Does My Sewer Line Need to be Replaced?
Repair or Replace: Which Is Best?
When it comes to sewer lines, the last thing you want to deal with is a backup or a leak. Your sewer line is responsible for removing all of your wastewater from your home, and when it has a problem, you know it right away. Not only does it create a big mess, but it can seriously disrupt your life. Depending on how serious the problem is, you may not be able to use a specific bathroom, or it may bring your entire plumbing system to a standstill.
So, when disaster strikes, what do you do? Below, we look at a few common sewer line problems, how they can be repaired, and how to know when it is time to replace your sewer line. Keep reading to learn more.
Common Sewer Line Issues
A major sewer line problem that many people eventually deal with is corrosion of your sewer pipe. Corrosion occurs due to harsh, corrosive substances running through your pipe. This can include cleaning solutions and naturally occurring substances found in sewage. Corrosion can cause serious problems for your sewer line, including leaks, and if ignored, can eventually cause your sewer line to break or collapse.
Other common sewer line issues include:
- Blockages and clogs
- Root intrusion
- Leaks and breaks
- Shifting or sagging pipes
- Collapsed pipes
Some sewer line problems can easily be repaired, such as mild blockages and root intrusion. These problems are typically resolved through sewer line cleaning services. Larger issues, such as a leak or broken pipe, are more difficult to repair. Depending on the location of the problem and where your sewer line is on the property, a plumber may need to dig up your sewer line to access it and make the repair. This can be messy, time-consuming, and expensive.
Review our website to learn more about common sewer line problems and their causes.
How Hydrojetting Can Help
To avoid major sewer line problems, it is always recommended that you schedule routine sewer line cleaning and maintenance. In particular, hydrojetting is a great method for keeping your sewer line clean and clear of buildup, blockages, and root intrusion. During a hydrojetting service, our plumber will shoot pressurized water through your sewer line, effectively scouring the inside of the pipe, removing clogs, and helping your sewer line drain freely again.
Depending on the material your sewer line is made from, its age, and the configuration of your property, most sewer lines should be cleaned every two to three years. Consult with one of our experienced plumbers to find out the best schedule for your situation.
Not sure when your sewer line was last cleaned? Schedule a sewer line camera inspection with us! We will send a camera into your sewer pipe and get a real-time look at its condition. From there, we can help you determine when you should schedule your next sewer line cleaning or hydrojetting service.
What to Do When Repairs Don’t Cut It
As long as your sewer line isn’t too damaged, typically, a repair is all you will need. However, in cases where the problem is severe, or the cost of a replacement exceeds the cost of laying a new sewer line, we will recommend a replacement. However, because sewer line replacements are so expensive, we always look for viable repair options first.
Signs you need a new sewer line include:
- Chronic sewer backups and leaks
- Toilets back up frequently
- Your drains are slow and gurgling
- Flooding in your yard
- The smell of sewer in and around your home
Many people are nervous about replacing their sewer lines and put it off as long as possible. While it used to be that you had to dig a significant trench through your yard to access your sewer line and replace it, we now have trenchless sewer line repair and replacement options. If you see the signs that you need a new sewer line, you should reach out to our team to discuss your options and see if a trenchless sewer replacement will work for your situation.
AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric is here to help no matter what you need. Reach out to our plumbers today to discuss your sewer line problem and how we can fix it.