Understanding Sewer Line Problems And How To Prevent Them

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Your plumbing is used by your family on a daily basis. You probably don't give it a lot of thought until something goes wrong. When your plumbing starts having issues, it can turn into a mess real quick. Not all plumbing issues require immediate attention, but when it is has something to do with your sewer line, it is best you get it fixed right away.

Sewer line problems can turn into hundreds and even thousands of dollars in repairs if they are not caught quickly. If you can catch it sooner, you could avoid putting out a lot of time and money into your plumbing:

Signs You Have Sewer Line Issues

Have you taken a shower or tried to wash your hands and notice that the water is slow to drain? One of the easiest ways to tell if you are facing a potential sewer line problem is slow drainage issues. While it could just be a minor clog, you need to make sure it doesn't turn into something worse. Another way to tell if you have potential sewer line problems is by watching your plumbing fixtures.

If you use one fixture and start to see water coming up in another, this is a sign there could be sewer problems. For example, you go to wash your hands and notice the toilet starts filling up with water. Another way is by running the washing machine and water starts building up in the shower. This is a result of a clog somewhere in the plumbing lines. 

Preventing Sewer Line Issues

If your home was built prior to the 70s chances are your sewer lines are on their last leg. Most sewer lines installed during this time are made of clay which can easily crack and break with pressure. Things like tree roots and the pressure of moisture can bust your sewer pipes creating a mess. The only way to ensure this does not happen and your pipes remain sturdy is by replacing them with PVC pipes that are known to last 100 years. 

Handling the Problem

The best way to diagnose the sewer line problem is by having a licensed plumber come in and run a video camera through the line. This is not an invasive procedure so you don't have to worry about a mess being made. This simply allows the plumber to figure out where the clog is so they can get to work on repairing it.

To learn more, contact a company like Drain-O-Rooter with any questions or concerns you have.


25 February 2015

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Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.