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Over 15 Years of Experience

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Licensed, Insured, Bonded

Over 15 Years of Experience

Licensed, Insured, Bonded

Locally Owned & Operated

Seattle residents often face broken pipes after they age or damaged by construction and environmental factors like tree roots. At N.W. Sewer & Drain, our expert plumbers mend both residential and commercial sewer line systems. We reduce unnecessary excavations and maximize the longevity of existing sewer lines with over a decade worth of experience. Our plumbing specialists tactfully remove broken pipes from the existing system and restore them to a better than new condition. Pipe excavations are both an extensive and precise process. However, recognizing the causes of broken pipes may prevent further damages.

Signs and Symptoms of Broken Pipes

The symptoms of broken pipes are typically obvious. Seattle homeowners can curb serious sewer line damage by observing the areas around pipes that are suspected to be damaged. Sewer lines typically last for fifty years and older homes need frequent checkups from N.W. Sewer & Drain’s plumbers. If a foul odor lingers around sewage lines with standing water and your home is the target of frequent pest invasions, a plumbing emergency is signaled. Sewer pipes may rupture from earthquakes, construction, and tree roots that lead to these symptoms. Once our plumbers are employed for sewer line excavations, we begin a series of steps to mend the pipes.

Sewer Line Cameras—A Hands-Off Device that Assesses the Damage

N.W. Sewer & Drain’s plumbing experts use a sewer camera to inspect damaged pipes without removing them from the ground. The camera tunnels into sewer lines systems and finds the exact location of a pipe rupture. An access point is located before the camera enters into the pipe, reducing both time and manual labor. Afterwards, we pin-point the extent of the damage for Seattle homeowners and proceed with the excavation process. The sewer camera not only locates cracks or ruptures but alerts our plumbers to blockages. The next stage in the excavation process is hands-on pipe removal and sewer line repair.

The Pipe Excavation Process

Some Seattle homeowners prefer pipe excavation over the trenchless method due to its reliability with mending broken pipe systems and potential to scope out other busted pipes. After the sewer camera is removed from the pipe, N.W. Sewer & Drain’s plumbers open the trenches with heavy machinery to expose the sewer line. The broken pipe is then carefully removed from the sewer mains, along with other debris—such as tree roots that may have collapsed the sewer line. Depending on the extent of the damage and whether the repairs are conducted on lawns and sidewalks, the process can be extensive or minimal. When the service is completed, sewer lines will be restored and fully functioning. The advantages of pipe excavation include reliability, accuracy, and the security of knowing sewer lines are fully functioning.

N.W. Sewer & Drain Offer Versatile Services

Even though pipe excavations have many great advantages, we offer Seattle residents the option of trenchless pipe lining which is more hands-off. Unlike our competitors, we not only specialize in pipe excavation, but the full package of plumbing and pipe repairs. Contact us today for more information regarding symptoms of broken pipes, pipe repairs, or handy tips to preserve sewer lines.


Our team of experienced professionals can provide you with a variety of pipe inspection, cleaning, repair, and replacement services that can maintain, rehabilitate, and restore your pipes to their proper function.

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