Walking Through A Sewer Backup Repair

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Walking Through A Sewer Backup Repair

April 22, 2019

Have you seen our video series walking viewers through what a trenchless sewer repair job actually looks like for Seattle homeowners? Check it out or keep reading to learn more!


The first step in any sewer job is to camera scope the line to identify the cause of the problem. In some cases a backup might be the result of a clog that can be cleared out by jetting or cabling. In other cases, it might be that the line itself has cracked, at which point the camera scope allows us to pinpoint the exact location of the break.

Deciding the Repair Method

When deciding how we’re going to repair the sewer line, we assess the situation, taking landscape, location, and weather into account. Next we need to make sure we get a work permit from the city and that a utility company has come out to locate and clearly mark all gas and water lines in the immediate area. When possible, we use trenchless repair methods, like pipe lining, to help minimize the amount of damage to our customer’s property. Not having to dig an entire new trench also saves time and money.

How Long Does It Take?

It depends on the extent of the damage, but a major repair (where sections need to be replaced or relined) will generally take between 2-3 days to complete. This includes digging down to the break, repairing the line, getting the job inspected by the SPU, and filling in the hole again. Fortunately the length of time a customer might experience an interruption in sewer service is generally much shorter — often only for a few hours as we complete the repair on the line. 

Your Local Plumbing Experts

If you have any questions about sewer line repair in the greater Seattle area, you can always ask our plumbing experts. Family-owned and operated, Best Plumbing has proudly served the greater Seattle area for more than 50 years. Contact us today for any of your plumbing or heating needs!

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