Although you can’t see them and might not even realize they’re “yours,” sewer lines are a vital part of your plumbing system. A severe problem with your sewer line could require you to have a new one installed. So there are a few things it’s helpful to understand about your sewer line to keep your plumbing in working order:
- What it does
- What can go wrong
- Who to call when you have a sewer line issue
If you think you’re experiencing problems with your sewer line or another part of your plumbing system, don’t hesitate to give C&W Plumbing a call. You can reach us at 972-395-2597 to schedule your appointment. If you’re having a plumbing emergency, we’re available 24/7!
What Is Your Sewer Line?
Your sewer line is a vital part of your plumbing system. All your plumbing appliances converge on the sewer line. This includes your toilet, sink, and tubs. The sewer line filters waste materials from your home into a septic tank or your city’s sewer system. Once the waste water goes down the drain, it’s easy to forget that a sewer line even exists under your home or that it’s your responsibility to care for it as the homeowner. But just like any other aspect of your plumbing system, your sewer line needs maintenance.
What Can Go Wrong with Your Sewer Line?
A faulty sewer line installation or a sewer line that has fallen into disrepair can easily malfunction. This could lead to flooding or cause waste materials to back up into your home. Even a small leak can cause sewage to seep into your foundations and the ground surrounding your property. This is a significant concern because it can damage your foundations, and the bacteria and gases associated with the leak can cause health problems.
How Do You Know If Your Sewer Line Has a Problem?
- A backup within your home – This is one of the most obvious signs of a damaged sewer line. If it seems all your plumbing appliances are backing up—not just one by itself—look to the sewer line. Even a slower-than-normal drain could be a sign of a bigger problem, although other things should be ruled out first, so call in a professional to make the final call.
- A smell of sewer gas – If you smell the sewer, something is wrong. You should never detect the odor otherwise.
- A more beautiful lawn – If a patch of grass that has always been brown and dry is suddenly lush or your lawn looks more verdant without any special care from you, it could be benefiting from sewerage. This side effect may be nice for your yard, but it’s not good for you or your home.
Other signs of a sewer line problem are:
- Foundation cracks
- The prevalence of bugs or mice
What Do You Do If You Suspect a Sewer Line Problem?
If you notice any of the symptoms above or suspect your sewer line is damaged, refrain from using water until a plumber can arrive. For any sewer line or suspected issues, you should always call a professional.
- Tree roots
- Damage from disrepair
Smoke testing is also used to determine if sewer gas is entering the home.
A plumbing technician will properly install a new sewer line or repair the damage. Professional repair or installation is key to avoiding cracks and other damage; something only a professional with the correct tools and expertise can ensure. Not only will your installation be done right, you’ll have the peace of mind that your plumbing system is secure. You can also ask your plumber for advice on care and maintenance for your new sewer line installation.
How Is a Sewer Line Installed?
If your line’s issue stems from damage, and not a clog, your sewer line may have to be replaced. While repair may be possible in some cases, make sure to ask your plumber what they recommend.
Installation takes a few days to complete, though sometimes it’s done in one! The first thing your plumber will do is determine the length of the pipe, its elevation, and height. This ensures there is an adequate slope in the line to allow for good drainage.
Then they’ll dig a trench to make space for the pipe, which can take a little longer if there are rocks, roots, or other obstacles. The trench may then need to be lined with a bedding material, ideally sand. This helps prevent sagging, increasing the life expectancy of your sewer line. Then your plumber will fill the trench and compact the material to protect the pipe and prevent the ground from shifting around it.
How Much Does Sewer Line Installation Cost?
The cost of sewer line installation varies, depending on:
- The problem with your sewer line
- What your property is like and any obstacles in your yard
- Local regulations
You may first want to check with your insurance provider to see if any negative results of the damaged sewer line is covered by your policy. Ask your plumber to give you a cost estimate.
When something goes wrong with your plumbing system, many times, it’s an issue that needs immediate attention. Sewer line damage is one of those plumbing problems that should be investigated by a professional right away. If left unfixed, it could lead to health issues, further damage to your sewer line, and problems in your home and yard.
If you suspect a sewer line problem, please give us a call right away at 972-395-2597. If you’re concerned about cost, C&W Plumbing offers financing options for sewer line installations to help make the sudden expense manageable. Whether you are installing a brand new sewer system or replacing an old one, your plumber can help ensure the job is done safely and to a reliable standard. Then you can rest easy knowing your home is safe from sewer line collapses and other costly sewage system failures.
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