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Common Sewer Line Problems And How To Fix Them

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A sewer line is a vital part of your home’s plumbing system as it transports water and wastes away from your home. However, because sewer lines are underground, they are exposed to the outside elements and prone to damage. Damaged sewer lines can result in several problems in your home, including flooding, sewage backups, and blockages. If you are experiencing these problems, you need the help of a rooter technician to inspect and repair your sewer line issues quickly.

Here are 4 of the most common sewer problems and how a rooter technician will repair them:

1) Blockages

Blockages are a common occurrence in sewer systems and can occur if you frequently flush items such as wipes, paper towels, or feminine hygiene products down the drain. Over time, these items build up, blocking wastewater from flowing swiftly.

Blocked sewers can result in flooding or sewage backup in your home. This could cause significant damage to property and pose a health risk to you and your family.

If you suspect your sewer system is blocked, promptly contact a professional drain cleaning technician for assistance so they can examine your sewer line for possible causes of blockage and unclog it using snaking or hydro jetting technology. ​​​

2) Cracks

Sewer line pipes are made of strong, durable materials like PVC. However, even the most robust materials can weaken over time if constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions. Also, construction such as digging trenches to lay cables, etc, can also result in cracks in the sewer lines.

Cracks in your sewer systems can cause leaks, flooding, or a foul odor in your lawn. If you don’t fix these problems quickly, they can lead to structural damage to your property and health issues.

A cracked sewer pipe can be fixed by using pipe lining. This repair method doesn’t require digging up your lawn or driveway to fix the pipe. Instead, a plumbing technician will insert an epoxy-coated liner into the sewer line, inflate it, and allow it to dry and form a new, strong sealed inner surface.

3) Tree Root Intrusion

If your sewer lines run near trees, you are at a higher risk of experiencing blockages caused by tree roots. As trees grow, they need more water and nutrients to survive. This means their roots will continue expanding until they reach a source of water and nutrients, which is likely to be your sewer lines.

Once tree roots reach your sewer lines, they will push through your pipes, clogging them. If you don’t treat this problem promptly, it can lead to severe damage to your lawn and property.

Unfortunately, tree root intrusion is hard to detect with visual inspection alone. However, with the help of video inspection technology, technicians can help you identify and get rid of this problem. They will then use a rooter machine to remove roots that have penetrated into the sewer pipes.

4) Pipe Shifting

Sometimes environmental factors like soil erosion, shifting soil, or seismic activity can result in the shifting of the foundation or location of underground pipelines. This can cause cracks in the pipes, leading to clogs and leaks. Moreover, pipe shifting can make your lines bow, preventing the normal flow of wastewater.

You will require advanced video inspection technology from a plumbing technician to diagnose and fix a pipe that has shifted. After identifying the shifted section, the plumber will then use the open trench method to dig up the pipe and replace the affected part.

Florida’s Leading Sewer Line Repair Company

Your sewer line is an essential part of your home plumbing system. If it’s not working correctly, it can affect your quality of life by causing unpleasant odors and water damage to your home. If you notice any problems with your sewer line, ensure you hire a professional plumber to address them immediately.

At Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we understand the importance of having a properly functioning sewer line. Our experienced technicians can help you fix any issues you are having with your sewer lines. We offer several services, including drain and sewer clearing, pipe relining, hydro jetting, and sewer pipe line video inspection. Contact us today schedule an inspection or learn more about our services.


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