What do you do when your sewer line is backing up? The first step is to call the sewer cleaner and clear what you expect to be a few roots or paper towels. If you end up experiencing another backup after a short period of time it is suggested to have your sewer cleaner investigate in a little more detail.
A homeowner in Park Slope Brooklyn had a similar experience when he became aware that the pipe was separated in two separate locations and the entire clay pipe had to be replaced with cast iron, from the house, out to the street where the city sewer is located.
Luckily for this homeowner a sewer installation in her neighborhood occurs frequently due to the age and material of the existing sewer pipes. The layout of his installation was also pretty straight forward from above ground which allowed the job to be completed over a two day period.
The crew began by excavating under the sidewalk and the front stoop of the building before the new cast iron pipe was installed to the curb line. The piping was successfully inspected by the NYC DEP before the holes were back filled in preparation for day two which included excavation of the roadway.
Luckily the second day was straight forward with no major obstacles in the roadway, the crew was able to install the final 15′ of pipe from the curb, to the spur connection on the city sewer. The DEP inspector had arrived by 2pm to pass the second day of inspection.
The final stage was for the roadway and sidewalk to be restored by our in house restoration team. We have separate crews who specialize in both concrete restoration of the sidewalk and asphalt restoration of the roadway which would be completed at a later date.