Sewer Repair in Peterson Park

Peterson Park Sewer Repair: Excavating in the Basement

Sewer Excavation

Sewer excavation is a tedious process that involves tearing into the ground to expose a broken sewer pipe. Most times, homeowners do not even know they are in need of sewer repair until they notice sewage backing up into their basements.

A sewer line break can be caused by many factors such as tree roots, ground shifts, or weather damage. A sewer repair job can be complicated if not done correctly due to its close proximity with other structures such as water mains and gas pipes outside of a building’s foundation wall.

It takes careful planning to avoid causing damage during this process, which can require additional repairs on top of what was originally intended if done incorrectly.

Tips Homeowners Should Know Before Starting A Sewer Repair Project

Below we will provide you with a few factual tips every homeowner should know before a sewer line repair.

  • Research your plumbing company diligently. Be sure to check reviews and work. A reputable company is not afraid to show off the work they have done. You should never hire a company that is unwilling to provide important information about their qualifications, experience, and certifications.
  • Know your sewer line’s location. Your local municipality will be able to provide you with a detailed blueprint of where the main sewer connects to your home. This will give your rescue plumber a general idea of the location of your pipe and what may potentially need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Ensure there are no gas lines near your home’s foundation wall before starting any repair project, as these pipes might accidentally get damaged during the excavation process – if so then additional costs arise from repairing those damages too (think: clean up fees).
Sewer Repair in Peterson Park

Peterson Park Sewer Repair

This job was completed in the amazing Peterson Park neighborhood in Chicago. 

The Rescue team was originally called out to inspect a basement floor drain back up. Upon arrival, we power rodded the main sewer and were able to unblock the backed-up water. With the water out of the way, we were able to perform a camera inspection in the sewer to see what was causing the backup. 

What we discovered was really bad, the sewer pipe was severed in half, causing a huge backup. The prior repair job was done very unprofessionally. Instead of replacing the entire pipe as it should have been, the plumbing company cheaply used cement as a temporary repair patch. 

At that point, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job.

Sewer Repair in Peterson Park

Peterson Park Pipe Excavation

The team was forced to excavate in the basement to expose the pipe.

The cement had collapsed onto itself, obstructing the flow of water and causing a backup into the basement.

The team worked tirelessly, excavating the basement floor and slowly removing layers of cement. One by one, we pulled out those nasty pieces until we were able to expose the entire pipe.

The team replaced the pipe, making sure it would hold for years to come.

Our job was complete, we left everything as tidy as when we started so that there wouldn’t be any confusion about what had been done or how long it took us.

Sewer Repair in Peterson Park

Another Day Another Rescue!

In conclusion, We discovered the root of the problem and exposed a poorly performed plumbing job. We re-piped the broken sewer line and got everything flowing perfectly again.   

As experts in our field, it is imperative for our plumbers to go above and beyond, setting a new standard of professionalism.

If there are any areas where you would like us to focus our attention in regards to a particular service we offer, please feel free to contact us at (773) 799-8848 or email directly at

We’re always happy to answer questions about how to best navigate through complicated plumbing issues such as sewer line maintenance, so don’t hesitate to give us a buzz!


There are several factors to consider when calculating the typical life span of a sewer line. What material your pipes are made of, age, and proximity to trees, are a handful of variables to consider. Sewer lines older than 40 years old, will more most likely need replacing. If you are concerned about your pipes, we recommend regular inspections to ensure the integrity of your sewer pipelines. Inspections are a great way to avoid and prevent costly sewer line repairs.

Sewer laterals are the responsibility of the homeowner. Sewer laterals are the underground pipes that connect your home to the main sewer. Homeowners are responsible for their sewer laterals, while problems to the public sewer main line are managed by the city or municipality.

Every insurance policy is unique and can change from homeowner to homeowner. Most insurance policies will not cover sewer line repaired incurred due to natural causes, however, some insurance will cover a percentage related to drain and sewer damage. It’s important to check your policy and talk to your agent if you are not sure.

It may come as a surprise, but the most common cause for sewer repair services are tree roots. Tree root systems need vital nutrients for supplementation and are very efficient at finding water. The problem is, they often find their source of supplementation in your sewer lines. Sewer lines can provide trees with the proper nutrients they need to grow and prosper, at the expense of the homeowner of course.

The most common type of sewer backup is from clogged pipes. The blockage may be caused by a number of items including broken pipelines, fat or oil that has been poured down drains; food particles like grease and rice; pieces of paper towels or wadded tissues which have not been disposed of properly. In the end, sewer backups all correlate back to some form of pipe way obstruction.

The best course of action for a homeowner is to contact their insurance provider to see if the damage is covered by insurance. The second is to call Rescue Plumbing right away. We can send out a licensed plumber to assess the problem. If there are any damages or issues that need attention, they will let you know what needs doing and how much it would cost before proceeding.

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