Having an outdoor plumbing issue can be very frustrating. Whether you’re having
sewer backup from a broken or root infested line to a river forming in your yard
from a broken water main, we have a solution for you. Please take a look to see
what services we offer.
As years go by our sewer lines get older and become more brittle. When you get a
sewer line stoppage it is always due to a reason. Sometimes you can get by with
a good cleaning, but on occasion you may need a fix. Most of the time, stoppages
are cause by root infestation. This occurs when the pipe leaks sewage causing roots
to grow in the system. Please take a look below to see what materials are common
here in east Tennessee.
Common in the older homes, clay pipe is known for failing. It has the appearance
of terra cotta. This pipe was generally installed in four foot sections giving many
potential areas for failure. Over time with the earth shifting this pipe pulls apart
and starts leaking. In all cases we recommend replacement though repairs can be
Concrete pipe is very similar to clay. It was made in four foot sections and also
is known for failing. This pipe becomes very brittle over time and tends to leak
at the joints. Most joints were just poured concrete. In all cases we recommend
replacement though a repair can be made.
Orangeburg pipe has been around for over one hundred years. Very common to find
in east Tennessee, Orangeburg pipe was originally made for electrical conduit. It
is made from wood and tar and has a similar appearance to a roofing shingle. This
is a very soft pipe that very prone to collapsing. Repairs are highly recommended.
Still being used today, cast iron can be found used as a sewer line. Usually cast
iron was installed inside the home and then transitioned to a different material
outside. Cast iron is a very strong and durable pipe though sometimes it is susceptible
to decay. Replacements are recommended though repairs can be made.
This type is very common and the most used type of pipe today. PVC is not immune
to problems. Most of the time, issues are caused by the installation. PVC can leak
if connections are not made correctly or if it was installed at the wrong pitch.
In some cases the installer may have used a thin wall PVC which is too weak to withstand
the weight of the earth and will collapse. Repairs are recommended unless a thin
wall pipe was installed. All thin wall should be replaced.