Sewer Line

4 Things to Consider During New Sewer Line Installation

Sewer lines are a critical part of your home plumbing system. These are responsible for transporting all the wastewater from your home to the public sewer system (or septic tank, depending on where you live). Most homeowners never really have to think about these lines, but if the system fails, replacement is usually the best option

Underground Utilities

Before your yard can be dug up to have the sewer lines replaced, it’s essential to have the contractor or your local utility provider locate and mark all gas and electrical lines to ensure that they aren’t accidentally dug up during excavation. This is an essential step for safety and must be done before anything else can happen. 

You Won’t Be Able to Use the System

While your new sewer line installation is happening, you won’t be able to use the plumbing in your home. Therefore, you may want to see if you can stay with family or get a hotel room until the work is done. 

This might sound like an obvious one, but it’s worth noting because it takes about a full day of work to replace sewer lines. You may also lose power or gas during the installation, depending on what’s being done. 

There Should Be Permits

Your city, county, or other regulatory authority will likely require permits for sewer work. Your contractor should obtain these as part of the job but be aware of what’s required so that you can double-check. Also, ask about permit fees and make sure that you’re not being overcharged. 

When the work is done, the city or county will show up to perform an inspection and sign off on the work. Only then should you consider the job complete. 

Your Yard Will Need to Be Fixed

Although your contractor will do their best to minimize the damage, replacing sewer lines requires digging up a part of your yard. It may also require the removal of sidewalks, driveways, or other areas that are blocking the lines that need to be replaced.

The company doing the work will replace all the materials that they remove. However, you may have to spend a little extra time on your yard to get it back to the way it was. 

By taking the time to prepare yourself for what’s about to happen, your new sewer line installation can be a less stressful experience. Contact Open Drains to learn more!

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