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Should I Repair or Replace My Sewer Line?


Sewer line problems aren't always easy to spot. You may have noticed that your water bill is higher than usual, or you're experiencing multiple drain clogs at the same time. However, you might not have guessed that the culprit is your home's sewer line. When your sewage system isn't working as it should, it can create a ripple effect that impacts other areas of your home.

As soon as you encounter any plumbing issues, be sure to call a professional plumber. A team of trained experts can examine your sewer line to get to the root of the problem. Before you call for a sewer line upgrade, though, we'll take a closer look at some common sewage issues to help you decide between a repair or replacement.

In this blog we’ll discuss:

  • When to Repair Your Sewer Line
  • When to Call for a Sewer Line Replacement
  • Trenchless Sewer Line Repair and Replacement Options
  • Cost Overview of Sewer Repair vs. Replacement

Want Expert Advice About Your Sewer Line in Tampa? Call Red Cap!

Give us a call and we’ll send a professional plumber straight to your door! After careful assessment of your home’s plumbing and sewer line, we’ll share our honest findings– including upfront repair or replacement pricing.



When to Repair Your Sewer Line

Sewer Line Clogs

There are numerous reasons why a sewer line blockage can occur. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Tree Root Invasion
  • Broken Pipes
  • Excessive Grease Buildup
  • Accumulation of Debris
  • Foreign Objects Entering Pipes

In most cases, sewer line clogs can be addressed with a quick repair, especially if the sewer pipes are still in good condition. The key is to call for a repair as soon as possible. The longer you ignore a sewage backup, the higher the risk of long-term damage. This can make it significantly more difficult to repair the sewer line, and you might need to replace it instead.

Sewer Line Leaks

Not only are sewer line leaks unhygienic, but they also become more expensive to repair as time goes by. If you've noticed any unpleasant odors around your home or an ongoing sound of trickling water, this could indicate that your sewer line has sprung a leak. Other common issues include moist floors, cracks in your home's foundation, slow drainage, discolored walls, and low water pressure.

Small Amount of Sewer Line Damage

A damaged sewer line is another sign that it's time to call for a repair. The level of damage can vary considerably, and only an experienced plumber can assess the full extent of it. If the damage is more severe (e.g. it’s collapsed or severely corroded), you might need to replace your entire sewer line. However, a plumber can usually repair a minor amount of damage.

What Calls for a Sewer Line Replacement

Collapsed Sewer Line

If your sewer line has completely collapsed, you’ll probably need to replace it. Common signs of a collapsed sewer line include slow drains, mold growth on the walls or ceiling, frequent clogs, damp soil around the sewer line, patches of lush grass, and foul odors caused by sewer gas. Be sure to schedule a sewer line replacement as soon as you can to keep more serious damage at bay.

Completely Corroded Sewer Line

Unfortunately, corroded pipes often cannot be salvaged. Corrosion usually indicates that there's a major underlying issue with your sewer line, whether it's old age or severe damage. If this problem persists for long enough, it may even lead to a full-scale sewage system failure. For the safety of your home and family, it's crucial not to delay having your sewer line replaced.

Severe Tree Root Intrusion


Root intrusion refers to tree roots growing toward your plumbing pipes. Because these pipes provide a warm, moist environment optimal for root growth, root intrusion is a common sewage problem that homeowners face. While minor signs of intrusion may be addressed with a repair, it's best to swap out your entire sewer line if your tree roots have deeply infiltrated your pipes.

Trenchless Sewer Line Repair and Replacement Options

Once you're ready to address your sewer line problems, it's a good idea to take some time to consider your options. At Red Cap, we'll be more than happy to discuss our drain and pipe services with you. Our courteous, knowledgeable technicians treat each customer like family and offer honest, upfront prices. With fast and convenient scheduling, it's easy to see why so many Florida residents turn to us for their plumbing needs.

The three main trenchless services we offer are:

  • Pipe bursting: Pipe bursting refers to breaking and expanding your current sewer line while replacing it with newer and more efficient pipes. Many homeowners see pipe bursting as a cost-effective, safe, and non-intrusive method for sewer line renovation.
  • Pipelining: If you have cracked or broken pipes in need of repair, you may benefit from pipelining. The purpose of this method is to create a stronger pipe that fits inside the older, damaged pipe. This helps promote smoother flow and a stronger seal to protect against cracks.
  • Pipe coating: Similar to pipe lining, pipe coating produces a strong protective lining to shield your pipes from corrosion, cracks, and other forms of damage. It also helps to promote a smoother flow of gas, oil, water, and other fluids through your pipes.

Cost Overview

Sewer Line Repair Cost

Before you schedule a sewer line repair, you might be wondering what to expect in terms of cost. The precise cost of repairing your sewer line is determined by a wide range of factors, such as the location of the damage and the method of repair.

Sewer Line Replacement or Installation Cost

The length and type of piping both influence the cost of a new sewer line. Iron, steel, and copper pipes tend to cost more to install than PVC or ABS pipes, for example.

Rather Speak with Trusted Sewer Line Experts?

If you suspect your sewer line is damaged, don’t wait to call in the professionals. Contact Red Cap Plumbing, Air & Electric for knowledgeable advice and honest recommendations. You can call us, or click below to schedule an appointment online. We’re available 24/7 for emergencies, and our on-time guarantee means you won’t have to wait around all day wondering when we’ll get there!


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