Your sewer line is the main course your wastewater takes to leave your home. When there is an issue with your piping system, it can cause many different problems, the worst of which is the backup of raw sewage in your home. This is not only detrimental to your health, but it is also costly to repair and clean. If you are in the Summerville or Charleston, SC area, Delk Plumbing, Inc. is your reliable plumbing company ready to help with any sewer line needs. Whether you need to repair a damaged sewer line or are looking for full replacement, you can count on our plumbing contractors for help.
Clogs in your sewer line or main water line can be difficult to dislodge. Hydro jetting is typically the best answer! Take a look at some warning signs you need this procedure done right away.
Reasons Your Sewer Line May Need Repairs
For the most part, the sewer line does not break for no apparent reason. There is usually a catalyst for the issue. The reasons behind the repair, however, can vary from not doing proper maintenance to earthquakes and anything in between.
With that being said, take a look at some of the most common reasons for sewer line repair.
- Age: Aging pipes will begin to corrode and show signs of damage. This will happen naturally over time, but it will eventually call for professional assistance.
- Maintenance: Sewer lines that have not had the proper maintenance over the years are far more likely to need repairs than if it had been taken care of properly.
- Blockages: The build-up of debris such as hair, dirt, soap scum, and mineral deposits can all cause repairs in your sewer line. Also, more foreign objects such as grease, oil, food, sanitary products, or even small toys from the kids all contribute to a clog.
- Roots: Tree and shrub roots can grow into your pipes. When this happens in the sewer line, it can cause significant repairs.
- Seasonal Changes: The natural freeze and thaw throughout the year cause your pipes to expand and decrease in size. This will cause the line to wear down and potentially create cracks and leaks.
- Installation: If the sewer line was not installed correctly, chances are you will run into repairs sooner rather than later.
- Shifts in the Earth: Anything that can shift the earth has the capacity to cause damage to plumbing lines. This includes heavy construction, digging projects, and earthquakes.
- City Sewer Line: If there is a back up due to the city line, it can affect all the residential plumbing it comes in contact with over time.
All of these situations can cause holes, cracks, and other damage in your sewer line. If you need a sewer line inspection performed, reach out to Delk Plumbing, Inc. so repairs can be made before any real damage is done.
Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Repair
Your sewer line is not shy to let you know when there is an issue. As we have served the community of Summerville and Charleston, SC for many years, we are confident in saying that your main drain line will give you some warning signals that you should pay attention to before it’s too late.
Here are the most common symptoms of sewer line repair:
- Slow Drains: If you have drains in the home that are moving slow, and conventional methods do not improve, it could be a deeper issue.
- Multiple Clogs: Finding that you have more than one clogged drain or toilet in your home typically means there is a blockage in the main sewer line.
- Strong Odor: A smell of sewage in your yard or around your bathrooms can indicate an issue. This is especially true if the smell worsens and persists.
- Gurgling Sounds: Gurgling sounds or bubbling noises coming from your toilet are a good indication of a sewer line repair.
- Standing Water: Water that is pooling or freestanding around the sewer line is typically a cause for concern.
- Sewage: If your drains or toilet have water or sewage backing up into the home, you most definitely have a problem with your main drain line.
Clogged pipes are the most common cause of your sewer line issues. With routine drain cleaning, you can help fix these problems, before they damage your sewer line.
How to Prevent Future Issues
Once we are onsite at a sewer repair location, our first job is to locate the issue in the sewer line. We do this with a camera scope, so we can pinpoint the exact location. From there, either an auger or hydro jetter will be used to eliminate the clog. If there is damage, a piece of the pipe may need to be removed and replaced.
For each sewer line repair, there are always differences that come across. The one thing that holds true, however, is the homeowner’s eagerness to not let it happen again. In that light, here are some basic tips to keep your sewer line in good working order:
- Do not flush anything down the toilet or drain that is not meant to be there. This includes food, oil, grease, sanitary products, napkins, dirt, etc. Only water, waste, and TP should go down the drain.
- Before embarking on any construction projects including light excavation, make sure you know where your sewer line is located.
- Plant trees and large shrubs and bushes far from where your sewer line lies, otherwise, roots can cause damage.
- Use screens on all your sinks and drains. They will help reduce debris such as hair, dirt, and soap scum.
At Delk Plumbing, Inc., we have served the area of Summerville and Charleston, SC since 1978. We are experienced and well-trained in all sewer repairs and replacements. Our locally owned and family-run business is committed to keeping all of our customers safe and happy.