Sewer Repair The First Sign of Trouble


Sewer Repair - The First Sign of Trouble

If you suspect you need sewer repair, a main drain or system problem

with your sewage system is the first clue. Look for whether the problem

is isolated to one drain or all of the drains. Your toilet will often present the first indicator of trouble by

flushing slowly or not all. If you have eliminated a clogged toilet and

all of the other drains are also slow, your next step is to have a

plumber diagnose your sewage system for a possible blockage or break

that may require you to do a sewer repair job.

Your plumber may be able to do a visual inspection of your pipes in the

home as well as use a fiber optic camera to inspect the underground

sewage lines for clogs or breakage. Older sewage lines are made out of

clay which is prone to breakage from age and decomposition. Clay pipes

also turned out to have a short lifetime of fifty to sixty years as

opposed to the newer PVC piping which has a lifetime of one hundred

years. This means if your home was built before the 1980s you likely

have clay pipes and will be dealing with a pipe repair or replacement at some time in your homeownership lifetime.

Common problems that can lead to sewer repairs, especially on the clay

pipes, include tree roots growing into and clogging the sewage line or

grease being poured down the kitchen sink and accumulating in the lines

with other gunk. It can also be your clay sewage pipe reaching its

lifespan capability and simply breaking down.

If your sewage line is broken it will likely be obvious. You will

probably smell sewage and your yard will develop wet areas or sink

holes. This usually indicates a sewage line break that needs to be

replaced. Even if you can do a patch job on the broken pipe you are

likely looking at future breaks and ultimately a replacement of the

sewage system if the break is age related and not due to other causes

such as grease accumulation or tree roots.

If your plumber recommends a sewer repair job, your final cost will

depend on a variety of factors. For example if trees have to be cut down and removed to access the sewage line, your cost will be higher. If

your gas line was placed above your sewage line instead of next to it,

your cost will go up a lot. If the city sewage hook up doesnt go right

up to your property line you may be forced to tear up the city street to access your line. This can drive the cost up as much as $5,000.

Your plumber should be able to give you an estimate after they have had a chance to inspect your lines and asses the damages to repair your sewer line and get your home operational again.

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