Sewer line problems can be a nightmare: they can cause sewage to back up into the yard, resulting in severe water damage to the home, and cost you a lot of money in major repairs. To stay ahead of this problem, know the signs and symptoms of a failing sewer line and what you can do to prevent it. If you find yourself in the midst of a sewer line problem call us immediately.
What causes sewer line problems?
Sewer line problems can be caused by a number of things. A few are listed below:
- Tree roots looking for moisture
- Shifting ground
- Extreme weather
These all contribute to breaks and cracks in the line that can cause serious damage to the yard and the home if left unchecked. Water damage acts quickly and without remorse.
Signs your sewer line may needs repair
To stay ahead of sewage backup and water damage, watch for the warning signs of a failing sewer line.
- Water will begin to drain slower and/or back up out of the drain in showers and toilets
- Unpleasant odours will come from these drains
- Pests tend to flock to these odours and excess moisture, so rodents and insects may appear in higher-than-usual numbers around the home.
If the leak has already begun, the foundation of your home may become noticeably damaged, and you will likely see water stains in your basement.
What are the professional methods of repair?
To repair a broken sewer line, there are two main options: traditional repair using excavation and trenchless repair. In traditional excavation, the entire line is dug up in search of the problem, whereas trenchless repair only requires a few holes to be dug as access points to the line; video inspection often assists trenchless repairs in finding the source of the problem.
How can you prevent problems in the future?
The main way to prevent sewer line problems is to limit the occurrence of deep clogs.
- Be mindful of what you are putting down your drains
- Grease and food should be run through a disposal first or thrown in the garbage
- Pasta is notorious for becoming clumped together and causing a clog
- You can also purchase traps to put over your drains that keep harmful items from flowing down with the water
What should the homeowner be aware of before scheduling a repair?
Before scheduling professional sewer line repair services, the homeowner should be aware of their options. Trenchless repair is the more popular method because it is faster, less destructive, less expensive, and tends to yield better results. If the homeowner is still not sure which option to choose, we can help with that decision.