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Knowing The Signs And Solutions Of A Sewer Line Problem

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No homeowner wants to deal with their drain backing up, especially knowing the problem could be with the sewer main. When your sewer line backs up, every drain in the house will either move slowly or back up. In the worst-case scenario, bathrooms can flood with sewage, and repairs can get costly. Therefore, know the signs of a sewer line problem and catch it early before it becomes a plumbing emergency issue. While a clogged drain is a common occurrence and an easy repair, a clogged sewer line is a much bigger issue. Your Big B’s Plumbing contractor will have the latest tools and equipment to detect and repair any backed-up line.

Understanding The Signs Of A Clogged Sewer Main

If you experience your drains backing up or moving slowly whenever you flush your toilet, then it’s time to have your sewer pipe inspected. The problem of a clogged mainline usually happens at some point, especially in older homes. Your plumbing technician can inspect your sewer pipe by completing a camera inspection. Once the camera goes down the line, you can see firsthand what’s causing the problem.

Foul Odor Is A Sign Of A Leaking Sewer Line

If you notice a foul odor coming from your front yard near your sewer line, it could be a sign of a problem with your main line. Sewer gas has a distinct smell that is often described as being similar to rotten eggs or sulfur.

The breakdown of organic matter in your sewer line, such as human waste and food scraps, forms sewer gas. Normally, this gas gets vented out of your plumbing system through the vent pipes on your roof. However, if there is a problem with your main line, such as a crack or a blockage, the gas can escape into your yard. It will also produce the foul odor you are experiencing. You may also notice signs of a sewer line problem, such as slow drains, backed-up toilets, or water pooling in your yard.

Camera Inspection for a trenchless sewer line

Sewer Main Problem? Contact A Licensed Plumbing Contractor

If you suspect a problem with your main line, contact a licensed plumber or sewer line specialist as soon as possible. They can inspect your sewer line using a camera and diagnose the issue. Depending on the severity of the problem, they may recommend repairs or replacement of your sewer line to prevent further damage and ensure the safety and health of your home and family.

Strange Sounds Coming From Your Sewer Line

If you hear strange sounds coming from your drains, it could be a sign of a problem with your plumbing system. Gurgling or bubbling sounds are common sounds that are heard when air is trapped in your plumbing system. A clog or blockage can cause this in your sewer line, which prevents wastewater from flowing freely.

When a clog or blockage forms in your main line, it can create air pockets that become trapped. When wastewater from your sinks, toilets, or showers tries to pass through the blocked area, it can cause air to be forced through the trapped pockets, creating the gurgling or bubbling sounds you hear.

Address The Strange Sounds

Address any strange sounds coming from your drains as soon as possible, as they can be a sign of a more serious problem. If left untreated, a clog or blockage in your sewer line can cause wastewater to back up into your home, leading to water damage, unsanitary conditions, and health risks. Contacting a licensed plumber or sewer line specialist can help you identify and address any issues with your plumbing system.

camera inspection of your sewer line

Roots Can Be The Problem

The slightest crack in your pipe can open the door for roots. Once inside your line, they multiply and feed on the sewage. While your plumbing technician will have the tools and technology to remove the roots, roots will return unless the trees are removed. The sewer main receives an epoxy coating called a trenchless pipeline. After that, the line is like having a new sewer line that lasts 40 years or more.

How Your Plumbing Expert Will Remove Tree Roots

Removing roots from a sewer line can be a challenging and time-consuming process. It’s no job for the average do-it-yourselfer. Your licensed plumbing contractor will have the tools and know how to have your drain flowing again. Therefore, address the issue before it causes significant damage to your plumbing system.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how roots get removed from a sewer line:

  1. First, your plumber will ask if you’re experiencing frequent backups or slow-moving drains throughout the home. It may be due to roots growing into your sewer line. They’ll first use a plumber’s snake to remove the obstruction. Next, a camera inspection is completed if the plumber’s snake cannot remove the blockage. During the camera inspection, your plumber will inspect your main line and identify the issue.
  2. Once the issue is determined to be tree roots, your plumber will start by using a sewer root cutter or plumbing snake with a cutting blade. You can cut through the roots and break them up into small pieces. In most cases, this will remove the roots, but it won’t prevent them from growing back.
  3. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to call for hydro-jetting. Hydro jetting is a machine that relies on high-pressure water to clear and cut through the worst clogs, including tree roots. It uses up to 3500 to 4000 pounds per inch of water pressure to cut through the toughest clogs.
  4. Once the roots have been removed, repair any sewer line damage. You may need to replace damaged pipes or reline the pipes to prevent future root growth.
  5. Prevent future root growth: To prevent roots from growing into your sewer line in the future, use root barriers or apply a root killer to the pipes. Although root killers are not a permanent solution, avoid planting trees or shrubs near your main line. Also, avoid flushing items that can cause blockages, such as grease, wipes, or feminine hygiene products.

It’s worth noting that removing roots from a sewer line can be a complex and potentially dangerous task, so hire a licensed plumber with experience in this area. A professional plumber can safely and effectively remove the roots and make any necessary repairs to your plumbing system. License #986152

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2 thoughts on “Knowing The Signs And Solutions Of A Sewer Line Problem”

  1. Shammy Peterson

    It caught my attention when you said that foul smell is another sign of a sewer line problem. With this in mind, I will be sure to hire a professional that can have our sewer line checked and repaired. As you said, pipes should be airtight. We were welcome yesterday by awful smells when we got home, and I don’t want the issue to cause any health problems to us. Thanks!

  2. Just last night, I noticed a horrid stench coming from my bathroom when I was brushing my teeth. It seem to have came from my sink and thus, I started looking into sewer repair services. I did my research online and luckily for me, I found your amazing post here. I am most fond of where you highlighted that your pipe should be airtight if you’re smelling foul odors chances are you have a leaking sewer main. You make a good point here, where I’m sure those interested in hiring these services will be sure to be mindful of. Thank you!

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