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Sewer & Drain Line Service in Cincinnati, OH

A damaged sewer line can be a huge, even monumental source of stress for a Cincinnati homeowner. You need service from professionals that can ensure the problem is handled swiftly, accurately, and with the assurance that things are going to be just fine. And at Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air, our certified plumbers can promise all of that and more!

We’ve been offering 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 of 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 any further.

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 replaced 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, and it is the most common. This involves digging a trench above the pipe to be replaced. Conversely, 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.

Contact Schneller & Knochelmann at 859.757.1877 in Kentucky and 513.407.4424 in Ohio to speak with our team about the sewer line replacement services we offer and the steps involved in both traditional and trenchless replacement methods.

Pros and Cons of Sewer Line Replacement Methods

Trenchless pipe replacement is typically more expensive than traditional pipe replacement methods. 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.    

Contact Schneller & Knochelmann at 859.757.1877 in Kentucky and 513.407.4424 in Ohio for more information about our sewer line repair and replacement services. 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 this area, it is common over time for the main drain line to start to crack and break. This can happen with the old clay and cast iron sewer lines that were used on a lot of our older homes. That means that 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 is able to use trenchless technology that makes it easier and faster to repair—without a big hole in your yard!

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Signs You Need Sewer Line Repair

Ideally, you can get service before things get too 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, there’s a sewer line acting up that needs professional attention.
  • Puddles. The sudden appearance of puddles in the lawn is another sure sign—especially in the absence of rain. These puddles will often stink, as well as 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 on a daily basis or your clog won’t go away, it’s likely that there’s a larger issue at hand—namely, your sewer line.
  • Slow-draining fixtures. A single slow drain typically means you have a small local clog. But when the problem is spreading 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, go ahead and give us a call 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. This system was designed for small-diameter pipe repairs in lines that range 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 that are 2 to 4 inches in diameter, we can repair pipes up to 120 feet in length. For pipes 5 to 8 inches in diameter, we can rehabilitate pipes up to 600 feet in length.

This liner system uses a styrene-free resin and can be used on cast iron piping, clay drain lines, and PVC pipe. And 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 highly skilled professionals undergo extensive training so that they can quickly identify sewer line problems and perform the required repairs or replacement. 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 size, scope, or scale of your plumbing need, we have the solution and service to match here at Schneller & Knochelmann. You can reach our plumbing team online at any time to schedule service, or feel free to contact us over the phone at 513.407.4424 (OH) and 859.757.1877 (KY) to speak with our plumbing experts any time. If your Cincinnati area home needs the drain or sewer line replaced, we can do it quickly and with less mess!

FAQs About Sewers

Can you patch a sewer line?

Yes, it is 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.

Does homeowners insurance cover sewer line repairs?

Homeowners insurance policies do not 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 will want to confirm with your insurance provider.

How long does it take to replace a sewer line?

A full sewer line replacement usually takes three to five days to complete. Prior to any replacement, our teams will assess the steps that need to occur and provide you with a reliable timeframe for project completion.

How much does it cost to repair a sewer line?

The cost of repairing a sewer line depends on the problem. It will cost anywhere from $100 to $250 per foot of sewer line that needs repairing in many cases.

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