Installing a Sewer Line Under a Concrete Slab

Curious about how we install a sewer line under a concrete slab? It may seem like a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and approach, it becomes a manageable and crucial aspect of building or renovating a property. In this guide, we’ll take you through the essential steps involved in installing a sewer line beneath a concrete slab, ensuring efficiency, durability, and adherence to plumbing standards.

Step 1: Preliminary Assessment

Before any excavation begins, we conduct a thorough assessment of the area to identify the path for the sewer line. Our team will take into account the layout of your property, the location of existing plumbing, and any potential obstacles that may impact the installation process.

Step 2: Obtain Necessary Permits

We ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations by obtaining the required permits for sewer line installation.

Step 3: Excavation and Trenching

Once the preliminary steps are complete, it’s time to excavate the trench for the sewer line. Using appropriate tools and machinery, our experts will carefully dig a trench along the planned route. The trench should be wide enough to accommodate the sewer line and provide room for proper backfilling.

Step 4: Install the Sewer Line

  1. Choose the Right Material:

We’ll select a durable and corrosion-resistant material for your sewer line. Common choices include PVC, ABS, or cast iron, depending on local building codes and project requirements.

  1. Achieve Proper Slope:

We’ll ensure that the sewer line maintains a consistent downward slope to facilitate the flow of wastewater. The recommended slope is typically 1/4 inch per foot for horizontal runs.

  1. Assemble the Pipe Sections:

We’ll connect the sewer line sections using appropriate fittings and connectors.

Step 5: Inspection and Testing

Before backfilling the trench, the Patriot team will conduct a thorough inspection of the installed sewer line checking for proper alignment, connections, and slope. Next, we’ll perform a pressure test to ensure the integrity of the system, identifying and addressing any leaks or issues. 

Step 6: Backfilling and Compaction

Once the sewer line passes inspection, we’ll carefully backfill the trench using the excavated soil.  

Step 7: Concrete Slab Restoration

With the sewer line securely in place, we’ll restore the concrete slab above the trench ensuring that the restored surface is level and structurally sound.

Installing a sewer line under a concrete slab demands precision and while it may be a complex process, with careful planning and the expertise of professionals, it becomes an important step in ensuring the functionality and longevity of your plumbing system. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, our team at Patriot Excavating is ready to tackle your project! Reach out today for a free quote: