Do You Value Your Landscaping? Two Technologies Your Plumber Can Use to Repair Sewer Lines Without Digging Up Your Yard

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Do you enjoy keeping your yard well-kept and working to make your landscaping just right? You may be upset to learn that a break in your sewer line can cancel out all your hard work; plumbing companies may have to dig up your whole lawn in order to access the pipes that need repair. And while this can be repaired in time, you'll probably be living with a muddy mess for at least a few months.

But some plumbers specialize in doing repairs without a lot of damage to your property. Here are two technologies that you should ask your plumbing company about to keep as much of your lawn intact as possible.

1. Video Inspection

In the past, plumbing repair companies would rarely be able to isolate the break in the sewer line. Sure, there may have been soggy ground, but that would only indicate a starting place for digging. The actual break could be located several feet in either direction, necessitating a lot of turned up ground. 

But video inspection of sewer lines has made things a lot easier for homeowners and sewer repair specialists. Special waterproof video cameras mounted on a flexible plumbing snake or rod can be inserted into the pipe to give plumbers an accurate, real-time picture of the damage to be repaired.

Technicians can also measure the depth and exact location of the issue by using radio transmitters on the same flexible snake. This tells them where to dig and how far down to go.

2. Hydrovac Technology

While there are some specific instances where plumbers may be able to repair the sewer pipe between your home and the municipal line without doing any digging, these are still rare and relatively expensive. Instead, plumbers use a hydrovac, or vacuum truck, to carefully loosen and remove the soil around the pipe just in the area of the break. 

Most plumbers with hydrovac services can park their truck right on the street or your paved area, and won't damage your yard by driving onto it. They can carefully peel back the sod over the small area they'll access, and then use a high pressure hose to wet and loosen dirt. A heavy-duty vacuum hose sucks up the mud and dirt and delicately removes it, reducing damage to your yard as well as to the other pipes, conduit and cables that may be buried underground.

After repairs have been made, you'll still have some landscaping clean-up work to do, but not as much as you could be dealing with. Talk to your plumbing company about what options are available in your area to protect your landscaping during sewer repairs.