Sewer Line Problems: The Signs & How A Plumber Can Help

Posted on: 9 July 2015

Has a foul odor suddenly taken over your home and you can't figure out why? The odor may be a sign that your main sewer line is in need of a repair, and it may even need to be replaced if there are cracks in it. Find out below about the signs of a sewer line problem, as well as how a plumber can repair the problem.

What are Signs of an Issue with the Main Sewer Line?

If your sewer line is not functional properly, in addition to an odor, you may notice that water drains out of your plumbing fixtures slower than usual. The problem may be due to a clog in the sewer line that is preventing water from flowing smoothly. Clogs can occur from an accumulation of dirt, trash or even from an animal carcass in the sewer line. It is also possible for tree roots to grow inside of the pipe and create a problem.

Another sign of a sewer line problem is when plumbing fixtures make bubbling noises. You may notice that toilet water makes bubbles when you are using the sink. The problem is likely due to a clogged up sewer line that is creating air pockets.

How Does a Plumber Repair a Sewer Line Problem?

When a sewer line is clogged up, one of the most effective ways to repair the problem is using a commercial pump. The pump is powerful enough to push multiple types of debris out of the plumbing system. The plumber may also clean out the pipe with a snake, but it will be more powerful than the snakes that are sold to the general public.

If the plumber suspects that there is a crack in the sewer line that is allowing dirt to seep in, he or she may use a camera to get a visual of the pipe. Repairing a cracked sewer line will require that your yard is dug up. It is also possible that the crack will be too large for simply getting sealed. If there is extensive damage, the plumber will likely have to replacing the sewer line.

Getting the sewer line replaced is not something that you can avoid if it is necessary. You don't want to end up with sewerage backed up in your house and causing greater problems. Expect to pay at least $1,000 or more for a new sewer line. Speak to a professional plumbing company, like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating, so they can figure out what kind of repair is required for your sewer line.