How Do Sewer Lines Become Damaged?
Many things can damage sewer lines, from tree roots to cold weather. Your sewer line is in constant use, transporting wastewater to the city’s main sewer line. Even though it is buried deep underground, it is exposed to the elements. Anytime a sewer line is cracked or damaged, you will need plumbing repairs before your sewer line works properly again. Sewer lines can be made from a number of materials, including PVC, cast iron, or even clay. They are usually divided into sections of 10-foot piping with joints in between. These joints are often the weak points where damage begins, although cracks can form anywhere. Some other sources of sewer line damage include:
- A lack of maintenance
- Improper installation, design, or layout
- Tree roots growing into cracks or joints in the sewer line
- Blockages formed by oil, grease, sludge, hair, toilet paper, and other debris
- Backups from the city’s main sewer line
- Repeated freezing and thawing of the soil surrounding the sewer line
- Age-related sources of damage
- Movement of the soil, earthquakes, and heavy construction near your home
Identifying a Broken Sewer Line
When you notice the signs of a damaged, broken, or leaking sewer line, Mr. Rooter® Plumbing of Boise can help you get your plumbing system back up and running again. Before you can know that it is time to call a team of service professionals for help, you have to identify the signs of a damaged sewer line. The earlier you identify a problem with your sewer line, the less damage it will cause. Some of the ways to know that you need residential sewer line repairs include:
- Low levels of water in your toilets
- Sewage backups in your bathtubs or toilets
- Clogged drains or drains that take too long to empty
- Flooding or soggy areas of your lawn
- Noticeably greener sections of grass near your lateral sewer line
- The smell of sewage around your property, especially in your basement or yard
Your Options for Repairing Damaged Sewer Lines
When your sewer line needs to be repaired or replaced, there are a few options we offer to homeowners. Not every solution is suitable for every situation, but our team of service professionals will help you understand your options, including the residential sewer line replacement costs. The solutions for a damaged sewer line include the following:
- Preventive Pipe Maintenance – Routine maintenance, like cleanings, scoping, and clog removal, can keep your sewer line in top condition. This is often all you need if your sewer line is experiencing regular blockages and buildups.
- Pipe Bursting – Pipe bursting offers homeowners a trenchless method of completely replacing their existing sewer line with new pipes. We use specialized equipment to break up your existing sewer line. Then, we thread a new sewer line through the spot where the old one was.
The Beauty of Trenchless Sewer Line Replacements
Many homeowners worry that to replace a residential sewer line they must tear up their yard and turn their home into a messy construction site. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing of Boise offers trenchless sewer line replacements that don’t ruin your lawn or landscaping. This is one of the most cost-effective (and least destructive) ways to replace or repair your sewer line as well. If you are interested in trenchless sewer line replacement services, mention it to our service professional when they meet with you for your first appointment.
Schedule a Residential Sewer Line Repair Appointment Now!
Mr. Rooter® Plumbing of Boise is a trusted name in the Boise, Idaho area. Homeowners trust us because we make the process as easy and accessible as possible, taking the stress out of repairing a damaged sewer line. We offer upfront pricing, always explaining the residential sewer line repair costs ahead of time. Our team even has a 24/7 line with live answering and appointment scheduling. Schedule your residential sewer line repair and replacement appointment now!