Ask an Austin Drain Cleaner: When is Excavation Necessary?

If you are one of those Austin homeowners that doesn’t give a second thought to the state of their sewers and drains, tree roots could soon become your worst enemy. Left to their own devices, tree roots can quickly overpower your sewer line and quite literally choke it into submission. In some unfortunate cases of extreme neglect, large amounts of debris are allowed to accumulate to the point where cabling takes an excessive amount of time to complete.

If a half hour’s worth of cabling clears away minimal debris, but fails to actually open the line for proper flow to resume, it’s time to make some important decisions. When we cable problematic drain lines and continually run into an obstruction, we will typically pull out our cables and re-attempt the process several times before we begin to weigh the values of excavation as a drain cleaning solution. Now, this is always a last resort for us, but the unfortunate truth is that some drain clogs are too far gone or stubborn to be resolved through less invasive means.

You Know You Need Excavation If:

  • The cable is pulled out of the line for inspection and mud, clay or a shiny surface is found on the cutting head. When a sewer line does break, rain and groundwater will often wash mud and clay into the line, causing or contributing to an obstruction. This is a common indication that the line itself is collapsed, punctured or otherwise damaged and therefore can likely only be repaired with excavation.
  • When a drain lines collapses, shears or tree root infestation is too widespread, the only reliable solution is excavation, followed by partial or complete replacement of the entire line.

Excavation should always be a last resort to the experienced drain cleaner. We always strive not to disturb your property unless we determine it is the absolute only way to solve your drain problems.

Call Radiant Plumbing today to learn more or to schedule an in-home consultation.

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