Sewer Line Repair

Sewer Line Repair Service In Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Your home’s plumbing system isn’t just confined to your home it begins and ends at the street. When you have a plumbing problem it may not be inside your home but in your yard along with your sewer or water line. Residential sewer lines use grade and angles to move waste and wastewater from the home’s branch drain lines to the main sewer line and eventually into the septic or city’s main sewer waste line.

If you have a drain problem and unclogging the drain doesn’t help the issue you may have a problem with your sewer line and a repair may be needed. TLC’s plumbing experts are here for you to get your sewer repaired quickly.

TLC Sewer Line Repair Services

TLC has many options when you have a sewer line repair. Our experts can respond 24/7 to repair your sewer line quickly and efficiently.

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Excavation (Dig)


Some repairs require digging trenches to repair the pipe. Sometimes this is unavoidable and the only way to repair is to dig a trench to access the sewer line.

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Pipe Bursting


This is a trenchless repair method that involves breaking and expanding the existing buried sewer line while replacing it with a new HDPE pipe.

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Pipe Lining


This type of repair lines the old pipe with a new permanent pipe inside the old, broken line. This is the latest technology in sewer line repair and replacement.

Excavation Sewer Line Repair

TLC is licensed & experienced to perform excavation repairs in New Mexico. Excavation sewer repairs require trenches to be dug to access the sewer problem. Typically this type of repair is the most invasive and requires digging areas in your yard. But sometimes this is the only option for repair. Some older homes don’t have drain cleanouts to access the sewer line for repairs or clearing clogged drains. During the sewer repair our plumbers can install drain cleanouts to access the sewer line if you have problems in the future.

Spot Repairs

This type of repair requires a video inspection to view and pinpoint the location of the problem. A trench is dug to access the pipeline and repair the sewer line.

Sewer Tap Repairs

Sewer taps are the connections between your sewer line and the municipal sewer system. These connections can wear down over time and need replacement. A video inspection allows TLC to locate the connection and dig a small trench to replace the tap.

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Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting is less invasive than traditional repairs that require digging up your yard. The sewer line can be repaired by just digging two access points and then the new pipe is fed in and pulled through the existing pipe essentially bursting through the old pipe.

Sewer Line Repairs

Pipe bursting can be used for sewer line repairs when repairing part of the sewer line. The pipe that is being repaired must be long enough for the pipe bursting equipment to be used at both ends. If the pipe that needs to be repaired is too short we would recommend digging up the line to repair.

Under Slab Repair

When you have a sewer problem underneath the pipes in your home, pipe bursting can be used to replace or repair those pipes without tearing concrete up inside the home.

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Pipelining is the least invasive pipe repair we offer. This type of repair is a trenchless pipe repair. Pipelining consists of feeding a new pipe inside the old sewer line and sealing it within the old pipe to create a new permanent pipe within the old. Pipelining can be used to repair sections of old broken sewer lines.

Epoxy Spray Coating

Epoxy repairs are similar to pipe lining in which a video inspection identifies the broken pipe. Depending on the severity of the problem, the line is cleaned with proper equipment and coated with epoxy for a clean slick finish. This material can be used for a small crack in a single location or coating the entire sewer line.

Under Slab Repairs

Pipelining can also be used to repair and replace a pipe under the slab of your home. This option will mean there are no trenches that need to be dug to repair the sewer line under your home.

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If you need a sewer line repair, TLC will take care of the issue from start to finish.
This includes the permit process and the final inspection
Call us at (505) 761-9644
 and let us take the worry away.

What Causes Sewer Line Problems?

TLC responds to sewer line problems every day. Usually, these are emergency repairs and customers that are very frustrating and stressful for customers. Here are the most common causes of unexpected sewer problems.


Root problems are the most common cause for sewer line repairs. Tree roots will push right through the sewer pipe in search of freshwater. Eventually the roots will block the flow in the sewer pipe and crack it completely.


Orangeburg pipes were installed in communities throughout the United States in the 1970s. However, over the years these types of pipes have been found to become very brittle and have consistently failed to hold up under normal conditions. They are not installed anymore and typically have to be replaced.


Sewer line pipes have an average lifespan of about 50 years. However, over time the pipes will deteriorate. If you use liquid drain cleaners to clear clogs and slow drains the deterioration can be accelerated. Our plumbers never recommend the use of liquid drain cleaners.


New Mexico’s high summer temperatures and low winter temperatures can cause shifting in the ground which can cause the pipes to disconnect and become misaligned disrupting the sewer line.

Our Process For Sewer Line Repairs

Step 1: TLC will conduct or review a video camera inspection to locate where the line needs to be repaired. It may also be necessary for our team to clean the line before making the repair.

Step 2: TLC’s experts will conduct a site visit to determine access points and assess the following conditions:

  • Water meter locations
  • Dry utilities
  • Gas mainline
  • Water mainline
  • Landscaping
  • Elevation changes, etc.

Step 3: TLC will provide an inspection report and an estimate with options.

Step 4: Customer approval prior to starting any work.

Step 5: Schedule the work and TLC will order the materials and call in line location

Step 6: TLC technicians will perform the work.

Step 7: Once our work is complete we will coordinate city inspections.

Step 8: TLC’s plumbers will communicate with you the customer and ensure that all expectations were met and review the invoice. Our expert should also review the warranty with the customer and collect payment.

TLC has been repairing sewer lines for over 30 years and we will be here for another 30+ years to stand behind our work. Give TLC the opportunity to evaluate your sewer repair needs at (505) 761-9644!

Sewer Repair Frequently Asked Questions

Sewer repairs happen unexpectedly and need to be repaired as soon as issues are discovered. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions our experts receive about repairs.

Types of pipe and related sewer repair issues

Clay Tile Pipe (VCP) is the most susceptible to root infiltration. Typically in clay tile pipes roots enter the line through the joints or couplings. It is a good idea to do regular sewer cleaning and rid the pipe of roots. If maintenance is not followed to prevent root growth the pipes will begin to crack ultimately causing the pipes to fail.

Asbestos Cement Pipe (AC) is similar to VCP pipes in that tree roots can infiltrate easily. If you have it inspected and maintained you can extend the life of the line.

Cast Iron Pipe (CI) is prone to rust and corrosion, if the corrosion becomes severe the pipe may collapse entirely. We recommend you have an annual video inspection to spot problems early. If you have an older home you may need a video inspection every 6 months. If cracks or holes in the line are identified early enough repairs can be made to avoid a collapse.

Bituminized Fiber Pipe (“Orangeburg”) is very brittle and has a tendency to fail more frequently than other types of pipe. Replacement is your only option when this type of pipe starts to fail.

Plastic PVC is the most common type of sewer pipes installed today. The most common problems we see are due to poor workmanship or improper installation. A good camera inspector will be able to spot any problems.

7 Signs You May Need A Sewer Line Repair

Sewer line problems are messy, frustrating, and expensive. Understanding the signs may help you avoid a major backup in your home. If you see any of these signs it’s probably a good idea to call TLC to evaluate further. We always offer free estimates on sewer line repair and replacements.

  1. Clogs & Backups: Frequent clogs and backups could be a sign that your sewer line is slowing down.
  2. Slow Drains: Frequent slow drains or gurgling noises when you flush the toilet might point to a bigger problem.
  3. Odors: If you have a sewer problem you may notice foul odors around the drains in your home.
  4. Mold Growth: Even small amounts of mold growth may point to a problem in your sewer line.
  5. Unusual Spots in Landscaping: If you notice consistent wet spots or indentations in your yard it is worth getting it checked out.
  6. Rodent or Insect Infestation: This could be a sign that these unwanted guests found entry into your home through a cracked sewer line in the crawl space.
  7. Home Inspection Failed: If you had an inspection and they found any low areas (aka) belly, offset pipes, tree roots, grease build-up, cracking, or collapsed pipe could mean you have a problem.

Trust TLC with your sewer line repair

TLC offers a full range of sewer repair services, it doesn’t matter how big or small your break or blockage is, we have the experience and resources to make the repair quickly. TLC stands behind all of our work with a 100% Make It Right Guarantee.

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