Sewer Line Experts in the Greater Knoxville Area
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Our plumbers are professionally trained to work with sewer lines. Sewer line inspects, repairs, and complete replacements.
Sewer Line Services
Sewer Camera Inspections
If you need sewer line location or an inspection to check up on the condition of your line, our industry-leading sewer camera equipment is up to the challenge. We have the ability to locate, mark, and record video of your sewer line.
Sewer Line Repair
When your whole home is backing up and you’re fighting a messy situation, more than likely your main sewer line is in bad condition. We have all the equipment and expertise to knock out an underground repair without causing further damage. Call today to get all your options for resolving your sewer clog.
Sewer Line Replacement
Tree roots in your sewer line and other breakages have the potential to flood your home with sewage when you least expect it. While making a repair is successful in many cases, you may only be sinking money into an old line that’s bound to break somewhere else. Tennessee Standard is fully equipped and ready to excavate, fully replace your Knoxville sewer line, and backfill with excellence. Call or book online today for a custom quote!
Sewer Line Q&A
Everything in my home is backing up – what's going on?
If everything in your home is backing up, it means that your sewer line is clogged. The sewer line can be clogged because a foreign object got flushed and then lodged itself it the sewer line, backing up the entire home. However, this is not usually the case. If a sewer line is backing up, it is most often due to damage to that sewer line. Either there is a belly in the line that holds water and traps debris that would be going down the pipe, or there is a breakage in the line that is snagging solids and letting roots infest the line. Whole-home backups can also be caused because the sewer line has deteriorated from the inside, causing the surface of the pipe to become rough, and slow down the flow of the sewer line. In each of these situations, the sewer line must be cleared, cleaned, and repaired to prevent more backups in the future.
What causes damage to a sewer line?
- Earth forces causing the pipe to crack.
- Roots pushing their way into a sewer line.
- Deterioration from the inside of an old metal sewer line.
- Bellies formed from settling in the earth around a PVC or Poly sewer line.
If my sewer line is damaged, who is responsible for fixing it?
In most city sewer systems, the city is responsible for everything along the sewer main, up to the sewer tap at your home. When the line transitions from the sewer tap into the sewer lateral, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain this line and even replace it, if necessary. If a clog is happening at the sewer tap, it may be the responsibility of the city, but you will often need to hire a licensed professional to get video evidence of the problem with a sewer camera inspection.
What are my options for repairing my sewer line?
If the sewer line has broken from earth forces causing a crack or if roots have broken the line, the sewer line can be dug up and repaired. If your sewer line has deteriorated from within, it may be worth hydro jetting the line to descale it. Often, if the line is too far gone, a deteriorated cast-iron line must be replaced fully before it can operate properly. If a belly has formed in your sewer line, the belly must be dug up and a large section of the line replaced. Backfilling the line properly is vital to preventing another belly from happening in the future. Each of these options requires excavation equipment. If the repair gets too expensive, it is worth considering replacing the sewer line entirely to avoid sinking too much money into an old line that will need to be replaced soon.
What are my options for replacing my sewer line?
- Pipe bursting a new sewer line.
- Directional boring a new sewer line.
- Trenching a new sewer line.
What is the difference between septic and city sewer?
How do I convert from septic to city sewer?
Can you replace my sewer line to my septic tank?
Yes, any licensed plumbing contractor can replace the sewer line from the home to the septic tank. A specialized licensed is required to work on or replace the drain field on the other side of the tank, but plumbers are trained on how to replace the line feeding the septic tank, just like any other sewer line is installed.