What You Need To Know About Sewer Line Repairs
All of your home plumbing drains into a main sewer line, which runs underground and carries water and waste outside. These main lines play a vital role in the everyday function of your home plumbing, so tackling any clogs, breakages or leaks right away is imperative to avoid costly damages.
Your home is fitted with dozens of pipes and drains, but where does the water and waste actually go when you flush your toilet or drain a bathtub? Your main line carries all of your water and waste outside. It is located underground, and it’s one of the most important plumbing structures in your entire home. If you’re reading this, then you are probably experiencing some issues you think are linked to your main drain line. Here are some tell-tale signs you might be in need of a sewer cleaning or repair.
Common Sewer Line Problems
The most common issues people run into with their main drainage system are blockages and leaks. The signs are not always as obvious as you’d imagine, and many homeowners waste money trying to repair faucets and drains in their bathroom before they realize they have a bigger issue outside.
Clogged Sewer Line in Basement
If you notice a foul odor rising out of your toilet, sink or tub, especially after use, then you most likely have a backed-up drain line that needs to be cleaned. Blockages can occur when dirt, grease or other foreign objects get flushed down drains and wind up blocking the main line.
This ultimately prevents water from draining and flowing easily through the pipe, leading to back up and offensive smells in your home. You may also notice that water bubbles back up the drain after you run the water, which is another indicator that there’s a clog somewhere.
Pipes are meant to last decades, but sometimes, they erode and eventually wear out. Corrosion can lead to weakened lines and ineffective drainage. You may notice that your lawn is worse for the wear due to water flooding. This can also lead to mold growth, damage to your home’s foundation, and insect infestations.
A broken line will result in pools of dirty, stagnant water in your yard and possibly in your basement. Soil will be soggy, and you may have a weakened driveway as well due to the wetness pooling underneath the asphalt.
A leaking drain line is hard to pinpoint, especially if you’re not a professional. Most of the time, the water from a sewer line leak is not brown or dirty as you would imagine, so people will pay money to replace drains in their home because they mistakenly think the water is coming from a busted sink or bathtub.
If you make any plumbing repairs and notice water still appearing, then you need to have your drain line assessed by a professional. They will be able to perform a dye test to identify the exact source of the leak and make sure the right pipes are repaired/replaced.
Trenchless Sewer Repair
A licensed plumber can evaluate your main line to identify the source of a problem and provide an estimate for the total cost of repairs. In some cases, a complete replacement isn’t necessary. You may have a clog that needs cleared or a leak that doesn’t require installing new pipes.
Trenchless sewer line repair fixes many of the common drain line problems without digging up your yard. In a traditional repair and replacement, a technician must excavate the pipes from underground. A trenchless approach uses dig-free technology to make repairs and reline your plumbing without having to lift up any grass, soil or concrete.
Sewer Line Repair Cost
The general cost of repair for a broken sewer line is around $2,500, putting it on the expensive end of the plumbing repair spectrum. The cost can run much higher depending on what needs to be replaced and the type of repair service you choose, i.e., trenchless or traditional digging.
If you suspect there is something wrong with your home’s sewer line, contact us today. We will come out and conduct an assessment of your pipes and provide solutions along with an estimate to resolve your plumbing problems ASAP.