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When to Replace Your Sewer Line

March 11, 2019 | Blog

Public Service logoEvery home relies on one sewer main line running out to the city street to get wastewater out of your home and keep your drains and other appliances working correctly. It can be easy to forget about your sewer line as long as it is working correctly, but we guarantee that as soon as there’s a major problem it will be impossible to miss. Slow moving drains, sewage backups and a host of other problems are likely to accompany your new sewer line issue and will completely disrupt your life. It’s important to have your sewer line inspected regularly so you can catch problems before they happen or replace old and irreparable lines before you end up with a serious issue on your hands.

Common Sewer Line Issues

There are a few usual suspects that are responsible for major sewer line failure including:

  • Tree root invasion and bushes growing into your sewer line
  • Flushing anything that isn’t human waste or toilet paper. Any other item can easily clog your pipes including other paper products
  • Cracked pipes or pipe connections that aren’t aligned properly
  • Old cast iron or clay pipes

A sewer line will often continue to drain even with one or more of these problems restricting the flow, but it is only a matter of time until the line clogs or breaks completely leaving you with messy backups. It’s important to have your sewer line checked regularly to catch these problems before they get serious.

Signs that you Need to Replace your Sewer Line

Sewer line replacement is expensive and many homeowners try to put it off for as long as possible. Replacing a sewer line that will need more and more repairs in years to come can be more cost-effective over time though. Replacing a line also means you don’t have to deal with the headache of repeat service calls for an old line. If you’ve noticed the following signs on your property, then it’s time to consider replacing the line.

  • Your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets consistently drain slowly
  • Pools of wastewater in your yard or foul-smelling puddles
  • A indentation in your yard above where your sewer line is buried
  • Patches of grass that are growing much faster than other areas of the lawn

All of these signs usually indicate a serious failure of your sewer line and it’s best to call in a professional. If your sewer system is more than 50 years old then it also a good idea to have it replaced. Most sewer systems that were installed more than 50 years ago are likely to have used materials with shorter lifespans and will need a lot of repairs in future years if they aren’t dealt with.

Concerned About Your Sewer Line? Give us a Call!

Replacing a sewer line is a huge undertaking and is best left to the professionals. Since your sewer line connects to the city maintained main lines you may need construction permits and complying with building codes if you aren’t a licensed plumber can be very difficult. For all your sewer line repairs you can rely on our team here at Public Service Plumbers.

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