Few people think about their sewer line, the pipe that your home’s drains feed into to dispose of wastewater until a problem occurs. Too often, that problem is a messy one. A sewer line clog or a sewer line that has collapsed can cause wastewater and sewage to back up into your home through floor drains. When this happens, you have a plumbing emergency on your hands. You can contact Holistic Homes, LLC and we’ll send a certified plumber to your Spring Hill, FL, home to tackle the problem.
What’s a Sewer Line?
When most people think about sewers, they think about their municipality’s sewer system. However, they own part of the sewer system and are responsible for the sewer line that runs across their property before feeding into the municipality’s sewer main line. Sewer line problems can plague older homes, but also newer ones. Shifting soil can lead to underground pipe problems in some cases. Sewer pipes associated with older homes are more vulnerable to corrosion and tree roots.
The sewer line is an integral part of your home’s plumbing system. When it’s clogged or broken, it stops the entire plumbing system from functioning. Using toilets, sinks, showers, or other plumbing fixtures can lead to a backup of wastewater into the home where it can cause damage to walls and flooring. Sewage that backs up into a house can be a serious health risk. Because of the seriousness of these issues, it’s always best to let a trained plumbing professional address sewer line problems.
Signs of a Sewer Line Issue
Often, the first sign of a sewer pipe problem that a person may notice is a gurgling or bubbling sound when they use a toilet or their shower. These sounds tend to indicate that a clog has developed. While the water may still appear to flow down the drain normally, you might find that the drain begins to flow slowly. At this point, it’s a good idea to call a plumber from Holistic Homes, LLC to inspect the issue–before it gets worse.
A clear sign of a sewer line problem is that multiple drains are backing up. Usually, when one drain backs up, the clog is located near that particular drain. When several drains back up, the problem usually means that the issue is with the sewer line.
What Causes Sewer Line Problems?
When your drains begin to back up and you realize you have a sewer line issue on your hands, you may be wondering what’s causing it. Most people are unable to tell if the issue is a sewer line clog, tree root infiltration into the sewer line, or a collapsed section of pipe. If the pipe is broken, no amount of drain cleaner will clear it–and commercial drain cleaner is never a good idea as the chemicals will sit in the line when they can’t break through clogs; even though they’re marketed as safe for plumbing systems, they can damage your pipes.
Call an Experienced Plumber for Sewer Line Repairs
When your sewer line is backing up, you can contact Holistic Homes, LLC for emergency plumbing service. We can send a licensed plumber to your Spring Hill, FL home to inspect the problem. In many cases, the issue is a clog that’s caused either by debris in the wastewater–a buildup of food debris, for instance–or tree roots. Tree roots can get into your line through small cracks, often found at the seams connecting sections of pipe. Over time, these seams tend to weaken. As tree roots trail through the earth in search of water and nutrients, they hit the jackpot when they can infiltrate your sewer line.
Once these roots enter the pipe, they’ll continue to grow as they absorb the water and nutrients that flow reliably through your plumbing system. As they grow, they will begin to block the pipe. Any material you flush down the pipe, including toilet paper, will get caught up in the roots and cause an even bigger clog to form.
In most cases, a plumber will root out the line with a cutter. The cutter cuts through the roots so they can be washed away. This solves the problem–temporarily. The roots will eventually grow back. Some people flush a special type of plumbing system root killer down the toilet periodically to kill the roots, preventing them from causing another messy clog.
What Happens If the Sewer Line Is Broken?
Sometimes the sewer line ruptures or collapses. In these cases, your plumber will recommend sewer line repair. There are a couple of methods for repairing broken pipes. In some cases, the plumber can reline the pipe without having to dig up the yard. At other times, the only way to access and replace a severely broken pipe is to dig down to it. Digging to replace the pipe is a big job, but once the pipe is replaced, you shouldn’t have to contend with issues like tree roots again.
Replacing a sewer line is not a typically DIY plumbing job. If you need pipe replacement, you can contact Holistic Homes, LLC for a quote for the job. We bring all the equipment needed to efficiently complete the project. Once completed, you’ll be able to enjoy a fully functioning plumbing system again.
A broken or clogged sewer line is a serious plumbing emergency that can’t be ignored. Let a plumber from Holistic Homes, LLC inspect your Spring Hill, FL, sewer line to determine the problem. Our plumbers are highly trained and experienced with these types of issues. Holistic Homes, LLC also features a full spectrum of residential and commercial plumbing services, including drain cleaning, leak detection, water line repairs, and more. Call us if you have a plumbing emergency or to schedule routine plumbing maintenance.