While fixing clogged pipes may be straightforward for a competent plumber, some issues can only be solved with excavation work. Though it may be more invasive to your property, the extra labor ensures that all repairs are performed properly and will stand the test of time. Here are some common indicators that this additional work will be required during your plumber’s next visit.

Do You Need Plumbing Excavation?

1. Sinkholes or Lush Grass in the Yard

If you have a leaking sewer line, you won’t be able to see the problem without digging up your yard. However, the water coming out of your pipes can cause sinkholes or indentations in your yard.

Leaking wastewater can also fuel plant growth, resulting in patches of grass that are unusually bright and vibrant. If you suspect damaged plumbing, observe your front lawn for any sudden changes.

2. Poor Soil Conditions

excavationShifting soil can damage pipes and sewer lines, especially during a winter freeze-thaw cycle. Excavation will be required to access problem areas and protect the plumbing from future damage. Additional trenching and soil work will typically be performed to reduce the impact of the surrounding soil on the repaired pipes.

3. Tree Root Invasion

If you have trees on your property, you should be mindful of how they can affect your pipes. If your plumber determines that the blockages are the result of tree root growth, excavation will be required.

Special machinery will need to be used to remove the invading roots, and in many cases, the intruded section of the pipe will have to be replaced. You may also need to consider removing the tree to avoid future problems.


Whether you need help with excavation or more straightforward problems, you can turn to Lammel Plumbing Inc. in Beatrice, NE. Serving Gage County since 1947, their licensed team provides expert repairs for businesses and homeowners alike. To learn more about what they can do for you, visit them online or call (402) 223-4132.