What Are the Signs of a Broken Sewer Pipe?

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Finding and Addressing a Broken Sewer Line

Every residential property has a line that connects their home to the overall city sewer system. This is known as the main sewer line and is often one of the most neglected parts of a home. Very few homeowners think to regularly clean or maintain their sewer line thinking it is the cities responsibility. It is not, which means when something goes wrong it will fall to you to take care of repairing or replacing the damages. Replacing a sewer line can be a very expensive process, which is why it’s important for homeowners to recognize signs of damage before it’s too late. That being said, replacement sometimes can’t be avoided. For sewer line replacement in Huntsville, AL, rely on Hot n Cold Plumbing LLC. Call (256)-885-4333 for more.

Backed Up Sewer Drain Indicates Need for Sewer Line Replacement

What Causes a Sewer Line to Break?

Something that almost every homeowner is going to have to deal with is sewer line problems. They are inevitable, but serious problems can be avoided if you know what to do. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t often think twice about the sewer line that connects their home to their city sewer system. At least, they don’t until something happens. Sewer lines are designed to last for a while, but certainly not forever. What can actually cause a sewer line to break? Several things, such as:

  • Old Age: The older pipes get, the less effective they are. They corrode, they rust, the move, they shift, and generally stop providing the most effective service. This can result in leaks, clogs, damage and more.
  • Sagging Pipes: Ground and soil shifting can cause certain sections of your plumbing to sag. When this happens, water and waste can leak, resulting in regular backups because the water or waste can’t move where it needs to.
  • Tree Root Infiltration: One of the most common causes of sewer line issues is tree root infiltration. If this happens, you’ll experience many backups and clogs. That is either because the roots are literally blocking the path or they have severely damaged the pipes.
  • Grease: Possibly the number one cause of sewer line issues and damages is grease. Too many homeowners pour it down the drain thinking nothing of it. But once grease solidified, it creates a sticky situation for dirt, silt, and more to cling to, resulting in clogs that block the flow of water and waste.

There is a lot that can negatively affect your sewer line, which is why it’s so important to recognize and act on the signs of damage as soon as possible. You wouldn’t ignore the need for a commercial roof repair, so why ignore the need for a sewer line replacement in Huntsville, AL? Addressing signs when they happen can be the difference between sewer line repair or replacement.

Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

Now that you know what can cause a sewer line break, it’s time to understand the signs of damage. Being able to recognize the signs can help you get ahead of major problems. Even more so, sewer line replacement costs can get up in price very quickly. Finding problems before they become major can ultimately help to save you some money. 

  • Frequent Backups: Drains that are constantly clogging could be an indication of a broken or damaged sewer line. Rather than use a liquid drain cleaner, rely on professional sewer services to effectively clean and/or repair the damaged pipes.
  • Bad Smells: If you are noticing really bad smells coming from drains, then you definitely have a sewer line problem. Specifically, the waste and water isn’t draining. 
  • Strange Reactions When Flushing: If the bathtub drain overflows when you flush the toilet, something is very wrong with your sewer line. There is a clog, break, or blockage somewhere that is pushing water and waste where it doesn’t belong.
  • Changing Lawn: The sewer line typically runs under the lawn on your property. If you notice the yard is always damp, no matter the weather, then there could be a sewer line break somewhere. 

Typical fixes for sewer line needs have always used trenching, which digs up large portions of your yard. That may be necessary when the break is flooding your yard, otherwise trenchless methods may be a better option. How does trenchless sewer line replacement work? Rather than digging up you yard, technicians feed an essentially deflated poly-pipe through the pipes to the damaged area. Then the deflated pipe is filled and allowed to cure, creating a seamless and reliable fix.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is sewer line replacement covered by homeowners insurance?
    • Unless damage to the sewer line occurred because of a covered peril, then replacement charges will more than likely not be covered by insurance. Contact your provider to get a better understanding of covered perils and your homeowners coverage.
  • Do I need to replace my sewer line?
    • It depends on the situation. Clogs or blockages may not warrant the need for replacement. But sour smells, a perpetually wet or damp yard, and sinkholes could be indications for a replacement. 
  • How long does it take to replace a sewer line?
    • The time it takes will depend on how much area needs to be replaced. Generally speaking, however, sewer line replacement can take anywhere from 3-5 days to fully complete.
  • How does sewer line work?
    • The sewer line connects your home to the cities sewer line. It is what moves waste away from your home and into, well, the sewers. Every property has one and since it is on your property, that makes you responsible for maintaining it. 
  • Is sewer line replacement expensive?
    • Yes, overall, replacing a sewer line can get very expensive. The cost to replace the line alone can cost between $3,000 and $6,000. That total does not include the cost to possibly trench, or use a trenchless method, and removal of existing pipes.
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When you need reliable and efficient sewer line replacement in Huntsville, AL, contact Hot n Cold Plumbing LLC at (256)-885-4333.