Signs You Need Sewer Line Repair
Sewer line problems are rarely subtle, especially as they progress. If you need sewer line repair, you’ll probably have noticed one or more of these symptoms of a problem already:
- Clogs or slow drains: The most common symptom of a sewer line problem is a drain issue that affects your entire home instead of just one sink or toilet. With minor issues, you may only notice the issue with the drains closest to the main line, as these are most immediately affected by a sewer drain problem.
- Strange smells: If your drains start to stink or your yard is smelling foul, then you may have a ruptured or clogged sewer line to deal with.
- Wet spots in your yard: A cracked sewer line can release liquid into your lawn, leaving puddles even on dry days. In more subtle cases, you may notice a particularly lush, green, healthy spot in your yard caused by the extra fertilization.
- Sinkholes: With certain soil types, those wet spots in your yard might not become puddles — they might become small sinkholes and sunken areas in your yard.
- Gurgling drains: Gurgling, bubbling drains can also be an indicator of sewer line rupture, as it can imply the flow of air and water through your drains is faulty.
How to Keep Your Lucas Sewer Lines in Good Shape
Much of sewer line care involves not putting things down your drains that you shouldn’t — which mostly means thinking about what you try to put down your kitchen sink and what you flush down the toilet for most homes.
For your kitchen sink, even if you have a garbage disposal, you don’t want to put sticky, tacky, or swelling materials down the sink. This mostly means grease, oils, and fats, but also things like rice or starchy foods that might swell or break down into sticky residues.
Your toilet is simple: Toilet paper and human waste are the only things a toilet is intended to handle properly. Wet wipes that purport to be toilet-safe regularly test as anything but — and anything else you’re thinking about flushing should probably go in the trash.
Regularly treating your drains with a safe enzymatic cleaner, not a harsh chemical product, can help immensely with keeping it all clean, as can simple vinegar and baking soda.
Sewer line repair usually comes in one of two forms: traditional and trenchless.
In traditional sewer line repair or replacement, a trench is dug in your yard for access to the offending pipe, at which point it can be repaired or, more likely, replaced entirely with a new pipe. This tears up your yard but gives better access to the pipe.
In trenchless sewer line repair or replacement, a pipe is fed into the space occupied by the current pipe with a special head to burst the existing pipe into pieces, leaving you with a fresh new pipe surrounded by the wreckage of the old one. This leaves your yard completely intact, but it’s only appropriate in certain situations. Your Staggs plumber can tell you if trenchless sewer repair is right for your pipes.
If you need sewer line repairs, you’re going to want to work with a team you can trust to do the job right and leave you with perfectly flowing new or repaired drains. The team at Staggs Plumbing has delivered excellent service to clients for over 30 years, maintaining an A-plus BBB rating through the hard work of our qualified and experienced plumbers. We offer free quotes on all sewer line repairs, so you’ll know what to expect before you commit.
Everyone was very professional and did their best to accommodate any requests we had. They can in to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ended up helping us with 2 faucets, our tub, and a toilet handle. April and Nick were awesome!Aurora B.