Sewer & Drain Line Service in Cincinnati, OH
A damaged sewer line can be a huge source of stress for a Cincinnati homeowner. You need service from professionals who can ensure the problem is handled swiftly, accurately, and with the assurance that things will be just fine. At Schneller Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air, our certified plumbers can promise all that and more!
We’ve offered Ohio and Northern Kentucky clients the best in plumbing service for decades, and backed by our top-class training, we can guarantee a complete resolution to all your plumbing repair needs, including total sewer line service and repair.
For quality you can rely on and priority service that puts your needs first, you needn’t look further than Schneller Knochelmann.
When To Replace or Repair Your Sewer Line
Small cracks can be repaired, while major leaks may require sewer line replacement. Our team will perform a pipe leak test and visual inspection of the pipe to determine whether sewer repair or replacement is the best option.
Common signs that your sewer line needs repairing or replacement include:
- The presence of sewer gas odors
- Frequent clogs and backups
- Soggy landscaping
- Insect/rodent infestations
- Damaged slabs or sidewalks
Sewer Line Replacement Options
There are two types of sewer line replacement options. The first is the traditional replacement, which is the most common. This involves digging a trench above the pipe to be replaced. On the other hand, a trenchless replacement can involve lateral pipe lining or pipe bursting.
With lateral pipe lining, the existing pipe is used, and a layer of epoxy resin is used to reline the pipe, which repairs any cracks or damage. With pipe bursting, a pneumatic or hydraulic head destroys the broken pipe, which is removed, and a new pipe is slid into place.
Trenchless Sewer Line Repair & Replacement
Digging up and replacing a sewer line takes considerable effort, can be costly, and will leave a massive mess in your yard. If you want to protect your valuable landscaping, avoid driveway damage, and minimize the mess in your yard, trenchless sewer line repair may be the best option for your Ohio home.
At Schneller Knochelmann, we offer trenchless sewer repair using the pipe lining method. We use the Perma-Lateral™ lining system, which is available for pipes from 2 to 8 inches in diameter.
The Pipe Lining Process
Our trenchless sewer line replacement process involves creating access holes at one end of the existing sewer or drain pipe. The pipe is inspected with a video camera to determine its condition and suitability for pipe lining. It’s then cleaned to make the trenchless sewer line installation easier.
A flexible, epoxy-coated liner is inserted into the pipe using air pressure before it’s allowed to cure in place. The result is long-lasting, durable sewer pipe with a service life of 50 years or longer. Little excavation is required, and the process can repair pipes up to 120 feet long for pipes of 2 to 4 inches wide or 600 feet for pipes 4 to 8 inches in diameter.
The Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Line Repair
With our trenchless sewer line replacement process, we can solve your sewer problems faster with less impact on your yard and property. The benefits of trenchless pipe lining include:
- Significantly less excavation
- Less mess and cleaning
- Faster installation time
- A long service life of 50 years or more
- Safe, odorless, environmentally friendly materials
Plus, pipe lining can solve many existing sewer problems like cracked pipes, missing sections, or tree root infiltration. Once the installation is complete, our experts can keep your new sewer in excellent condition with trenchless sewer line maintenance, ensuring that these issues don’t return.
Pros and Cons of Sewer Line Replacement Methods
Trenchless pipe replacement is typically more expensive than traditional pipe replacement. However, it won’t damage landscaping, driveways, sidewalks, etc. Further, trenchless installation delivers reliable sewer pipes that will last 50 years or more.
Traditional replacement involves digging a trench to remove the old pipe. While less expensive, it will damage landscaping, driveways, etc., which will need to be repaired once the new line is in position and the trench is filled.
We’ll schedule an appointment to inspect your system and help you determine the best way to move forward.
Sewer Line Repair Service
Schneller Knochelmann also provides sewer and drain line repairs for homes in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. In these areas, it’s common over time for the main drain line to start cracking and breaking.
This can happen with the old clay and cast iron sewer lines that were used on many older homes. That means tree roots can get into your drain lines and cause clogged drains and even drain failure.
Usually, when that happens, you have to dig up your yard, excavate the line, and replace it with the new drain pipe. Schneller Knochelmann can use trenchless technology that makes it easier and faster to repair — without a big hole in your yard!
Signs You Need Sewer Line Repair
Ideally, you should get service before things get out of hand. Getting a repair service early on tends to be less costly and much less stressful since you’ll avoid many of the other plumbing issues that can come from a damaged or clogged sewer line. But what are the signs?
- Unpleasant odors. The stink of sewage is immediately recognizable. You might catch a whiff in the home near a drain or maybe even out on the lawn. Either way, if you smell sewage, a sewer line needs professional attention.
- Puddles. The sudden appearance of puddles on the lawn is another sure sign — especially in the absence of rain. These puddles will often stink and attract flies, mosquitoes, and other pests.
- Water backing up in the home. Most frequently, a damaged sewer line will cause water to back up in first-floor drains or basement drains. If you get a lot of backflow and gurgling when you flush or use the shower, your sewer line needs attention.
- Constant clogs. Clogs aren’t uncommon, but if you’re dealing with them daily or your clog won’t go away, there’s likely a larger issue with your sewer line.
- Slow-draining fixtures. A single slow drain typically means you have a small, local clog. But when the problem spreads to every fixture in the home, from the bath to the toilets and even the sinks, then the problem is with the main sewer line.
The best way to avoid high costs is to get service right away! Not sure what the problem is? That’s why our specialists are always available to offer plumbing and sewer line assessments. Any time you feel like there may be an issue, call us to avoid further damage and risk.
Trenchless Sewer & Drain Line Repair Without Extensive Excavation
The plumbers at Schneller Knochelmann use the Perma-Lateral™ Lining System, which was designed for small-diameter pipe repairs in lines ranging from 2 to 8 inches in diameter. The main benefits of this sewer and drain line repairing system are:
- Repairs cracked or broken pipes without extensive excavation
- Eliminates roots and infiltration
- Bridges missing pipe sections
This pipe liner system can be installed through clean-outs or open-end pipes. Our plumbers only need one access point to install this pipe liner. For pipes 2 to 4 inches in diameter, we can repair pipes up to 120 feet long. For pipes 5 to 8 inches in diameter, we can rehabilitate pipes up to 600 feet long.
This liner system uses a styrene-free resin and can be used on cast iron piping, clay drain lines, and PVC pipe. The minimum life span is 50 years per ASTM F 1216 third-party testing. Plus, the materials used are tested and certified as environmentally safe and odorless.
Why Choose Schneller Knochelmann for Sewer Services in Kentucky & Ohio?
For nearly 100 years, homeowners and businesses in Kentucky and Ohio have trusted our teams to maintain, repair, and replace their sewer lines. Our professionals undergo extensive training to quickly identify sewer line problems and perform the required repairs or replacements.
We know the most common problems inherent to sewers in the region, and you can depend on our team to deliver quality services that will leave your sewer lines in good condition.
Expert Plumbing Services & Solutions in Ohio & Northern Kentucky
No matter the scope or scale of your plumbing need, we have the solution and service to match here at Schneller Knochelmann.
If your Cincinnati area home needs the drain or sewer line replaced, we can do it quickly and with less mess!
FAQs About Sewers
Yes, it’s possible to patch holes in sewer lines. However, the pipe must be properly prepared, and the appropriate patch must be applied. If done improperly, the leak will recur.
Homeowners insurance policies don’t usually cover sewer line repairs and replacements. This usually requires a rider to your policy. However, if another party causes the damage, it may be covered, so you should confirm with your insurance provider.
A full sewer line replacement usually takes three to five days to complete. Before any replacement, our teams will assess the steps that need to be taken and provide a reliable time frame for project completion.
The cost of repairing a sewer line depends on the problem. In many cases, it will cost anywhere from $100 to $250 per foot of sewer line that needs repair.