Sewer Line Replacement
Sewer Line Replacement
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One of the stinkiest and most inconvenient problems that homeowners run into is with their sewer line. The sewer line is the series of pipes that connect your house's pipes to the city drain or your sewage pit. Sewer lines are usually located two to three feet underground and are responsible for getting rid of human waste and wastewater from your toilets, sinks, and tubs.
Replacing a sewer line is back-breaking work and a massive undertaking. In this article, we'll look at what all goes into replacing your sewer line, and what you can expect throughout the process. Contact us at 1-800-Plumber + Air if you're experiencing sewage problems, and we'll be able to replace or repair your sewage line and get your home back to its normal self.
How to Know if a Sewer Line Needs to be Replaced
Not all sewage problems manifest themselves in the same ways. It's important to know all the signs and symptoms of a faulty sewage line so that you can have it replaced in a timely manner.
Constant backups and slow drainage
One of the first things you'll notice with a damaged sewer line is that your toilets will back up and that water will drain very slowly. This likely means that there's a clog somewhere in your sewer line which can lead to a repair or replacement, depending on the damage.
Unpleasant odors around your drain lines
You'll also notice the smell of sewage in places that shouldn't smell like sewage. Rank odors in your bathroom is one thing, but stink can occur in the kitchen and laundry areas as well. All the drain and sewer pipes in your home are connected, which means that smells can travel anywhere.
Rodent or pest problems in your home
One of the more disturbing indicators that you have sewage problems is unexpected guests in your home. I'm not talking about friends and family, I'm referring to mice, rats, bugs, and insects. When there's enough damage in your sewer line in the form of a crack or a hole, these unwanted visitors can crawl through your line and into your home.
Potholes, puddles, and yard growth
Because the sewer line runs under the ground in your yard, that's likely where you'll see the results of a line that's broken, cracked, or leaking. Water will seep up through the ground near a broken sewage line and you'll have unexpected puddles and potholes in no time. You'll also likely see grass and weeds flourish in areas where sewage has leaked out and is acting like a fertilizer for your yard.
It's important to pay attention to the inside and outside of your home for the signs and symptoms of a damaged sewage line.
Can I Replace My Own Sewer Line?
Replacing your own sewer line is extremely hard work and quite time-consuming. The line is located two to three feet underground and consists of pipes ranging anywhere from 4 to 6 inches in diameter. If you have an older home, these pipes are likely made of steel or cast iron, both of which are heavy, hard, and tough to work with.
It's also important to remember that there might be other plumbing and electrical conduit pipes under your yard. Digging into one of these pipes is illegal and will cause serious water or electrical damage to your property. If you don't have the tools or experience necessary to replace a sewer line, you should leave the job to the pros. Contact us at 1-800-Plumber to find out more about our sewer line repair and replacement crews.
Common Reasons That Sewer Lines Need to be Replaced
Obviously, the reason that a sewer line needs to be replaced is that it's damaged. However, there are a variety of reasons that can lead to this problem.
Blocks and Backups
Sometimes, blockages and backups in your line can be repaired. However, if the problem is too severe and widespread, an all-out replacement may be necessary.
Many older sewage lines were composed of steel, cast iron, and clay molding. While these materials were great at the time, installers didn't realize that they rust and corrode from the inside out. Depending on how old your sewage line is and what material it's made of, the pipes might be cracked and corroded.
Another big problem with sewage lines is that they're susceptible to tree roots. As trees grow, their roots spread and can penetrate a nearby sewage line.
Finally, old age can be the cause of your problem or a good reason to opt for replacement rather than repair. Sewage lines are meant to last 50+ years, but problems can occur before then. If you have an older home that frequently encounters sewage problems, it's a good investment to replace your sewage pipes.
What to Expect When Your Sewer Line is Being Replaced
Replacing your sewage lines is extremely important and necessary when there's a major problem. However, the process may disrupt your lifestyle for a few hours or days. Here's what to expect while your sewage lines are being replaced.
You Won't Have a Bathroom
Obviously, you won't be able to use your toilets or anything that results in water drainage. During the course of your sewer line replacement, your existing lines will be disconnected, which means no toilets, tubs, or sinks during the process.
Lots of Noise
Replacing a sewer line isn't a peaceful process by any means. The workers will likely be using trenchers, jackhammers, saws, and a variety of other noisy tools throughout the process.
A Substantial Mess
Along with lots of noise, you can expect a substantial mess, especially in your yard. To access the sewage line, workers will have to dig two to three feet into the ground. They're also working with sewage and wastewater, which means a smelly mess.
Who to Call for Sewer Line ReplacementIf you're feeling down about your sewage line problems, you don't have to. Call the professional plumbers at 1-800-Plumber + Air, and we'll get your problem squared away as quickly as possible. We have the tools, expertise, and experience to know if your sewage line can be repaired or if a replacement is needed. Contact us to make an appointment and schedule our services today!
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Visibly "Healthier" and Greener Areas in the Lawn
The wastewater that seeps out of a damaged sewer line is an excellent fertilizer. That's because sewage contains a lot of nutrients, especially phosphorous.
With that said, you might also notice how some parts of your lawn are flourishing better than the rest. Plants growing in these sections may be greener and visibly healthier.
All that sounds great, but keep in mind that sewage is still wastewater. It may be great for your plants, but it's harmful to both humans and animals.
In addition, the harmful contents of wastewater can spread through rainfall. They can mix with water runoff from rain or melted snow, for instance. The runoff can then end up contaminating other sources of water, such as nearby lakes or rivers.
Increased Pest and Vermin Encounters
The smell of sewage can attract unwanted visitors to your home, such as mice, rats, roaches, and flies.
Now, keep in mind that mice can squeeze in through a nickel-sized hole. Rats need something bigger, but they can still make their way past a half dollar-sized hole. That's why they can fit inside sewer and drain lines.
Roaches are also sewer-dwellers, so they love the smell of wastewater and sewage. If you have consistent water backups at home, the odors may beckon to them. While they may not cause property damage like rats or mice, they do carry at least six parasite species.
Flies also thrive in moist, organic materials, including garbage and sewage. These pests also lay their eggs in such materials. So, if you've seen more of these pesky fliers at home, you may either have a damaged sewer line or a recent water backup.
In the US, almost half of all residential properties have had mold or dampness problems. In these homes, respiratory issues appeared to be much more prevalent. Such health issues included asthma, coughs, wheezing, and even nausea and fatigue.
As mentioned above, mold and dampness are two things that plumbing backups can result in. They can cause a considerable reduction in your home's indoor air quality.
As such, if you or your loved ones seem to always be down with something, it may be due to poor IAQ. A clogged or busted sewer line, in turn, may be causing poor IAQ due to wastewater backups.
How to Know My Sewer Needs Service: Get Help from the Pros
As you can see, there are many possible answers to the question, "how to know my sewer needs service?" It can range from visible to audible and even olfactory signs.
Do note, however, that multiple drain lines may be the cause of your woes, and not the sewer line itself. If several clogs occur at the same time, they may exhibit the same symptoms.
If you have multiple slow drains or faulty toilets, please know that 1-800-Plumber +Air can help. Feel free to get in touch with us now so we can check and fix your faulty plumbing pipes ASAP.
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Visible Liquid and Solid Wastes
When wastewater backs up into drains and toilets, it can bring along with it solid wastes. These may appear as "sludge" or "muck," and they can smell terrible.
If you see this coming out of your drains, step away from it. Contact 1800 Plumber for emergency sewer service as soon as possible.
For starters, wastewater is full of pathogens, which are disease-causing organisms. Scientists say that many of these are parasites, as well as bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. They also note that one milliliter of sewage can contain 1,000 to 10 million virus particles.
Damaged and clogged sewers can make wastewater flow out of drains that you rarely use or see. These often include drains in the basement and guest rooms' baths.
Because there's less traffic in these areas of your home, you may not notice the backup right away.
Over time, however, the wastewater can give rise to mold development. Molds take as little as 24 to 48 hours to grow in damp and humid conditions. From there, they can spread and reproduce, giving the air in your home a "mold-like" odor.
So, aside from sewer smells, the air in your home may also smell like a pool or gym locker. It may also remind you of damp socks or stale bread.
If any of this sounds familiar, that's an indication that your sewer may need service. Do note, however, that leaks in your water supply line may also contribute to mold growth.
Wet Spots in the Garden
Sewer pipes can crack under the extra stress (and weight) of blockages. Tree roots can also encroach upon them, choking or even puncturing them.
Either way, such damages can cause the pipe to leak out wastewater. The more of it that comes out, the wetter the soil becomes.
In time, the water can reach the surface of the ground, causing visible wet spots. You may also notice actual pooled-up water on your garden or lawn.
If you've seen any of these symptoms, please don't hesitate to get in touch with 1-800- Plumber +Air. Our licensed plumbing technicians can come to your rescue any time of the day.