The sewer line is one of the most important systems in a home and an essential element of everyday life. The sewer line also plays a vital role in the functionality of the plumbing system. When something starts to go wrong with the pipes, you need to know the warning signs of potential sewer problems. Read on for the top signs that you need a sewer line replacement.
Slow Drain Problems
We’ve all experienced an occasional low draining bathtub or sink, typically caused by hair or soap scum clogging the drain. The important thing to remember is that sometimes, slow drains are a sign of sewer line problems. A single slow drain isn’t anything to be overly concerned about however, if every drain in the house drains slowly, call a plumber before you end up with a serious sewer backup.
Sewer Gas Odor
A bad sewage gas odor is usually a sign that something is wrong, typically meaning there’s a clog (that can cause a sewer backup), or crack somewhere in the sewer line. These are issues that typically require the knowledge and expert skills of a professional plumber.
Another clue that you may need a sewer line replacement is a brake (or leak) in the sewer line that causes excessive water to collect in the yard. Besides feeling soggy, you may notice raised areas of the lawn’s surface. This generally means there’s more water under the surface of the lawn than there should be. Another sign of excessive wastewater in the yard is lush green areas of grass. You see when the sewer line leaks it emits wastewater that leaches into the soil, fertilizing the grass.
The Age of the Home
The age of the home plays an important role in whether the sewer line should be replaced. Just like all ageing pipes, sewer lines age too. If you don’t replace an ancient sewer line, you’re at risk of dealing with potentially serious problems done the road.
Whether your house is old or new, when the sewer line backs up, you could end up with raw sewage in your home. At that point, you’ll not only end up paying for emergency flood and plumbing services, but you’ll also have to spend a lot of money to replace all the things the sewage came into contact with. This can be avoided by contacting a reputable plumbing company to schedule routine plumbing inspections and maintenance. If the sewer system needs a repair or sewer line replacement, a professional plumber will ensure the job is done right.