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Five Common Sewer Line Issues to Avoid

The sewer line is like a master drain for your house. It’s essential that your sewer line works properly, or you can find yourself in a messy, inconvenient and expensive situation. The best way to avoid costly sewer line repair or replacement is to get regular maintenance. A good plumber can use tools and technology, like video inspections, to check for signs of trouble.

The five most common sewer line issues to avoid are:

  1. Clogs

A clog in the sewer line can lead to an enormous amount of pressure that eventually bursts your sewer line. Prevent clogs by being careful about what you put down your toilets. Don’t use them like you would a trash can. If you notice gurgling sounds or significant backups in your toilets, you may want to call a professional to check for problems.

  1. Corrosion

Pipes get old over time, and that goes for your main sewer line, too. This is especially true if your sewer line is anything other than durable PVC pipe. When pipes corrode, they eventually collapse and begin to restrict the flow through the main sewer line. Signs of corroded and collapsed pipes include gurgling noises, slow draining and strong odors in your yard or basement.

  1. Leaks

While leaks have similar signs and consequences as corrosion, they typically occur around a pipe joint. You can identify the specific point of a leak because you’ll notice water gathering in that area. For example, a concentrated patch of sewage water in your yard is a good sign there’s a joint leak just below the surface.

  1. Roots

The trees in your yard can be difficult to control. As they grow above ground, their root structures are growing below the ground. Those roots can put pressure on your main sewer line and eventually penetrate it. A video inspection is the best way to see if a tree root is the cause of clogging and backups.

  1. Cracks and Breaks

Cracking or broken sewer lines are the first steps before a pipe corrodes and completely collapses. It's best to catch cracks and breaks before they become full collapses. Again, the best way to identify cracks and breaks early on is to get regular sewer line maintenance and inspections.

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida, we’re your source for an expert plumbing service that can address issues with main sewer lines. If you're experiencing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, give us a call. We can help quickly identify the specific problem and make recommendations on how best to solve it. Also, if your sewer line is aging, call on us for a proactive inspection. We can provide insights into the condition of your main sewer line and any emerging issues it might have.

Contact us today for plumbing services at your Oneida home.