Can every Sewer be lined? No they
can not, if the existing sewer has a major bellie (meaning the pipe sinks
then comes back up holding water) then relining the pipe will just reproduce
So if my sewer has a bellie sewer
lining is out of the question? It goes on a case by case basis, a little bellie
in the side sewer may be acceptable because the lining material will have
less friction than the original concrete or clay pipe and may let solids slide
on by! But if it is a major bellie then lining should be avoided. The installer
must make the determination based on using a camera in the line.
Have you ever seen a Seattle Sewer
that had been lined when it should not have? Yes unfortunately we have. Greed
or just plain poor workmanship happen in every industry and Lining Seattle
Side Sewers is no exception.
Is there any other problems you have
seen on Lined sewers? Yes the other thing that we have seen is someone lining
the sewer but not cutting in the other lines to the homes downspouts leaving
them not working. Some cities allow downspouts to be tied into the sewer line
and others do not. Nothing worse than having your sewer fixed then having
a wet basement down the road.
Are there any other problems that
could happen from having my sewer relined? Yes though rare basement flooding
or sink holes can occur after any sewer repair has been done in Seattle. If
the old sewer was separated at the joints (usually in many places) then besides
letting liquids out it may also have been letting them in! So it was acting
like a french drain and taking the water below the surface away to the city
sewer system. This an aspect that Seattle Drain Service takes into account
when reviewing your homes sewer system. We are not just a sewer repair contractor
but also a drainage contractor so we can handle these problems if they happen.
Now you have me scared no other contractor
has mentioned this, What would have to be done? Well we would determine the
source of the water, then recommend a solution like adding a real french drain,
a catch basin, or a pump maybe a combination of these methods. Every Job is
different and must be looked at closely. Again this is rare but does happen
and would happen rather a trenchless sewer was installed or a regular excavation
method. We have videos available for people to watch what is happening in
a bad sewer after a major rainfall or when snow is melting.
What lining system does Seattle Drain
Service Use? We install a system called LMK Performance liner made by LMK
Why should I use LMK vs. another
system or care? We could have chosen many other systems available but chose
LMK lining for several reasons that set us above the rest of the lining contractors
out there in Seattle.
LMK uses a sewer camera port on their
machine so that a camera can be used to make sure the liner is in the right
location prior to curing. Others must wait till it is cured only to find out
it was in the wrong position. A big advantage to us and the customer.
LMK's Liner can be installed through
an existing cleanout most of the time while other systems need to excavate
a hole to access the sewer. (not really a trenchless install if you have to
The LMK system has a major advantage
in that it can be stopped and started any place we choose, so if there is
a connection to the sewer 20 feet down the line we can line to that spot,
stop and then restart another liner past that connection this will save money
to the customer because others would have to dig up that spot or send in a
expensive cutter to get that connection working again. Granted it adds time
to the job but having the option is better than not having the option.
Based on friends that have been installers
of other systems and have switched to the LMK system we knew the LMK liner system
made the best choice for us and our customers.
We will add to this faq as questions
are asked or if we feel there are things the public should know. Feel free to
contact us by phone @ 206-632-8069 or email any questions to us at