Your sewer laterals can be affected just like any sewer pipe in your system. It can get clogged, invaded by roots from nearby trees, and backup wastewater. Laterals are just a little trickier to maintain, and for this reason you’ll need to have your sewer lateral cleaned regularly.

As a general rule, we recommend lateral cleaning and checkups at least once every year. In some cases, you can get away with every two years, but it will depend on these factors:

  • Age of your residential or commercial property.
  • The number of bushes and trees in your house.
  • The kind of items that go down your drain.
  • The kind of items that go down the toilet.
  • The pipe diameter- the lesser its size, the more potential of clogging.

Signs You May Need Lateral Cleaning

The first step is finding out whether you’ll need a lateral cleaning. The most obvious plumbing signs are when backup occurrences are happening more often, when there’s sewer-like smell coming from the drain and toilets, and when there’s a gurgling noise coming from your pipes. Cleaning is needed ASAP when you find your basement flooded with wastewater!

There are 3 ways to carry out sewer lateral cleanings. Knowing the pros and cons of each will tell you which one is best for your particular sewer issue.


This type of lateral cleaning is mainly done when there are blockages in the pipes. A metal contraption is utilized and pushed into the problem pipe to break up the accumulation of waste materials, hopefully allowing water to flow back to the sewer line system. Older pipes can be cleared out this way without causing damage to the pipelines.

Mechanical Auger

A mechanical auger is best when you suspect tree roots are the problem. An auger consists of a row of steel teeth, much like saw blades with a rotating spiral head on top. The rotating action is very effective in cutting out the most stubborn tree roots, but the cleaning proceeds to the next stage. A chemical root removal may be needed so the roots stop invading your sewer line.

Hydro-jetting Process

If your pipes can withstand high pressure, then hydrojetting proves to be the best way to clean your lateral lines. A hydro-jetter is a powerful cleaning tool that can churn out concentrated jets of water of up to 4,000 PSI. This pressurized water can effectively eliminate any type of blockage that’s accumulated inside your sewer line’s walls. It can break up calcified matter, tree roots and sludge.

Homeowners and businesses alike can count on us to have their sewer lines checked for possible issues. AK Pipe Lining Co. will make sure your sewer lines are properly cleaned towards improved flow and zero backups. Our excellent services include a comprehensive sewer line inspection using the latest tools and advanced equipment. Our professional technicians will determine the root of your sewer problem and present you with the best trenchless solution possible.

Call us now to get your sewer lateral cleaned by the best plumbing company in the area. We do the job quickly so you can get back to your day ASAP!