What Are Sewer Line and Sewer System?

Sewer lines (also called drain lines) collect wastewater that drains into them from different water sources throughout a building. They vary in size, based on the water source and volume (toilet vs. sink). A sewer system is made up of one main sewer line and multiple lateral sewer lines, underneath the structure. Lateral lines carry wastewater from the water source, i.e., faucet, toilet, etc. to the main sewer line which, is a much larger line that collects all the wastewater from the lateral lines and carries it outside the building into the city sewer system or the septic tank.

If you noticed any of the following it is likely that your sewer line and/or sewer system don’t work properly:

  • Gurgling sounds
  • Water back up into a sink
  • Drainage problems
  • Strong smells from a bathroom or kitchen

Sewer Line Servicing

P-traps, the U-shaped pipe you see under sinks, catch a lot of sink and basin debris and facilitate the repairs. Access points within the home, called clean-outs, allow plumbers to use snakes to clear minor, soft stoppages (toilet paper piled up within the sewer line), however, more serious problems such as collapsed lines or major root invasions cannot be cleared and require replacement.

CNJ Services can determine where a clog originates by using special cameras to look down into a sewer line. We may be able to clean out the sewer lines with hydro-jetting equipment and remove minor tree root invasion, using special, bladed equipment.

When is a Sewer Line Replacement or Repair Needed?

Sometimes the sewer pipes or lines are so damaged they need to be replaced. In some cases, homeowner insurance policies will cover sewer line replacement unless the damage is caused by tree roots. Even the most careful homeowners may eventually need a sewer line/pipe repair because of back-ups that start in the home. Below are examples of underlying causes of major sewer issues:

  • Tree root invasion
  • Collapsing cast-iron lines
  • Foundation settling
  • Large amounts of grease in kitchen lines
  • Non-degradable objects flushed down the toilet — toys, sanitary products, bones

There are two types of repairs/replacements for sewer lines:

  • Traditional – digging a trench as long as the line itself to reach the sewer line
  • Trenchless – digging a hole at both ends of the line and pulling a new line in place

What sets CNJ Services Apart From the Competition?

Our competitive advantage is in the fact that we provide a complete service to our customers. What that means is that we possess the heavy machinery and expertise to handle multiple aspects of the project. This includes saw cut/jack-hammering of concrete and disposal, excavating soil, importing and backfilling of soil, compaction, and concrete pour back. This is unusual for the industry as most other providers are only equipped to handle the plumbing side of the project, leaving the customer in search of other trades.

Are you concerned about the state of your home’s sewer system? Call CNJ Services today to schedule a camera inspection!