What Homeowners Should Know About Drainage Excavation

Drainage issues are something many homeowners face at one point or another. You may notice constant drainage backup issues or issues with pooling water on our property. You may also notice issues that are affecting other areas of your household plumbing, including septic or sewer lines. When this happens your plumber will begin to examine the issues. In the worst-case scenarios, they may mention drainage excavation. Here are some key points to know so you are better informed when this issue becomes a reality.

Older Drains

One of the reasons your plumber needs to use drainage excavation is due to old pipes. Keep in mind, excavation is generally a last resort. This will not be the first thing the plumber will do. However, if the pipes are older there may be issues with rust or damage that is causing the drainage problems. This means your plumber will need to go in and excavate the area. When they do this they may find multiple issues that will cause the drainage system to be removed and a new one put in. This can take several days, however, you will be notified and given the choice of scheduling for a later date if it can wait that long. 

Land Assessment

When it is clear that a drainage excavation is the only option, your plumber team will perform a land assessment. This is to make sure that there are no major issues preventing the excavation from happening. These issues could be with other residential drainage, with city plumbing, or with other issues that may require permits of some kind. The plumbers are also looking for any topographical issues that may become a problem, like natural lakes or streams and rock formations. 


A tool that many plumbers use when it comes to drainage excavation is CCTV. This will let them know exactly where the issues are, how many there are, and what they will need to do once the plumbing is excavated. This is also a technique that helps during the land assessment stages to determine how far and how deep the excavation will need to be. In addition to these key points for using CCTV, the cameras can also show the extent of the damage currently and if it is affecting other areas of your plumbing. 

If your plumber mentions drainage excavation, do not panic. They will explain what they will have to do and answer any questions you have. Keep in mind that this type of service is generally only used when there are no other options available to fix the drainage problem. You may also have additional plumbing that needs to be done after the excavation is complete. 

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