Signs That Your Sewer Line Needs Replacement

When it comes to sewer lines, being able to understand the warning signs will greatly help you prevent the costly repairs. The most common problem is a buildup of gunk normally created over time or tree root intrusion. These causes normally disrupt underground pipes which cause them to either crack or become clogged. Here is a look at how to know that you need to replace your sewer line.

Toilet Bowl Water Level

This is the common sign that there is a looming problem in your line. When a sewer is blocked, there is normally variations in the level of water in your toilet. If the level of water is too high, low or varies every day, it is a clear indication that you need to call a qualified plumber to evaluate your system.

Odd Sounds or Scents

When you notice a distinctly different sound down the drain, like a gurgling, especially after you pour water down the sinks, toilet and other drains, it means there is a problem in your line. Similarly, a damaged plumbing system normally emits strange smells from the yard or in the drains. In such scenarios, a plumber should come and assess the situation.

Slow Drain

Most homeowners, are always quick to go and buy a drain cleaner from the store each time they notice a slow drain in the showers, tubs or sinks. The problem may be more than what the eyes can see. In fact, such hasty measures will only solve the problem temporarily. Some of these harsh solutions we pour down the drain severely damage the sewer especially the ones in older homes, causing even bigger problems. So if you notice a slow drain, know that there is a problem in your sewer system and only an expert can assess and solve it.

Damp Spots

If your floor is constantly damp and you haven’t spilled a glass of water, then it is most likely as a result of damaged pipes lying underneath. You shouldn’t take these damp spots lightly. The problem could get even bigger if you don’t call a plumber. Your house may also grow mold or mildew which can also be extremely toxic.

Persistent Clogging

This is a very simple sign of a broken sewage pipe that shouldn’t be ignored. A normal clog caused by debris, hair or grease can be easily unclogged. However, a persistent clogging normally means there is a damage that needs your attention. If there is a serious damage, your pipes will be subject to clogging anytime you run water through them.

And with that in mind, it is important to understand that a sewer problem may be repaired with a patch in case the rest of the sewer is in good condition. However, for lines that are a bit older, it is best to replace the entire line when you notice the above signs. A professional plumber will have a video inspection equipment that runs a camera into the lines. This obtains an accurate inspection and know what exactly needs to be solved.

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