Stumped as to why your drains aren’t in good shape in your residential or commercial property? There could be many factors that contribute to your recurring sewer line issues. Even the most well-maintained systems are subject to develop faults as decades old materials eventually break down or perform less efficiently over time. When this happens, you’d want to consider having a new drain line replacement to get the issue over with in the soonest possible time.

Here’s a how-to guide on proper pipe and sewer replacement.

Before you begin, it’s absolutely important that you (and your assistant) wear gloves, goggles and protective gear anytime you do plumbing work. You can also don a plastic sheet so your clothes won’t get wet in the process.

You can choose between ABS, or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene material or PVC, or polyvinyl chloride as replacement for your sewer pipes. ABS often comes in black, while PVC often comes in white or blue. The most common diameters for residential plastic pipes are somewhere between 1 and a half inches up to 4 inches.

DIY Sewer and Pipe Drain Replacement

Step 1

Cut the section of the pipe you wish to replace. Have your assistant hold the pipe as you do the cutting. Cast iron pipes will need specialized equipment in the form of a cast iron snapping tool. Sewer drain pipes made of plastic or copper can be cut using a hacksaw. Steel pipes are best cut using an electric saber saw. Even out the edges for a smooth fit.

Step 2

Replace with a new pipe according to the exact length and dimension as the old pipe. Install rubber connecting couplings on the open holes of your existing pipe structure. Slide them down so they connect the sections where the new pipe and the existing pipe system firmly and securely.

Step 3

Clean the drain pipe with a fine grit sandpaper before installation. Apply glue to the top interior part of the coupler. Sewer drains will have to slant downwards to where you wish to have sewage flow.

PVC pipes will need to have a primer applied to the exterior of the pipe and in the plastic hub fittings. Apply the PVC cement, then hold the fittings and the piping together for a while. ABS pipes will need ABS cement in order to fuse properly.

Better Leave it to the Professionals

We wish there was a simple way to replace your sewer pipes. That is why you are better off hiring a licensed professional technician to ensure the right process and steps are observed. Some possible problems that could arise in an improper installation are leaking and inefficient drainage.  It could also be the cause of an even more catastrophic event that could put you in great inconvenience!

Call Trenchless Pipe Repairs to have your drain replacement done right and completed in the most efficient manner. We use only the most advanced equipment and the latest trenchless methods to bring you a permanent solution that will serve you and your home for years to come.