Sewer Line Repair 2017-08-11T12:45:54+00:00

Sewer Line Repair


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Accidents with your sewer line happen, and Jim Dandy is here to take care of any problems that may occur in your home’s sewer system.

Our technicians and plumbers are experts in what they do, so you know that you are getting the best and most sincere service possible for whatever situation you are going through. With both traditional and trenchless sewer repairs available, Jim Dandy will pick the method that best suits your home and sewer line. Just call 206-966-4548 or to schedule an appointment and to get more information.

Sewer systems in homes get clogged quite occasionally. If a bubbling or gurgling sound is coming from the toilet, it is an indicator that there may be solids blocking the gas venting system. Another sign of a clogged sewer line is also the smell of rotting food, which can be caused by buildup of food, fat, oils, and more. Slow flowing drains can be caused by the system clogging with non-biodegradable products like oil, paint, and grease as well as hair, paper products, and more.

In order to find what is wrong with your sewer system quickly and accurately, Jim Dandy suggests getting a camera. This way we can find the problem and make the proper arrangements necessary to fix or repair the problem. Often the reason for your sewage backup could be tree roots. In the long run getting a camera inspection can save you time and money with a proper determination of the problem.

Broken sewer lines


Jim Dandy can repair those broken sewer lines for a fraction of the cost than other plumbing companies. A broken sewer main pipe can show numerous signs and have more than one cause. The following can be an indicator that your pipe may be broken:

  • A powerful sulfur smell (like rotten eggs). This can indicate a buildup of sulfide gas from longstanding and decomposing waste.

  • A persistent clogging of drains or a noticeable backup of sewage in the basement or toilet.

  • Excessive water/sewage in one place within the yard or around the home. This may be an indicator of excessive tree roots that have penetrated the pipes.

  • When your water/sewer bills go up. Higher than normal bills can indicate damaged seals at pipe joints, which causes excess water to spill from the system.

If you are experiencing any of the following call Jim Dandy immediately at 206-966-4548 or . We can come investigate and help you fix your problem in a way that is convenient for you, your family, and/or your business.

Drain Line Repair and Replacement

While some drain cleaning and maintenance with your sewer system can be done by a homeowner, drain line repair and replacement tasks should always be done by a professional and certified plumber. Any error in the repair or replacement could end up causing even more clogging, leaks, or sewage backup. Do not create more trouble for yourself than you already must deal with. The plumber can not only identify the problem, but they can also pinpoint its exact location.

Primary indicators that a repair or replacement is necessary are the following:

  • Corrosion of an older pipe that caused the pipe to break or collapse

  • An excessive number of roots in the line that can’t be cleared by using a cable machine

  • Cracked, collapsed, or broken pipe due to shifting soil, settling, and frozen ground, along with other possible causes

  • Leaking joints where the seals between the sections of pipes have broken, which allows water and sewage to escape

  • Severe grease buildup or a foreign object that is restricting flow

Jim Dandy can swiftly and accurately determine the exact cause, and make the proper arrangements in order to fix it as quickly as possible. Our technicians and plumbers are fully trained in the use of equipment and technologies to solve all your drain and sewer system problems, which includes sewer line repair and replacement. We can restore your sewer pipes effectively and efficiently without tearing up your entire property. Jim Dandy has repaired and replaced hundreds of sewer lines and work diligently to save you time and money in your sewer lines services.

So Why Exactly Do Sewer Pipes Crack and Burst.

  • Wear and tear from aging

  • Buildup of hair, grease, oil, toilet paper, etc.

  • Poor lack of maintenance

  • Earthquakes, heavy construction nearby, etc.

  • Backup from a city’s sewer line

  • Regular ground freezes/thaws

  • Tree roots infiltrating sewer pipe joints/holes

  • Poor sewer pipe design, installation, and/or layout.

Sewer Line Repair and Replacement Options

There are two sewer line repair and replacement options. They are traditional sewer repair/replacement and trenchless sewer line repair/replacement. Jim Dandy specializes in both traditional and trenchless repair and replacement. Call 206-966-4548 or to get a professional recommendation on what option best suits your needs and budget.

Traditional Sewer Line Repair/Replacements

Traditional sewer line repair/replacements are typically performed using a backhoe to dig up surrounding lines to allow easy access to the problem area. Once the repair is made, the backhoe is used to refill the area. The traditional method requires excavating a long, deep trench/trenches to remove the old pipes and install the new ones.

Trenchless Repair Methods

Trenchless repair methods involve making small access hole where the damaged pipe starts and ends. A new pipe is then pulled through the existing pipe, which bursts the old pipe into pieces while laying new pipe at the same time. Trenchless repairs cause less damage to yards and driveways than traditional repair methods because only the dirt at the beginning and end of the line is disturbed. The cost for trenchless repairs or replacements will vary depending on factors like material prices, soil type, and how deep the sewers are buried. In many cases, going trenchless can save you money in the long run. Trenchless sewer line repair causes less damage and less environmental impact than traditional repair methods. Although not always the case, most broken sewer lines can be fixed using the trenchless repair or replacement method. It is heavily recommended that you leave trenchless repairs to the professionals – call Jim Dandy. An improperly lain pipe could cause serious damage, and digging it out could be the only option to fix the mistake.

Some benefits of trenchless sewer repair are:

  • Efficient services performed by Jim Dandy that save you time and money

  • Repairs usually take a day or less It keeps your lawn, landscaping, patio, and more intact

  • The repairs meet industry standards and are permanent

  • Less intrusive techniques are better than traditional methods.

There are two types of trenchless sewer line replacement that are becoming more popular – pipe lining and pipe bursting. The following table compares the similarities and differences between pipe lining and pipe bursting.


Pipe Lining.


Pipe Bursting.


Will reduce your lateral’s diameter by about a quarter inch (which will not affect your sewer’s capacity to remove waste from your home Involves digging one access hole Equally durable to bursting Can line existing sewer pipes to prevent cracks Will harden in just a few hours


Can still be done on a collapsed lateral if there is room to drag a cable through the old pipe (unlike pipe lining) Equally durable to lining Use hydraulics to further break apart the damaged old pipe and replace it seamlessly with a new pipe

Preventative Maintenance

It is important to help prevent sewer line damage from occurring in the first place. Jim Dandy highly recommends preventative maintenance. With regular inspections and drain cleaning services, you can help keep major debris and buildup out of your pipes as well as avoid cracks, clogs, or bursts.

Jim Dandy offers main sewer line repair, main sewer line replacement, and main sewer line cleaning to address the following:

  • Corrosion, which means that the pipe has deteriorated and/or broken. This causes collapses in the line and restricts flow.

  • Broken, cracked, collapsed of offset pipes which have been damaged due to frozen ground, shifting soil, etc.

  • Roots in the sewer line, which is when tree or shrub roots have invaded the sewer line and/or damaged the line, preventing normal cleaning.

  • Bellied pipe, which is when a portion of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions.

  • This creates a valley that collects paper and waste.

  • Blockage, which is when foreign objects or grease buildup is prohibiting or restricting proper flow and/or cleaning of the line


    Leaking joints, which is when the seals between the pipes have broken, allowing water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.

The best thing about Jim Dandy is that we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you know that you are getting the best care possible.

Our professional, friendly, and expert plumbers can help you determine your problem and get it fixed in the most efficient manner possible. Just call 206-966-4548 or for more information and to schedule an appointment today.