Each drain in your home is connected to a pipe that funnels water into a single sewer line. While you may already understand the benefits of maintaining clean household drains, it’s also important to recognize that your sewer line needs protection as well. When this vital plumbing line experiences issues, it can cause widespread problems throughout your entire home. Knowing the most common sewer line issues that are likely to occur and the signs you’re likely to see when professional sewer line repair is needed can help you take quick action to prevent the consequences of a damaged or backed-up sewer line from affecting your home or your daily convenience.
Clogs are one of the most common problems that affect household drains, and can also pose a serious problem for your sewer line as well. In most cases, the clogs that affect your sewer line arise from the same causes as the clogs that develop in other drains, such as the buildup of mineral deposits, grease and fat, soap scum, and food debris. However, there is an additional cause of sewer line clogs that is present around most homes as well—questing tree roots can break into your sewer line and grow up into the pipe as they absorb water, forming a clog that blocks drainage as well. When a clog develops in your sewer line, you’re likely to experience drainage issues in fixtures throughout your home. Toilets, tubs, and sinks may gurgle, bubble, or overflow, and attempting to clear a single drain won’t have any effect. This is because the methods you might usually use to remove a minor drain clog in your home won’t clear sewer line clogs, which cannot be broken up by plunging a single drain. Instead, you’ll need to call in your plumber to remove the clog using an auger. If the clog has been caused by tree roots, your plumber will also need to complete sewer line repair to patch or replace the section of pipe that was damaged by the root invasion as well.
Because your sewer line is buried beneath your property, it is also vulnerable to situations that cause the soil around the pipe to shift or collapse. This external pressure can damage the pipe, causing the line itself to collapse or break apart, resulting in a disconnect that allows wastewater to leak out into your yard. Sewer line leaks can exhibit signs that are similar to clogs, particularly if the line has collapsed; these issues can also cause wastewater to leak out into your yard, resulting in a wet or spongy lawn, isolated areas of grass or landscaping overgrowth, and an unpleasant pervasive smell of raw sewage. If your sewer line develops this type of damage, your plumber will perform sewer line repair by replacing either the affected section of pipe or by laying a new pipe entirely. These repairs can be made using trenchless technology, which allows your plumber to accomplish these tasks without digging and in just a few days to restore the integrity of your sewer line.
If you think your sewer line may be clogged or damaged, the time to act is now—our professional sewer line repair services in Tampa include video inspection, cleaning, and replacement to ensure your home’s drainage system remains reliable and effective. You can learn more about all the home plumbing services we offer when you visit our website, where you can also find more helpful plumbing, heating, and cooling articles on our monthly blog.