When you experience problems with your drains and pipes leading to a clogged toilet, backed up sink or slow draining bathtub, it’s time to find the root cause. At RJ Tilley, our skilled plumbers are available to help you diagnose and treat issues with your main sewer line whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Our team is skilled and experienced with a variety of issues related to fixing water and sewer pipes. Sewer lines can become clogged or rupture due to a variety of factors.
Over time, tree roots, rocks, and or shifting soil can cause breaks or blockages in a traditional sewer pipe. Depending on the type of issue and severity of the issue, repair, or replacement of your sewer line may be needed.
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Your main sewer line is an integral part of your home because it carries waste from every sink, toilet, and shower to your municipal sewer line or septic system.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility for any issues with existing pipes between your residence and the local sewer hookup. If you have a broken sewer line that gets backed up or stops working correctly, you want to get it repaired as soon as possible to reduce its impact on your home.
It’s best to catch your main sewer line issues as quickly as possible. Here are some warning signs to look out for.
Your drain or toilet backing up regularly is a common sign that you have issues with your sewer pipe. Even if it’s not backing up to where you can see it, you might hear gurgling sounds, which is another red flag.
If you find that multiple fixtures are clogged (e.g., toilet and shower) at the same time, the root cause could be an issue with your main sewer pipe.
You might also find that your sinks and bathtubs drain slowly. This is a common sign that your main sewer pipe is experiencing problems.
Since your sewer line extends through your front lawn, you want to notice any changes to your yard. Warning signs include soggy patches or indentations on your lawn.
Sewer drain line clogs are common and can take place for many different reasons.
Common causes of sewer line clogs include:
Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Often time baby wipes or toilet wipes, even if they’re labeled flushable, don’t flush well and shouldn’t go down the toilet. You also want to be careful not to flush items such as feminine hygiene products and paper towels.
When you put grease, oil, or fat down the drain, it’s a recipe for disaster. You should never put these items down your drain. Instead, pour them into a container and throw it away once it solidifies.
If your pipes are damaged, it can impact the drainage of your sewer line. Pipe damage can occur due to leaking joints, pipe corrosion, or the sewer line rupturing for any number of reasons.
Your tree roots can cause significant damage to your main sewer line. The tree roots can actually crush the pipes and lead to a complete sewer line block. This is especially common in older homes.
Some older homes may have used cast iron pipes for the sewer line. Cast iron slowly degrades over time, and it can become clogged from its own debris. The cast iron pipe’s internal surface does not stay smooth as it degrades, and that provides a surface for hair and other debris to cling.
In many cases, a clog in a cast iron pipe can be removed, but sometimes a cast iron pipe has degraded to such a point that it will need to be replaced.
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Once you suspect an issue with your main sewer line and reach out to us, we will complete an inspection to identify the cause of your issue and evaluate the condition of your sewer lines. With that information, we can make a practical repair recommendation based on our plumbing services.
Schedule an Appointment for your sewer line repair issues. Our team will address your issues promptly!