Common Sewer Line Problems
Your sewer line is buried underground, so it’s challenging to know when a problem requires repair or replacement. However, there are signs to watch for, so you can call a sewer contractor for help.
A Sudden Rise in Your Water Bill
It’s normal for your water bill to fluctuate with increased and decreased usage; however, you shouldn’t see a sudden spike that lasts for months. If you monitor your water bill and see that it’s risen significantly, it could be the kids are taking too long in the shower or there is a problem in your main sewer line.
Like fluctuations in your water bill, it’s normal to sometimes hear your drains gurgle. However, constant noise is a symptom of a significant problem, such as ruptured or clogged pipes. If the water can’t drain properly, it releases air pockets, which cause noise. Small clogs can sometimes be removed with a plunger, but for severe clogs, you may need to resort to hydro jetting.
If you have a leak or blockage in the sewer line, it’s common to experience slow drains throughout the house. If all attempts to get the drains to empty more quickly fail, call a sewer contractor for an inspection.
Soggy Patches in the Yard
Another sign that you have problems in the main sewer line is if you have wet patches in the yard. Leaks in the sewer line have nowhere to go but up, resulting in soggy spots often accompanied by a foul odor.
Toilet Water Levels Fluctuate
Several things can cause fluctuating toilet water levels, such as a blocked plumbing air vent or an incorrectly positioned waste pipe. However, it could also be a sewer problem. Call a professional plumber to diagnose the problem as soon as possible.
If you notice these or other plumbing issues you can’t explain, call the experts at The Darville Company for a sewer system inspection.
Odessa Sewer Main Sewer Line Replacement
It’s not always cut and dried when it’s worth repairing versus replacing your main sewer line. Many factors go into the decision, but here are a few things to consider.
First, see if there are any visible signs of damage, such as cracks or leaks. You can also have a professional camera inspection to check for hidden damage. If there is damage, you’ll need to get an estimate for repairs. If the damage is extensive, replacing the entire sewer line may be cheaper and easier.
There are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision. First, what is the age of your sewer line? If it’s over 50 years old, it’s more cost-effective to replace it because old pipes will suffer the same problems down the road.
Second, examine the condition of your pipes. If they’re made of cast iron or clay, they’re more likely to need replacing than if they’re made of PVC because cast iron and clay are typically in bad shape today, and repairing them doesn’t make financial sense.
Finally, where is your sewer line located? If it’s in an area with a high water table or frequent flooding, it’s more likely to need replacing than in a drier area. If you’re unsure whether or not you should replace your sewer line, talk to a professional sewer contractor for advice.
For stubborn clogs, call us and ask about our hydrojetting service.