Do you need a sewer pipe repair or replacement? Don’t trust that job to just anyone—call C&W Plumbing, the specialists with the skills and expertise to get the job done right.
How Do You Know If You Have Sewer Line Problems?
The difficult thing about keeping your sewer line in good condition is that you can’t see it, so you don’t know right away when there’s a problem. When there’s a problem with your sewer line, your house will tell you. Common warning signs include:
- One or more drains are draining slower than usual. This can be a very early sign of a drainage problem. If multiple drains are affected, it’s likely that the problem is in the sewer line.
- Water backs up into one or more drains, or the toilet, when another drain is used. If the problem is restricted to one drain, the main sewer line may not be affected. If multiple drains are affected, it’s more likely that the sewer main line could have an issue.
- Drains make unusual gurgling sounds when draining water, or the toilet makes noises when flushed.
- Sewage odors can be detected.
Sometimes water or sewage starts backing up in the drains without any of the above warning signs. It’s vital to call a plumber immediately. In the meantime, it’s best to avoid using any water in order to reduce the risk of the drains backing up and flooding your home.
How Are Sewer Line Problems Detected and Repaired?
We use two main problem-detection methods at C&W Plumbing: camera inspection and smoke testing. Camera inspection is advised in order to determine what’s causing your sewer line to malfunction in the first place. For example, a camera inspection can tell us whether there’s a blockage caused by tree roots or by foreign objects in the line, or whether the line is corroded or otherwise damaged. We carry out smoke testing in cases where there is the possibility of dangerous caustic sewer gases leaking into the home. If you smell sewer gas in your home, it’s vital to call us immediately, so we can detect the source of the problem and fix it ASAP.
Cleaning a Blocked Sewer Pipe
If the pipe is blocked, equipment such as a hydrojet or sewer snake is used to get rid of the blockage. A hydrojet cleans the blocked pipe of grease and grime, while a sewer snake is used when a blockage is caused by tree roots or something hanging up on the inside of the pipe. These are fairly quick jobs that can be completed in less than a day and cause no disruption to the home or yard as long as the home has cleanouts in the yard that were installed during construction. If not, a C&W Technician can install these for you to clear any stoppages your home may experience in the future. For more information on drain cleaning, click here.
Sewer Pipe Repair and Replacement
If the pipe is damaged, it needs to be repaired or replaced. One or two damaged spots can be repaired without having to replace the entire line. If the pipe is badly damaged, then sewer line replacement is the less disruptive and best choice. Repairing or replacing a sewer line can take anywhere from one day to several days to complete. Traditional sewer pipe repair uses a backhoe or digging crew to dig up the area around the sewer line to make it accessible for repairs or replacement. For repairs, only the damaged section of pipe is exposed so it can be patched. If the pipe needs to be replaced, the entire length of the pipe is exposed. This can be somewhat disruptive to the yard but is the best choice in order to have a permanent solution to the problem and prevent future backups. Newly installed pipe has a long lifespan as long as it’s well-maintained. PVC pipes have a lifespan of up to 100 years or more, provided they’re protected from tree root damage, corrosive drain cleaners, and other things that cause blockage or damage. Whatever it takes to fix the problem, C&W Plumbing makes every effort to minimize the disruption to your home. The amount of disruption that’s necessary often depends on where a sewer line is laid and what’s been built or grown over it.
Why Choose C & W Plumbing for your Sewer Pipe Repair?
Simple. We strive to provide top quality sewer pipe repair with minimal disruption at an affordable price. We offer:
- Same day appointments– We offer same day appointments in many cases!
- Vetted plumbers – Every C & W plumber goes through a background check, drug test, and participates in continuing education. Our plumbers are courteous!
- Simple, upfront pricing –We will provide a written estimate before any work starts.
- Satisfaction guaranteed –If you’re not happy with our work for any reason, we will continue working until we exceed your expectations!
- 24/7 emergency service – Got an issue that just can’t wait? Call us any time, any day. We’re here to help!
- Our customers love us!We are continuously recognized by sites such as Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Thumbtack, Expertise.com, and more! We’re also A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau!
Need Financing Options?
C & W Plumbing partners with Synchrony and Old Union Financial to provide financing for any sewer pipe repair and replacement. Financing terms range from 0% interest financing for 18 months to 36 months or more and includes labor and materials warranties. Click here for more financing options.
Call C&W Today for Expert Sewer Line Replacement and Repair
If you have a problem with your sewer line, it needs to be fixed right away. If left unchecked, these kinds of issues can escalate quickly, leading to problems such as costly water damage. Call C&W Plumbing today, and we’ll send one of our expert, licensed plumbers out to inspect and repair your sewer line. We’ll work to solve your problem quickly and with as little disruption as possible!
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What Is a Sewer Line, and Why Is It Important?
Once wastewater goes down the drain from your sink, tub, or toilet, it’s carried to a connecting pipe called a sewer line. The sewer line is the part of the system that carries wastewater from your home to the municipal sewer system or septic tank. It’s vital that the sewer line is correctly installed and well-maintained because otherwise there’s a risk that the line may become backed up. This means it stops draining properly, and water and waste can’t be disposed of. In some cases, the blockage may even cause raw sewage to back up inside your home, causing significant damage. Another potential problem is that dangerous sewer gases may leak into your home. Sewer gases are a serious problem because they are toxic, possibly causing fatal asphyxiation, and can even explode. For these reasons any problems with your sewer line should be examined ASAP by an expert plumber and fixed promptly. Because a home’s sewer line is buried on the property, it’s considered part of the home. This means that it’s your responsibility as a homeowner to keep your property’s sewer line in good working order and handle repairs when needed.
What are the Common Causes of Sewer Line Problems?
There are several situations that can lead to sewer line problems.
- Trees — One of the most common issues is a tree planted too close to a sewer line. Its roots may grow and twist around the sewer line, and over time the roots may crush the line or even penetrate it. This is particularly common in older homes with trees that are mature enough to have extensive root growth.
- Old pipes — Another potential issue in older homes is simply that pipes become corroded and worn as they age and may break or leak. Cast iron lines, which are common to this area, age and become rusty and bridle. Corrosion of cast iron sewer lines will over time eat through the bottom of the pipe and allow sewage to pour out under your home.
- Items down the drain — In newer homes a more likely cause of sewer line problems is the disposal down the drain of items such as paper towels and feminine hygiene products. These may be small enough to flush in the toilet, but they’re also bulky enough to clog the drain or sewer line.
Do You Need Sewer Pipe Repair or Replacement?
Depending on the nature of your problem, we may be able to perform spot-repairs on damaged sections of pipe. If the damage is too extensive, we will recommend that the sewer line be completely replaced.
How Can You Prevent Sewer Line Problems?
There are several things you can do to keep you sewer line in good working order.
- If you plant trees in your yard, make sure they’re well away from your buried sewer line. If you do have trees that are close enough to become a problem in the future, consider having them removed or moved.
- Don’t put foreign objects (for example: paper towels, cloths, feminine hygiene product, cigarettes, etc.) down the drain or toilet.
- Don’t pour grease down the kitchen sink drain.
- Dispose of problem foods such as bones, stringy vegetables, and rice in the trash rather than in the garbage disposal.
- Don’t pour harsh chemical drain cleaners down your drains. They can cause corrosion of pipes.