Is It Time to Fix Your Sewer Line?
3 Signs Your Sewer Line Needs RepairIt is normal to have the occasional clogged pipe or slow draining water line. Many homeowners have difficulty identifying when a small problem can easily be resolved without professional help and when there is clear evidence that a major problem is occurring. While no article can ever provide the definitive answer to all plumbing problems, the following guide provides 3 signs that your sewer line needs repair. If you need immediate repairs for your garbage disposal – call Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. for a free estimate!
1. Cascading Backups and BlockagesIn the course of events for any Sterling home, it is natural to occasionally experience a backed up toilet or blocked drain. But when backups and blockages become a regular event, it may be a clear sign that your main sewer line is in urgent need of replacement or repair. The plumbing lines that connect your toilets, sinks, washing machines and other water lines all use gravity to run downhill to a particular low spot before joining your main municipal sewage line. If you begin to notice that backups and flooding are occurring in the lowest spot in your home, this may be a clear sign that the main sewer line is the issue. Other clear signs of a systemic failure of your sewer line are when a backup or flooding event occurs every single time you flush the toilet, run water down a sink, or use your bathtub/shower. If only one water line was the issue, then the flooding events would not become a house-wide systemic failure. It causing consistent flooding and back-ups, which is a pretty clear indicator that there is a problem with your sewer line. Homeowners are recommended to try their best to clear any blockages or clogs from their end in an effort to rule out the need for a full repair or replacement of the main sewer line. However, once the interior pipes have all been cleaned and the problem of flooding and water backing up continues, this could indicate a serious issue to your sewer line. Over time, a number of adverse conditions can affect the integrity of your sewer line:
- Tree roots expanding and then breaking through the lining of your sewer pipes
- Rusting of iron pipes
- Displaced ground from construction events
- Soil shifting
- Misaligned pipe connections
- Degradation of pipes can lead to a major sewage malfunction