We get it, replacing your sewer line is the getting-socks-for-Christmas version of home improvement. Although it isn’t a lot of fun or exciting, it happens to all of us at one point in our lives. It’s not like socks which have holes or don’t, but there are some things you should know about how to repair or replace your water or sewer lines.
Your water supply line and main sewer will generally work flawlessly for many years. There are several reasons your supply lines could fail.
If you have a yard full of majestic and beautiful trees, it is possible that their roots have reached your pipes looking for water.
Water and sewer lines, like arteries, have a tendency over time to clog. Minerals and other residue can build up and restrict the flow of water from your street to your house. Your child may have flushed too many rubber duckies down your toilet, which could block and crack your sewer line.
High water pressure
The high-water level may cause the drop in water pressure that you are experiencing. High street water pressure can cause pipes to burst and lead to failure.
It could be that you live on a Faultline and the earth is moving beneath your feet. Frequent freeze/thaw cycles may also be a problem.
You may have to pay for a new sewer or water line if you are enjoying a large crop of blueberries. Your pipes may be more susceptible to acidic soils.
It is easy to take clean water as a given. Let’s suppose you are thirsty. You turn on the water tap and fresh, cool water comes out. That’s it. You don’t probably spend much time trying to figure out where your water comes from. (Hint, if you live in a large city, the water comes via a water supply line that runs from your street to your home to your faucet.
If you notice a drop in water pressure or discolored sinks, it is likely that you have water problems. It’s time for you to call you’re a professional.
We can locate the leak. If the leak is small, you may only need to replace a portion of your water line. If this happens, the damaged sections of pipe can be replaced with new, high-quality pipes. If you are having your yard excavated, you might want to consider a complete replacement. It will be a wise decision that you’ll thank later. Before you decide, talk to your plumber. After your new pipe is installed, it will need to be approved and inspected. Ask your plumber to make every effort to restore your yard, so that you can reseed or landscape.
You should keep your ears and eyes open for signs of a possible sewer line clog. Clogs can be identified by the following signs:
Toilet that talks back
When you flush your toilet, you will hear bubbling or gurgling coming from it. This is because trapped air is returning up through the sewer line and escaping into your toilet bowl. This is not a good sign.
Your drains are slow
Slow-draining drains can be caused by grease, paint, hair, or soap scum.
Your drains smell like a dumpster
It could be due to a buildup in food, fat, or other unpleasantness.
A broken sewer line can be indicated by sewage backup, higher water/sewer bills than usual, sulfurous odors, and sewage puddles within your yard.
To avoid costly and messy exploratory plumbing, ask your plumber to arrange a video inspection. This inspection is a great way to check the integrity of your sewer pipes. After identifying the problem and assessing the pipes’ structural condition, the plumber will be able determine if a high-pressure flush or augur can solve it. If they don’t, then a complete replacement might be possible.