The sewer line is the largest drain in your home, and it can lead to many problems. If not paid attention to, several plumbing emergencies may arise. But before your sewer line becomes too bad to handle and needs professional plumbing services, make sure you know these common types of sewer line problems.
1. Broken, Collapsed And Cracked Pipes
If your pipes that lead to the sewer line are broken, it can lead to many sewer line problems. This happens due to shifting soil or frozen ground. Broken pipes can lead to standing pools of water in your basement or yard. Patches of lush grass growth may be a signal that your sewers need repairs. If your sewer line runs under a driveway, some damage could appear due to soggy soil underneath the road.
Blockage in the sewer line can result when grease or some other object is restricting water flow. A blocked or clogged line will show its symptoms in slow draining over an extended period. This issue can lead to many problems in your house.
The water level in your toilet will lower on its own in a few hours. Bathtubs would take a long time to empty itself. Continuous clogging of toilets and sinks. Deposits of white scum around the basement drain.
3. Tree Roots
To a tree, your sewer line is essentially their way for fertilizer. If your pipe has even the smallest leak, roots from the nearby trees may detect this leak and deliberately grow into any holes or gaps in the pipes. If tree roots have spread through your sewer line, it can easily damage your sewer line and can lead to further damage in no time. Opt for regular plumbing services if you have tree roots in or around your property. Fertilize and water your plants daily to avoid this problem. Signs of tree roots in the sewer line are frequent and unexplained clogs in toilets, tubs or sinks, frequent toilet backups, gurgling sounds, and water draining slowly from the tub or sink.
4. Pipe Corrosion or Deterioration
If your pipe is old or is made of any other material other than PVC, then there is a chance that the pipe may deteriorate. Deterioration can lead to collapses in the sewer line or a restriction of proper flow. Pipe corrosion can damage the quality of the water, and it can impact your and your family members’ health. Consuming water with high levels of dangerous metals like lead and copper can lead to acute and chronic health problems. Corroded water can hurt the efficiency of water heaters and may cause failure. It can also cause the failure of plumbing systems, and fixtures, and it can also result in stained fixtures and potential smell.
It is important to remain alert and proactive about your sewer lines. To prevent any future problems, make sure you have your septic tank checked for three to five years at least. This would allow us to solve the problem with simple plumbing services and can help to prevent costly replacements. Sometimes, cleaning your sewer line or completing spot repairs can solve the problem, but in some cases, it is affordable to replace your sewer line. If you have any more queries, contact us and get them cleared.