My Pipes Collapsed. Now What?

Sewer lines are something you use every day but probably don’t think much about – until they stop working.

Some of the most common issues that can cause problems for your sewer lines include tree root intrusions, misaligned pipes or aging Orangeburg pipes, a type of home sewer pipe commonly used in homes built between1945 to 1972.

If one of these issues pushes your pipes to the breaking point, it can lead to a collapsed or restricted pipe, the soil above collapsing into the line and blocking off wastewater flow, and a total sewer line failure. In most cases, it could even cause sewage to begin to back up into your home.

Once you experience a collapse, you have two options: either to repair it or have a complete sewer line replacement. But how do you know which option is best? That’s where we come in. If your sewer pipe collapses, call EcoClean immediately. We will evaluate your sewer lines to determine the best and most cost-effective way to get your sewer water flowing again as quickly as possible. 

After we arrive at your home, we will inspect the sewer line by using a sewer camera to check for problems areas and to determine the source of the collapse. This will help us plan next steps and whether the pipe can be repaired or if it will require a sewer line replacement. 

If the pipe isn’t completely collapsed, one option to fix the issue is high-pressure water jetting. This involves cleaning the pipe by using a high-pressure hose that pressurizes water, producing a concentrated, powerful stream that is then directed into the pipe, dissolving or pushing out any clogs or debris from the pipe. The force from water jetting is so powerful that it can also help break up and remove any intrusive tree roots that may have grown inside the pipe. 

If there is too much damage to the pipe for water jetting to be effective, then utilizing trenchless technology is likely the best option. This involves the use of specialized equipment, such as cables and cameras, to repair or replace damaged portions of sewer pipes. The most common types of trenchless sewer line replacement are pipe lining and pipe bursting.

A pipe liner is a flexible tube coated in resin that is pulled or blown into the damaged pipe and then inflated. After the tube is in place and the resin hardens, it creates what is essentially a new fiberglass pipe nestled inside the old, damaged pipe. 

If your old sewer pipe is too damaged to benefit from a pipe liner, then pipe bursting is likely your best sewer repair option. We will insert a new pipe directly into the old pipe using a specialized bursting machine, which will break up the damaged pipe as it positions the new one.

There’s no doubt about it, experiencing a collapsed sewer line can be stressful. Fortunately, the team at EcoClean is standing by, ready to asses, repair, or replace your damaged sewer line.