You rely on your home's sewer lines and plumbing system to keep your family and home safe from disease and harmful microbes that can exist in sewage waste. When your home's sewage is backed up, or the line fails and needs repairing, you need to act quickly to prevent damage to your home and to restore your sewage line function. Here are some recommendations to help you recognize and manage a sewer line problem in your home and property.
Watch For Problem Indications
Each time you use your home's plumbing for washing, flushing, and rinsing, you expect it to work as it needs to. But as soon as your plumbing lines fail, you are stuck with a non-working system that needs emergency repairs to restore it. So, if you can keep an eye out for signs of a blockage so you can arrange for repairs before it fails, you will be better off in the long run.
Watch out for common signs of a blocked or damaged sewer line, which includes gurgling noises in your line when you flush and rinse water down the drain. Also look for sewage odors in your home, which indicates a blockage or break in the line that pushes sewer gas back into your home. This can also indicate a problem with your sewer ventilation pipe, which can be dangerous and harmful to your family.
If your home is on a septic system, you need to keep an eye on the condition of your drain field site. If you notice the soil above the drain field lines has become excessively saturated or the vegetation is green and lush, your system is overflowing with sewage and you need to check into the problem.
Inspect and Repair the Problem
Another common sign of sewer line damage is recurring clogs in your lines. If you have to repeatedly remove blockages with a sewer snake or your plumber's professional services, this is a big sign that your plumbing is in need of repairs. Your plumbing professional can check out the interior of your lines to find out what is causing the returning clogs. It is usually caused by damage inside the line, either from a collapsing pipe or tree roots that have grown within the sewer line.
Your plumbing professional can evaluate the line with a video inspection and provide you with a recommendation to repair the problem. They may need to recommend you replace your sewer line with a new one either through excavation of the soil or line the old pipe with a trenchless repair. Talk to your plumbing professional to find the best sewer repair for your needs.