sewer line replacement is the better option.

Converting from Septic-to-Sewer

Not all San Gabriel properties connect to the city. Instead, these properties rely on a septic system to remove wastewater. If you’ve decided that you don’t want to maintain the septic system, connecting to city sewer services could be an option. Property owners who go this route will need to install a new sewer line if one is not already in place.

Signs You Need a New Sewer Line

It’s always better to get ahead of potential problems. You don’t want to be surprised by a failed sewer line. That’s why we recommend that property owners pay attention for the following signs that something isn’t right in the line:

  • Backed-up drains throughout the property: Anytime your home or commercial property has one or more drains backing up at a time, this indicates there’s a problem inside the sewer line.
  • Standing water in the lowest level of the property: When you have flooding in the lowest level of a building or home (usually the basement), don’t overlook your sewer line. Foundation problems can cause water issues, but a clogged sewer line can cause these same problems.
  • Wet yard and foul odors: Is your yard wet along the sewer line? Do you catch a whiff of a terrible odor that smells like raw sewage? Don’t ignore these warning signs of a busted sewer line. Call for service right away.

How Much Does Sewer Line Installation Cost?

There are many factors that go into determining the cost of a new sewer line. For example, if you’re interested in septic-to-sewer conversion, there are connection fees to consider and the length of pipe necessary to connect the property to the city connection. If your existing sewer line needs replacing, trust your sewer contractor to recommend cost-effective methods. Whenever possible, our sewer repair contractors use trenchless pipe replacement, but sometimes we need to repair and replacement the pipe the old-fashioned way.

The best way to get an accurate cost is to call us and schedule a free, on-site consultation. Our contractors inspect the sewer line, identify the problem, and provide you with a cost for the service based on this information.

When you need affordable and quality residential or commercial sewer line installation in San Gabriel, call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic at (866) 377-4002.