“To Be or Not to Be, that is the question” a famous quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but when it comes to Plumbing and Sewer problems, the question is “To Dig or Not to Dig?”

Bismarck, ND homeowners can safely perform some drain cleaning and maintenance tasks; however, sewer drain line repair and replacement tasks should be reserved for a certified, professional plumber. Why? Any error in the repair or replacement could cause even more clogging, leaks, or sewage back-up.

The most embarrassing indicator there is a serious issue with your sewer line, is a very bad odor coming from your property.  You smell it, your neighbors smell it, you must get it fixed! Sometimes the repair is a simple clog removal, but when you smell it, that is a most likely something worse like a broken pipe.  The repair or replacement of an entire sewer line or even just a section is sometimes required when drain clearing efforts do not work.  What are the indicators of the need to employ a repair or replace procedure?

  • Severe grease buildup or a foreign object restricting flow.
  • Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, among other possible causes.
  • Corrosion of an older pipe that caused the pipe to break or collapse.
  • An excessive number of roots in the line that cannot be cleared using a cable machine.
  • A point in the pipe section has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, which has resulted in a low spot where paper and waste collect and cause repeated blockages, also known as a “bellied” pipe.
  • Leaking joints where the seals between sections of pipe have broken, allowing water and sewage to escape.

Bismarck residents and business owners, if sewer issues arise, can contact the best in the business, Drain Man Plumbing.  Drain Man can identify the problem and pinpoint its exact location.  We have a secret weapon, in-line video inspection camera.  The camera captures images, then transmits them to a device operated by the camera technician for recording and further review. Simultaneously, the radio transmitter on the camera records the physical location of the line and its depth from the surface for planning and implementation of appropriate repairs.  The employment of this method has proven to provide faster and less costly repairs.

Bismarck Sewer Line Repair & Replacement Options

After the leak or clog has been detected and determined a sewer line must be repaired or replaced, we’ll discuss with you the two optional methods.

Method One – Traditional Sewer Line Repair/Replacements are commonly performed by using a backhoe to dig up the area surrounding the line, allowing easy access to the affected area.  Upon completion of repair, the backhoe is used to refill the area. This method is could be your only option depending on the condition and configuration of your pipes.

Method Two – (our favorite) Trenchless Repair which involves making small access points where the damaged pipe starts and ends; then, pulling a new pipe through the existing pipe which ruptures the old pipe into pieces while concurrently laying new pipe. Trenchless repairs is less damaging to yards and driveways because only the dirt at the beginning and end of the line is affected.

Sewer repair even in Bismarck is not fun and yes its smelly work.  We hope you never experience it but when the time comes you will know to call Drain Man.  Drain Man is the trusted Bismarck expert in both traditional and trenchless pipe repair and replacement for damaged sewer lines. We’ve replaced thousands of sewer lines and will be able to provide you with our professional recommendation on what option best suits your needs and budget.

Call today (701)595-0053