Sewer Line Repair

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Everything You Need to Know About Sewer Line Repair

There are dozens of potential plumbing problems that can develop inside the home, but one of the most devastating plumbing problems of all takes places outside the home. When a sewer line goes bad—either collapsing or getting clogged with roots and debris—it essentially wreaks havoc on the entire household plumbing system. Additionally, sewer line repair is something that really requires the assistance of a professional plumber; it is not recommended that homeowners try this on a DIY basis!

Who’s Responsibility is It?

Of course, it is worth noting that there may be a sewer line problem that affects your home but is not your responsibility to repair. When the problematic sewer line is part of the city’s line—that is, it’s out under the street—the municipality will likely make the repairs. When the sewer line in question is squarely on your property, however, it is, sadly, your responsibility as a homeowner to have the repair made.

Different Types of Sewer Lines

There are different materials used to make sewer lines, and they all have their own potential issues. The kind of sewer line you have is largely dependent on when and where your home was built.

  • Cast iron sewer lines have a very long lifespan, but eventually they will rust, developing clogs or holes in the line.
  • Clay piping is sometimes sealed with tar, and sometimes it is not. The tar actually repels tree roots, but clay pipes without tar will attract tree roots. In either case, the connections on clay pipes can grow weak and begin to leak over time.
  • Plastic pipes will last the longest and are highly unlikely to develop leaks. Plastic became popular in the 1980s and 1990s, so for relatively new homes, there is a decent chance you are looking at some durable, plastic piping.

Repair or Replacement

When sewer line problems come about, homeowners may tend to panic—but don’t! You don’t necessarily need to have the line replaced. Often, clogs and interfering tree roots can be eliminated, and the damage to the line can be replaced. A plumbing professional can use a camera line to isolate the problem, and then a drain snake to correct the problem.

With that said, there may be some homeowners—those who live in older houses with older pipes—who need to have their pipes replaced. This is definitely a job for a plumbing professional. Contact us as soon as you think there is a problem with your line, and we will diagnose the problem and offer a quick solution!

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