When it comes to your home's plumbing system, the sewer line is arguably the most important component. It carries all of the waste and wastewater out of your home and into the municipal sewer system. However, sewer line issues can be very frustrating and costly. This blog post will discuss five common sewer line issues and how a plumber can fix them.
Clogs are one of the most common sewer line issues. They can be caused by anything from flushing inappropriate items down the toilet to tree roots invading your pipes. A plumber can use a sewer camera inspection to locate the clog and then use tools like a drain snake or hydro jetter to clear it. In some cases, your plumber may recommend sewer line replacement.
Another common sewer line issue is cracks. This can be caused by shifting soil, aging pipes, or invading tree roots. A skilled plumber possesses the expertise to identify the precise origin of the crack and provide professional insights on whether sewer line repair or replacement is necessary. Depending on the extent of the damage, a trenchless method may be used for the repair, which avoids the need for extensive digging.
A bellied pipe is one that has sunk into the ground, creating a low spot where waste can be collected. This issue can be caused by shifting soil or poor installation. A plumber can use a sewer camera inspection to locate the low spot and then recommend sewer line repair or replacement. Trenchless methods can be used to repair the low spot instead of excavation.
If your sewer line pipes are misaligned, it can cause blockages and backups. This can be caused by shifting soil or poor installation. A plumber can use a sewer camera inspection to locate the misaligned area and then recommend sewer line repair. Trenchless methods can be used to reposition the pipe, avoiding excavation.
Over time, sewer line pipes can corrode and deteriorate. This issue is more common in older homes with older sewer lines. A skilled plumber can conduct a thorough sewer camera inspection to pinpoint corroded sections, providing valuable insights for recommending appropriate repairs or replacement of the sewer line. If there are only a few areas of corrosion, these can be repaired using a trenchless method.
Sewer line issues can be very frustrating and can also lead to costly repairs. However, by staying aware of the five common sewer line issues discussed in this blog post, you can be proactive in identifying potential problems before they become major issues. And, if you do experience a sewer line issue, remember that a plumber can provide a range of solutions, from sewer line repair to replacement, using trenchless methods to minimize excavation and damage to your property. Don't hesitate to call a plumber at the first sign of trouble – they can help you save money and avoid problems down the line.
When you have a plumber come work on your home, we hope you thank them. Really, you should be thanking any contractor who works on your home, but we are a little partial to plumbers and happen to think they deserve a little more recognition. After all, the stuff inside the pipes they work on doesn't usually smell very good. And even though they wear gloves, they have to get pretty close to it! If you would like to learn a little more about plumbers, then we invite you to read this blog. After learning the basics, you'll really want to thank your plumbers!