Sewer Line Problems You May Face

You probably don’t think much about your sewer line. We understand; it’s not something you probably want to think about at all. However, should your sewer line suffer from issues, it will quickly turn into a serious situation. In that case, you’ll want a plumber in Frederick, MD to help you solve the problem fast. Call Larry & Sons, Inc. for the right kind of help.

The sewer line carries all the wastewater from your home out to the municipal sewer main in the street. The sewer line is the responsibility of the homeowner, not the city, so you should know about the following potential sewer line problems you may have to face one day:

Common sewer line troubles

  • Corrosion: This is a issue that afflicts older pipes. For many decades, sewer lines were constructed from galvanized steel; although durable and resistant to damage, steels is also susceptible to corrosion over time, which weakens it and causes leaks, and eventually even breaking. If you have older pipes, look into having them replaced with corrosion-resistant copper or PEX pipes.
  • Root infiltration: This is one of the most common reasons for sewer pipe issues. The roots of trees will seek out water and therefore will creep toward pipes. The roots with start to grow into the pipes, blocking them and eventually asserting enough pressure to cause them to break, no matter the material from which they are constructed.
  • Grease, fat, and oil clogs: Dumping out too much liquid grease, fat, and oil into drains will cause a waxy build-up along the sewer pipe that could eventually block it off entirely. Avoid putting any of these substances down the drain (they look harmless, but they solidify into a thick, waxy solid) to prevent this from happening.
  • Natural disasters: Landslides and floods, or anything that can cause a shift in the ground, can lead to the sewer line breaking. Construction work can also cause it.

What sewer line trouble means

If your sewer line suffers from blocks, leaks, or breaks, it will lead to serious problems. Early warning signs are slow drains around the house and sewer smells. Water spots will start appearing in the basement and the foundations. Eventually, full clogs will develop, and your whole plumbing system, as well as the construction material of your home, will be put in jeopardy.

You can’t solve sewer line damage yourself. It requires experts to dig down to the trenches where the line is located and fix it. Don’t attempt to do anything about it yourself, since you risk causing catastrophic damage to your house and yard.

Larry & Sons, Inc. has more than half a century of plumbing work to help you with your sewer line woes. Call us when you need an expert plumber in Frederick, MD.