Plumbing Services

Sewer Line Replacement

Sewer line replacement is a professional plumbing service that involves removing and replacing a damaged or deteriorated sewer line. This process is necessary when a sewer line is severely clogged, cracked, or collapsed, and other methods, such as sewer jetting, are insufficient to address the issue.

Signs and Symptoms of a Sewer Line That Needs Replacement

Some common signs that your sewer line may need replacement include:

Persistent Sewer Backups: 

Frequent sewage backups in your home, despite attempts to clear the clog, may indicate a more serious issue with your sewer line.

Sinkholes or Indentations in Your Yard: 

If you notice unexplained depressions in your yard, it could be a sign of a collapsed or damaged sewer line.

Foul Odors: 

Persistent sewage odors around your property can be an indication of a broken or leaking sewer line.

Slow Drains and Gurgling Sounds: 

If multiple drains are draining slowly and you hear gurgling noises, it could be a sign of a damaged sewer line.

Lush Patches of Grass: 

Unusually green or lush patches of grass in your yard may suggest a leaking sewer line, providing excess nutrients to the soil.

Benefits and Advantages of Sewer Line Replacement by B.L. James & Son Plumbing

Replacing a sewer line with B.L. James & Son Plumbing offers several benefits:

Improved Flow: 

A new sewer line will restore proper flow to your plumbing system, preventing backups and other issues.

Increased Property Value: 

A well-maintained sewer line can increase your property's value and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Reduced Health Risks: 

Replacing a damaged sewer line reduces the risk of sewage exposure, protecting your family's health.

Long-lasting Solution: 

A properly installed sewer line can last for decades, providing peace of mind and reduced maintenance costs.

Sewer Line Replacement Process by B.L. James & Son Plumbing

B.L. James & Son Plumbing follows a thorough process when replacing a sewer line:


A professional plumber will assess the condition of your sewer line using a camera inspection to identify the cause of the problem and determine if replacement is necessary.


The damaged section of the sewer line is uncovered by digging a trench, providing access for removal and replacement.

Removal and Replacement: 

The old sewer line is removed, and a new pipe is installed in its place.

Backfilling and Restoration: 

Once the new sewer line is in place, the trench is backfilled, and your yard is restored to its original condition.

Understanding Sewer Lines and Common Causes of Clogs

Sewer lines are an essential part of your home's plumbing system, carrying wastewater away from your property and into the municipal sewer system. Common causes of clogs in sewer lines include:

Tree Roots: 

Roots from nearby trees can infiltrate and damage sewer lines, causing blockages and structural issues.

Grease and Fat: 

Grease and fat can solidify in sewer lines, leading to clogs and restricted flow.

Debris and Foreign Objects: 

Items such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and other debris can cause blockages in sewer lines.

Toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water and should not cause clogs in your sewer line. However, using excessive amounts of toilet paper or flushing non-flushable items can lead to blockages.

Sewer Line Replacement Timeline and Costs

The time it takes to replace a sewer line depends on several factors, including the length and depth of the sewer line, the extent of the damage, and the complexity of the project. Generally, sewer line replacement can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

The cost of sewer line replacement varies depending on factors such as the length of the sewer line, the materials used, and the complexity of the project. In general, sewer line replacement can range from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. To get an accurate estimate for your specific situation, contact B.L. James & Son Plumbing for a consultation.

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