Newton, MA Sewer Replacement

Newton, MA Sewer Replacement

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MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement MillTown Gravel and Backfill Dump Truck

Dealing with sewer issues can be a homeowner’s nightmare, and when it happens, you need a trusted and reliable plumber to fix the problem quickly and efficiently. But not just any plumber – sewer repair and replacement requires special equipment, so choosing the right company is imperative to the turnout. That’s why MillTown Plumbing is here to help you out with any sewer replacement needs. Recently, we had a job in Newton, MA, where a homeowner experienced backed-up drains and toilets. Upon inspection, we found that the old, clay sewer pipe was misaligned, causing a blockage. There was also a potential crack caused by nearby tree roots growing into the pipe. It was clear that this Newton, MA homeowner needed complete sewer replacement. We knew that there would be no way to repair the old pipe without destroying it due to the massive blockage and misalignment. Additionally, the misalignment was potentially what instigated the clog. Complete sewer replacement was absolutely necessary to alleviate any alignment issues. 

Diagnosing Backed-Up Drains

If you’re experiencing backed-up drains or toilets, it’s important to get to the root of the problem as soon as possible. Ignoring the issue can cause further damage and potential health hazards. When this Newton, MA homeowner called MillTown Plumbing, we sent out a diagnostic technician to inspect any issues so that we could 

Sewer Camera Inspection

One of the most effective ways to diagnose the issue is through a sewer camera inspection. This process involves inserting a small camera into the sewer line to assess the condition of the pipe. The camera sends real-time footage to a monitor where a technician can identify any blockages, misalignments, cracks, or other issues. With this technology, technicians can quickly identify the source of the problem and recommend the best solution.

Signs You Need Sewer Line Replacement

There are a few telltale signs that you need a sewer line replacement. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to call a professional plumber right away:

  • Slow or gurgling drains throughout your home
  • Foul odors coming from your drains or yard
  • Standing water or sewage backup in your bathtub or toilet
  • Multiple drains clogging at once
  • Mold or mildew growth in your home

A damaged sewer line can be dangerous to not only the environment but your family and home. It is critical if you notice any of the above issues that you call MillTown Plumbing for sewer repair as soon as possible.

Causes of Sewer Line Damage

Sewer line damage requiring repair or replacement can be caused by a variety of factors. These factors include:

  1. Age and normal wear: Sewer lines deteriorate over time, especially in older properties. The materials used in older sewer lines, such as clay or cast iron, can corrode, crack, or collapse with age.
  2. Tree root infiltration: Tree roots are attracted to the moisture and nutrients inside sewer lines. As roots grow, they can penetrate small cracks or joints in the pipes, causing blockages and damage.
  3. Ground shifting: Shifting soil or ground movement can put pressure on sewer lines, leading to cracks, misalignment, or breaks. This can happen due to factors like soil erosion, earthquakes, or construction activities in the vicinity.
  4. Grease and debris buildup: Improper disposal of fats, oils, and grease down drains can result in the accumulation of sticky substances inside the pipes. Over time, this buildup can restrict the flow and eventually cause blockages and damage.
  5. Pipe corrosion: Certain environmental factors, such as acidic soil conditions or chemical exposure, can corrode sewer pipes. Corrosion weakens the pipe material, making it prone to leaks, fractures, or collapse.
  6. Heavy usage and clogs: Excessive use of the sewer system or flushing inappropriate items down the toilet or drains can cause clogs. These blockages create pressure within the pipes, leading to cracks, leaks, or burst pipes.
  7. Construction and excavation: During construction or excavation near sewer lines, accidental damage can occur if proper precautions are not taken. Heavy machinery, digging equipment, or even shifting soil can cause direct physical damage to the pipes.
  8. Freezing temperatures: In regions with cold climates, frozen ground and extreme temperatures can cause water inside the pipes to freeze and expand, leading to cracks or bursts in the sewer lines.

Benefits of Replacing Your Sewer Line

Replacing your sewer line may seem like a daunting task, but it can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Here are a few benefits of sewer line replacement:

  • Improved water flow: A new sewer line will improve water flow and prevent clogs, backups, and slow drains.
  • Increased home value: A new sewer line is an investment in your home that can increase its value and appeal to potential buyers.
  • Enhanced health and safety: Sewage backups and leaks can pose serious health hazards to you and your family. Replacing your sewer line ensures the safety of your home and environment.
  • Lower repair costs: Constant repairs and maintenance on an old sewer line can add up quickly. A new sewer line eliminates the need for constant repairs and reduces future costs.

By recognizing the signs of sewer line issues and investing in a professional sewer line replacement, you can prevent further damage and improve the safety and functionality of your home’s plumbing system.

Newton, MA Misaligned Sewer Replacement Process

To begin the process, permits must be pulled and inspections must be scheduled with the City of Newton. Fortunately for you, MillTown takes care of that process for you. Otherwise, this sewer replacement in Newton, MA was initially challenging due to the location. Newton is a suburb outside of Boston with tight streets, so getting the equipment in place required a police detail, courtesy of the Newton Police Department.

Marking the sewer line and where to excavate

To start this process, lines were marked on the pavement to identify where the excavator should dig. Previously, there were marks made to identify where the sewer pipe was run. These marks were made by the plumbing technician who diagnosed the issue, and the dig lines were made roughly 15 inches from the center.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Painting Excavation Guidelines
Painting Excavation Guidelines

A specialized blade and circular saw was used to cut through the pavement once the lines were marked. These cuts were made to prevent additional damage to the pavement once the excavator began digging the trench for the sewer line replacement.

Cutting Pavement
Cutting Pavement

Sewer line excavation

The Newton Police Detail was extremely useful when MillTown Plumbing needed to unload the excavator. Stopping traffic was extremely important, as this Newton, MA client was near a busy intersection.

Unloading Excavator
Unloading Excavator

The excavator made quick work of the excavation and digging out the misaligned sewer line. It was able to get the pavement, dirt, and rocks out of the way easily.

Excavating Pavement
Excavating Pavement

Once the damaged sewer line was reached, MillTown’s excavation crew dug the rest of the way to clear out a space to lay the new pipe.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Digging To Find Old Sewer Line
Digging To Find Old Sewer Line
MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Removing Old Sewer Line
Removing Old Sewer Line

Newton, MA sewer line replacement

For this job, we replaced the old 6” clay sewer pipe with SDR sewer pipe. We also added a PVC Y-pipe to add a sewer cleanout near the home. 

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement SDR Sewer Line
SDR Sewer Line

To replace the old hub section of the iron 4” main-drain sewer pipe, we used a sawzall to cut it out. A new PVC segment was then measured and cut to join a 3” Y-pipe with a sewer cleanout. 

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Cutting PVC Segment
Cutting PVC Segment

To connect the SDR sewer pipe to the main sewer line, we cut off the old clay sewer pipe hub, then connected the pipes using rubber couplers. We used duck butter to lubricate the pipes as they were joined.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Sewer Line Rubber Couplers
Sewer Line Rubber Couplers

Sewer line testing and inspection

After the installation, we tested the pipe functionality by running water through the cleanout and checking it at the sewer manhole. A city sewer inspector came to approve the work, ensuring that everything was up to code. The correct couplers were applied correctly, the pitch (or angle) of the pipe was correct, and the correct pipe size was used.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Testing Sewer Line
Testing Sewer Line

Filling in the trench

One of MillTown’s dump trucks brough gravel to this Newton, MA client’s home. Gravel helps prevent erosion underneath the pipe by creating a more stable base for the sewer line. Erosion under the sewer line causes it to become misaligned, potentially what caused this homeowner’s original issue. 

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Gravel Backfill
Gravel Backfill

After the gravel was filled, we backfilled the trench with old dirt.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Smoothing Out Dirt Backfill
Smoothing Out Dirt Backfill

Once the trench was mostly backfilled with the excavator, MillTown’s sewer and excavation crew compacted it in layers until it was completely filled in.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Compacting Backfill
Compacting Backfill

Since there was a lot of dirt moved around, MillTown Plumbing cleaned up the driveway of all remaining backfill and asphalt.

MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Dirt Backfill Cleanup
Dirt Backfill Cleanup
MillTown Plumbing Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Compacted Backfill Pre-Paving
Compacted Backfille Pre-Paving

To complete the job, MillTown laid new asphalt over the affected area the next day, leaving it looking as good as new.

Maintenance for Sewer Line Replacements

Maintaining a new sewer line is essential to ensure its longevity and prevent costly repairs. Here are some tips for maintaining a new sewer line:

  1. Be mindful of what you flush: Avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Items like paper towels, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, or grease can cause clogs and damage the sewer line.
  2. Proper kitchen waste disposal: Dispose of cooking grease, oils, and fats in a separate container and throw them in the trash. Do not pour them down the kitchen sink, as they can solidify and cause blockages in the sewer line.
  3. Regular inspections: Schedule regular inspections of the sewer line by a professional plumber. They can use video cameras to inspect the interior of the pipes, identify any potential issues, and address them before they become major problems.
  4. Tree planting considerations: If you’re planting trees or shrubs near your sewer line, choose species with non-invasive root systems. Alternatively, consult with an arborist or landscaping professional to determine the best location for planting trees, considering the proximity to the sewer line.
  5. Avoid heavy machinery near sewer lines: If you’re planning any construction or excavation work near your property, ensure that the sewer line is well-marked and protected. Heavy machinery can accidentally damage or crush the pipes, causing severe problems.
  6. Drain cleaning: Periodically clean your drains using natural drain cleaners or enzymatic cleaners to prevent the buildup of grease, debris, and organic matter. Follow the instructions provided with the cleaner and avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the pipes.
  7. Proper landscaping practices: Direct water runoff away from the sewer line to prevent excessive moisture and soil erosion. Ensure proper grading and drainage around the property to avoid water pooling near the sewer line.
  8. Educate household members: Instruct everyone in your household about proper sewer line usage. Teach them what can and cannot be flushed or poured down drains, as well as the importance of regular maintenance.

Remember, even with proper maintenance, sewer line issues can still occur. If you notice any signs of trouble, such as slow drains, foul odors, or unusual sounds, it’s crucial to address them promptly by contacting the expert sewer professionals at MillTown Plumbing.

Newton, MA Sewer Replacement Contractor

Here at MillTown, we provide cost-effective, permanent solutions to keep your home in tip-top shape. We commit to your satisfaction and offer high-quality, same-day service. Our technicians are clean, courteous, and respectful of your home. It is why Massachusetts and New Hampshire homeowners have trusted us for over 35 years. Contact MillTown today if you are a local Newton homeowner interested in sewer repair, replacement, or cleaning!

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