Sewer Repair The First Sign of Trouble
Oct 18, 2017
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.