Many of the plumbing issues homeowners or businesses work with consist of leaky connections, issues with water pressure, or failed plumbing in the walls. Basically, when the water comes into the house. Because water is constantly under pressure, there are tell-tale signs of trouble.
Water leaking from the base of a kitchen sink. A faucet dripping all night. Or waking up to a bathroom fixture that sprays water when you try to use it. On the flip side, problems with sewer pipes taking the wastewater away are harder to investigate. And if there’s an issue with the sewer line itself, it could be months before it’s discovered.
Sewer Repair Warning Signs
When will you know you need sewer line repair? The largest indication there’s a problem with your sewer line is a dip or depression in the yard. This happens when there’s been a leak of some sort along the sewer line releasing large amounts of water.
The water than loosens the dirt, which affects the stability of the area. This could take some time to materialize and you may not notice it at first. Over time, that depression will get bigger and more obvious. At this point, you’ll have a big mess on your hands.
When a sewer line completely breaks, either through age or a suddenly damaged pipe, a sinkhole could appear. While this is an immediate sign, it will also need immediate attention. It could even require turning the water main enough to prevent any more damage.
At some point, the sewer line problems start to find their way into the home. Toilets that don’t flush, sinks that slowly drain, and shower pans that fill up with water during the course of bathing. If the drain lines are otherwise clear, a backed-up sewer is most likely the cause.
What Causes Sewer Line Damage?
While almost anything can damage a sewer line, there are three main culprits. What materials the sewer system is made of, the age of the sewer line, and tree roots in search of moisture. In some cases, the three even work together to create a broken sewer line.
Homes built more than 60 years ago are good examples of this. The sewer line leading away from the home was usually made of clay or cast iron and trees on the lot have been establishing themselves for decades. The roots find their way into little cracks, joints, and other openings then begin to grow.
As roots get larger, pressure builds on the edges of the pipe. The pipes eventually crumble and now the homeowner is left to deal with the consequent sewer problems. Even if the pipe doesn’t burst, tree roots can cause blockages that are near impossible to completely remove from anywhere other than the source.
Sewer Line Services and Repairs
At Rowe Plumbing and Drain, our first goal is to identify the problem. We’ll the scope the sewer lines of the home as well as the buried line until we locate the issue. In some cases, the blockages can be removed via a clearout, a cost-effective solution.
In the case of a sewer line replacement, there are a few options available. These include pipe relining, trenchless sewer repair or trenchless sewer line replacement, or just replacing the section of the sewer line that needs attention.
Rowe Plumbing and Drain pride ourselves on being able to present appropriate solutions for our customers. We take everything into account when it comes to sewer pipe repairs, such as cost, time, and immediacy.
Once the line has been repaired or replaced, there are steps you can to increase the life of the sewer line. Regular maintenance of the pipes to deal with recurring issues, such as tree roots, can keep your lines clean and save you time and money in the long run.
We offer maintenance programs to keep your lines free of tree roots, obstacles, and other blockages. Inside the home, we offer hydro-jetting services that remove clogs professionally, cleanly, and safely. But drain cleaning is just one of the services we provide our Clark County clients.
Rowe Plumbing and Drain also services, repairs, and installs gas and electric water heaters, replaces bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and offers emergency services for your home or business. Concerned that a slow leak may mean a big problem? Contact us and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem.