Manhattan’s sewer system is critical for maintaining the properties functionality and cleanliness. However, as time goes on, these underground pipes may experience natural wear and tear, which will result in leaks, backups, and other issues that may disturb the day to day. In our guide, we will discuss the most effective ways to repair your sewer line, ensuring a seamless repair while preventing any potential hazards.
Identifying Sewer Problems
Before discussing sewer repair resolutions, it’s important to identify sewer issues accurately. The most common sewer problems include foul odors, poor drainage, gurgling noises, sewer backups and sinkholes in the roadway above the location of your sewer. If you become aware of any of these signs, it’s important to take action to prevent further damage.
Inspection and Assessment
The initial step in understanding your sewer is through an inspection and assessment of the system. Sewer cameras and locators allow plumbers to inspect the underground pipes without excavation. A professional camera inspection will reveal the exact location, details of the sewer break, and nature of the problem. These types of inspections allow for isolated repairs and minimal disruption.
Trenchless Sewer Repair
It is important to note that trenchless sewer repairs are completely illegal in the five boroughs of NYC.
Illegal Pipe Lining: This method involves inserting a flexible liner coated with epoxy resin into the damaged pipe. The liner is then inflated, allowing the epoxy to adhere to the inner surface of the existing pipe. Once the resin cures, it forms a new, durable pipe within the old one, sealing cracks and preventing leaks. The downside is that this serves as a band aid and will not last an extended period of time. You can end up paying 75% of the sewer repair cost with a temporary solution.
Illegal Pipe Bursting: In this method, a bursting head is inserted into the damaged pipe and pulled through it, simultaneously breaking the old pipe and pulling a new pipe into place. Pipe bursting is an solution for replacing old pipes with new ones however, it is extremely risky in NYC due to all of the sub surface utilities.
This process is extremely risky and not allowable in New York City.
Becoming familiar with a sewer in Manhattan goes beyond fixing broken pipes; it also includes coming up with a preventive maintenance plan. Regularly scheduled inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of the sewer will help identify future problems before they become a costly issue.
Working with Professional Contractors
When it comes to repairing sewers in Manhattan, it’s crucial to work with experienced and licensed plumbers. A reputable plumber will have the expertise, equipment, and knowledge to handle all kinds of sewer repairs and all the unexpected challenges that come along with it.
It is important to note that the average NYC licensed master plumber is not allowed to excavate and perform work below the public sidewalk and roadway. This will require a special bond with the Department of Transportation. It is said that less than 1% of all plumbers hold the required license and bond to work below the streets of NYC.
Manhattan’s sewer repairs require a lot of experience, effective techniques, and maintenance strategies. By identifying sewer issues accurately, the property owner can ensure a fully functional sewer system.