Dangers of DIY Trenchless Sewer Repair
There are some instances where a DIY(Do It Yourself) project is not plausible. Do it yourself plumbing jobs are layered in degrees of difficulty. There is always the possibility of something going wrong that will cost more damage than none. In such cases, it is best to leave the job to the professionals. Repairing a trenchless sewer should be on the ‘do not’ DIY list.
What is trenchless sewer repair anyway?
It is basically the opposite of trenched, by which there is minimal digging to make repairs. Before, a homeowner’s lawn would practically be ruined by the digging from one end of the pipe to the other. With trenchless repairing, a metal bursting tool or drill breaks the old pipe. The new piping is installed at the same site of the old. This eliminates excess digging. Unless the DIY repairer is a licensed plumber, it is unlikely they will have access to this equipment.
Debris/Cracks & Breaks
Blocked sewer pipes can be caused by debris getting into the line. Tree branches and roots are common problems. A branch could be tangled in the wiring, or tree roots could be growing inside the pipe. Problems such as the weather can also change the dynamics of the repair. The pipe could break from the cold weather or even create cracks that will eventually turn into breaks. Either way, the pipe will need replacing. If the proper equipment is not handy to the DIY fixer upper, it is best to leave the job to a professional. Professionals are more equipped to deal with what may come next. A lot goes into fixing a sewer problem mainly because there could be more problems hidden under one. Flooded basements are serious, but so are the health risks.
A sewer line break can release gases like methane and carbon dioxide inside the home. These and other gases can be very hazardous if inhaled, and cause serious respiratory problems. Symptoms may be dizziness, headaches, and even asphyxiation. Sewer gas leaks are very dangerous, and help should be sought immediately. Hazardous bacteria may also be growing inside the system. Broken pipes could be contaminated with hepatitis, jaundice, or cholera. There is also the possibility of the pipe being infested with E. coli, salmonella, and even typhoid. A homeowner should not take health risks trying to make this a DIY job.
Trenchless Sewer Repair is a job for experts. If you’re looking for reliable services in the Montgomery area, call Cole Plumbing at (334) 279-8919 today.