If your home’s drains have begun to drain slowly or you’re actually experiencing water backup in your home, you might have a sewer line issue that requires sewer repair or maintenance. Hopefully, you don’t need a sewer line replacement, but that’s a possibility in these instances too. How do you know whether you need sewer line augering, sewer repair, or a pipe replacement? The key is to contact MainLine Plumbing, an experienced plumbing company that serves Coral Springs, FL, with a full lineup of professional plumbing services, including repair and maintenance. Whether you need the sewer line cleaned out or replaced, you can rely on our certified plumbers for the job.
How Do I Know It’s a Sewer Line Problem?
It’s not always easy to determine if you need sewer repair or maintenance. Sometimes a slow drain is caused by a local clog that’s forming in the drain and not in the sewer line. Often, a sewer line will cause more than one drain to drain slowly or back up since all of the home’s drains feed into the sewer line. On the other hand, sometimes you may only experience backup through the drain closest to the sewer line like a floor drain. When you call MainLine Plumbing, we can send a plumber to your home to troubleshoot the issue. We’ll be able to tell you where the problem is located and then provide the ideal fix.
Sewer Line Augering
If your sewer line is the reason you’re experiencing plumbing problems, there’s a good chance that it’s clogged or a stubborn clog is forming. Sewer line augering will push out any clog that’s forming in the drain. Just like your home’s other drain pipes, the sewer line can become clogged too. Even though the diameter of a sewer pipe is larger than other drain pipes that feed to it, clogs can form over time. A bit of grease here and some food debris there can lead to a stubborn drain clog.
Augering isn’t sewer repair; it’s maintenance, but it’s often the ideal solution for a sewer line clog. The clog could be formed by debris, but it can also be caused by tree roots that have grown into the pipe. Tiny, threadlike tree roots can access the sewer line via small cracks, often at the seams of pipes, or holes. Once these roots get into the drain and start to absorb the water and nutrients there, they’ll keep growing and eventually block your sewer pipe. For tree roots, MainLine Plumbing pros will attach a cutter to the auger and cut them away. In most cases, this solves the problem, but the roots will grow back, which is why routine augering is a good idea.
When Augering Doesn’t Work
Augering is helpful maintenance. Snaking a drain is sometimes needed to dislodge debris caught in the line. Sometimes the problem isn’t something that can be dislodged. Like any pipes, sewer lines can fail. You may need sewer repair or replacement if your sewer line has collapsed or has too much corrosion to function. A ruptured sewer line can be an environmental problem as wastewater from your home leaks from the broken pipe.
Also, if a section of the pipe has collapsed, it’s what’s blocking the pipe. In this case, your home is at risk for sewage backups through its drains. Wastewater backups are hazardous. The water can also destroy things like your flooring or drywall. A serious backup can also trigger an outbreak of mold. If you note warning signs like slow drains, it’s important to contact a plumber right away to prevent a water backup.
Sewer repair in Coral Springs, FL, is not as common as removing a clog, but it is an essential repair when the pipe becomes damaged. Our plumbing professionals can recommend the ideal solution in these cases. A repair is often less extensive than a sewer line replacement, but the nature of the pipe damage and the pipe’s condition will dictate the best course of action.
Repair or Replacement?
Our plumbers will use an inline camera to inspect the sewer line. This way, they can see what they’re dealing with. Trenchless sewer repair is a popular repair method that might be right for your sewer line. For this repair, the plumber shoots a resin-like substance into the old pipe. The plumber uses a tool to ensure that the resin lines the pipe perfectly before it hardens. The hardened resin effectively forms a new pipe within the host pipe. This innovative repair method works incredibly well.
Unfortunately, not all damaged sewer lines are a candidate for trenchless sewer repair. A highly corroded and damaged pipe isn’t suitable as a host pipe. In these cases, more extensive solutions are needed. Technicians will need to excavate your property in order to reach the sewer line and replace it. This type of repair often requires a couple days. It’s also damaging to your landscape. However, it may be the only way to fix your plumbing system and get it back into functioning order. Sewer line replacements are not uncommon in older homes. All pipes eventually need to be replaced. Once you do replace your sewer line, you shouldn’t experience any problems with it for years.
It’s never fun to be told that you need a sewer line replacement or major repairs. However, your plumbing system is an essential home system. When it needs to be fixed, you need an experienced plumbing company with the expertise to perform the services you need. MainLine Plumbing serves Coral Springs, FL, with a wide range of plumbing solutions, including sewer repair and maintenance. If you experience backup in your home or other plumbing problems, you can contact us right away for service.