Recently in Queens we completed a sewer repair after our customer was denied coverage from her insurance company. The claims specialist said the policy covers sewer clogs and breaks from the foundation wall, to the city sewer in the street. Unfortunately the main sewer line for our customer exited the back of her house and ran along the side in her driveway.
The secondary issue was that the sewer line was broken before the foundation wall and the driveway was required to be excavated for the repair.
The goal for the property owner was to resolve the issue, avoid a sewer repair in the future and obtain an approval from the insurance company to be reinstated. We had to install all new pipe from the rear of the house, to the section of her driveway that was in line with the foundation wall. At this point we installed a clean out which was to be used by her insurance company if they ever had to cleart the sewer towards the street. The location of her new clean out is directly in line with her foundation wall which allowed for her reinstatement.
Since we were already working on her driveway, we also installed all new cast iron pipe from the new clean out, to the property line before the sidewalk. At this stage it only made sense to complete one entire section and never have to worry about repairing the sewer on property.
The existing sewer was not very deep which is always beneficial when installing 50′ of new pipe. The entire installation was completed in one day, a total of 10 hours. Upon the completion of the piping installation our crew back filled and compacted the excavations with soil. We now had over 30′ of concrete work to be completed the very next day.
Three weeks after the installation the property owner had another back up. Her insurance company was dispatched back to her house and denied her claim again. She was told that the sewer line towards the street is back pitched and it would have to be repaired before any future work is performed under her warranty.
At this stage our customer decided to cancel the water main and sewer insurance policy before replacing the entire sewer line on her own. The goal was to never have to worry about a sewer back up or a pipe replacement again!