Common Sewer Line Damage Causes
You may wonder what causes damage to residential sewer lines, and our service professionals will gladly answer all your questions about your home’s plumbing system. Sewer line damage is a very common problem for homeowners. A residential plumbing system runs 24 hours a day, channeling water and waste out of a home through its sewer line. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley’s exceptional plumbing services is available to households in California encountering sewer line issues that call for professional repairs or replacement services. Many threats can damage your sewer lines and render your sinks, toilets, and other drains usable until you invest in plumbing solutions. Our service professionals perform timely and effective residential sewer line replacement and repair services to ensure your system is up and running again to support your domestic activities. Any pipe can break due to running water’s extreme internal pressure or the surrounding earth’s external pressure. The following are several common causes of sewer line damage:
- Tree roots infiltrating your pipe’s holes or joints
- Poor sewer pipe layout, design, or installation
- Wear and tear from aging
- Poor maintenance
- Ground freezing and thawing
- Debris buildups, including grease, sludge, toilet paper, and hair
- City’s sewer line causing a backup
- Earthquakes, earth movement, or heavy construction in the area
Signs You Have a Broken Sewer Pipe
You won’t know if sewer pipe repair or replacement services are necessary unless you’re aware of an issue. Sewer lines typically show signs there’s a problem, so you can reach out to Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley and let our service professionals act quickly. Don’t get worked up because you think investing in residential sewer line repair will cost too much. Sewer line repairs often fit your budget better than what a residential sewer line replacement will cost. You can save money and undue hassle in any event by acting as quickly as possible. Our company offers all plumbing repairs and replacements at competitive rates and will give you an accurate estimate before starting your job. If any of the following are issues at your home, your sewer pipe may be broken:
- Toilets lack water
- Noticeable sewage backing up in your bathtubs or toilets
- Flooded lawn
- Bathtubs not draining at all or draining too slowly
- Foul smells coming from your yard areas or basement
- Significantly greener grass growing close to your sewage pipe
Repair & Replacement Options for Broken Sewer Lines
Our highly trained and seasoned service professionals will start your job by thoroughly examining and assessing your sewer line situation to figure out the best solution to resolve it. We do whatever is in our power to prevent a sewer line replacement, but sometimes replacing your pipes is unavoidable. We’ve outlined a few common sewer line services to resolve San Ramon homeowners’ sewer line issues:
- Pipe Relining – With this method, we give you new pipes from the inside out. Another option is relining your current pipes with a type of sleeve that resolves and prevents cracks. Our service professionals clean out your sewer pipe and then apply the lining. This lining hardens in just a few hours.
- Preventative Maintenance – Preventive pipe maintenance services by our team are essential to prevent your sewer line from getting damaged over time. Our service professionals carefully inspect and clean your drains to avoid significant debris buildup and prevent clogs, cracks, and bursts.
- Burst Pipe Hydraulic Replacement – For this method, our team pulls a new sewer pipe through your old one if it has too much damage. This trenchless technique breaks apart your damaged pipe and replaces it with a new one using hydraulics.
Sewer Line Replacement Explained
Unfortunately, sewer line repairs won’t always be a viable solution, but you can count on Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley to perform a residential sewer line replacement at your home. Our service professionals will go through your replacement options, give you an accurate estimate, and answer all your questions about your project. We have cost-effective trenchless methods available in some cases that won’t tear up your landscaping or lawn. We always aim to save you time and money as we care for all your sewer line needs.
Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley is ready to help when sewage leaks under your property or tree roots have invaded and ruined your sewer lines. We’ll gladly fix your deformed, collapsed, broken, or cracked sewer lines. Get in touch with us today to schedule repairs or replacement services for your sewer line or request an estimate.
How do I Know if I Need Residential Sewer Line Repair?
Homeowners need to be able to recognize the warning signs that they need sewer line repair. If you call us early enough, your repairs may be faster, easier, and less expensive. Professional sewer line repairs can also reduce your risk of needing sewer line replacement. Call our team of professionals if you see any of these signs you need residential sewer line repair:
- Strange odors inside or outside your home, like sewage or mold
- Gurgling noises from your drains or toilet
- Mold or mildew growth on your interior walls, usually behind plumbing fixtures
- Slow drains or frequently clogged drains
- Flooding in your yard or basement
- Puddles of smelly water or soft spots in your yard
- Dirty water or waste backing into your sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower drains
- An increase in pests or rodents around your house
- Sudden patches of lush green grass in your yard
- The water level in your toilet bowl keeps going up and down
What Causes Sewer Line Problems?
There can be many potential causes for sewer line problems. The most common causes of a clogged sewer line are:
- Flushing anything other than waste or toilet paper down a toilet
- Rinsing food, fat, oil, or grease down the drain
- Using the garbage disposal improperly
- Tree root intrusions in the pipe
- Old age
- Degradation from heavy traffic or construction
- Frequent freezing and thawing of the ground
- Municipal sewer line issues
- Poorly designed, constructed, or maintained sewer lines
- Scale buildup
Do I Need Sewer Line Repair or Sewer Line Replacement?
When we visit your home to inspect your sewer line, our goal is to find the most efficient, effective solution to your sewer line problems. We will never suggest sewer line replacement if sewer line repair is a viable option. We may recommend residential sewer line replacement if:
- Your sewer line failure is due to old age
- You have frequent clogged pipes that keep coming back even after we clear them
- You have issues with tree root intrusions
- The damage to your sewer line is so expensive that your residential sewer line repair cost would be as much or more than your residential sewer line replacement cost
- Your sewer line has burst or completely collapsed
- You have a severely corroded sewer line
How Can I Prevent Sewer Line Problems?
You can take proactive measures to prevent sewer line problems at your home. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of a clogged sewer line or sewer system backup:
- Be careful about what you flush down your toilet or rinse down your drain
- Use food strainers and hair catchers on all drains
- Flush your drains once a month to see if you have slow drains or blockages
- Schedule a sewer line inspection every two years
- Call our team to fix problems as soon as they happen
- Use enzymatic or bacterial drain cleaners every month
- Don’t plant trees or bushes around the sewer line
- Replace old, damaged pipes or clay pipes
- Schedule annual preventive drain cleaning services
- Ask us to install a backwater prevention valve
What Is a Sewer Line Inspection?
A sewer line inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of your sewer line's condition, age, performance, efficiency, and safety. We will use a small, state-of-the-art plumbing video camera to inspect every inch of your sewer line for signs of leaks, corrosion, tree roots, pests, clogs and buildup, and any other damage. Our sewer video camera is attached to a monitor that allows us to view the camera’s progression down the sewer line in real-time. We can pause, rewind, and record the footage and use it to diagnose a sewer line problem, and prevent, or track the condition of your sewer line over time.
How Much Does it Cost to Repair or Replace a Sewer Line?
The cost to repair or replace a sewer line depends on several factors: where you live, who performs the work, how extensive the job is, the length of the pipe, the pipe material, and any complications that occur during the process. In general, residential sewer line replacement costs between $500-20,000. The average sewer line repair cost is $4,000, and most repairs cost between $650-7,500. We always provide our customers with upfront estimates and transparent pricing information before we begin work.
When Should I Call a Professional to Replace a Residential Sewer Line?
You should contact our professionals when you notice any warning signs of an issue with your sewer line or plumbing. The sooner you call us, the more likely we can repair the issue quickly and easily. If you wait, the problem will only get bigger and more expensive.