The main sewer line, as the name indicates, is one of the most important parts of your home’s plumbing system. Located beneath the house, this pipe carries away waste and wastewater to the city sewer main beneath the street. Each drain in the house eventually connects to the main sewer line: sinks, toilets, and tubs. Because it is so critical to your daily routine, it can be very inconvenient when something goes wrong with the sewer main. Luckily, you can count on our plumbers at Valley Plumbing Pros for all your Merced sewer line repair needs.
You can expect detailed repair services thanks to our sewer video inspections. Not only does this help us find an accurate fix but ensures a long-term solution.
Common Sewer Line Problems
One common sewer line problem is a clog. A clog is a partial or complete blockage of the pipe that restricts or stops the flow of water. Over the years, hard waste and mineral deposits can collect on the walls of the sewer pipe, shrinking the diameter of the pipe until it is blocked completely. A clog can also be formed of excessive paper products, lint, or foreign objects that do not belong in the sewer line.
- Cracked or Broken Sewer Line: Another common issue is a crack or break in the sewer line. In older homes, the main sewer line was often made of metal or clay; both of these materials are susceptible to corrosion and cracks. Even modern PVC can become brittle with age, resulting in hairline fractures. When the main sewer line is cracked, wastewater seeps into the ground, posing a threat to the clean drinking water supply.
- Tree Roots: Another possible problem with the sewer line is tree roots. Tree roots are very strong, and are always seeking water as they grow. It’s a known problem that tree roots can find even a tiny crack in a main sewer line pipe and grow through it. Eventually, if left unchecked, tree roots can reduce pipe walls to rubble and completely restrict the flow of water.
- Clogged Sewer Line: Another sign of a clogged main sewer line is a foul smell emanating up from your drains. This is a clear sign that your wastewater is backing up! Seepage is a symptom of a broken sewer line, though it is slightly more uncommon. If you notice your lawn above the sewer line is consistently and uncommonly wet, you may have a broken sewer main.
The Sewer Line Repair Process Explained
Before beginning a sewer line repair, a plumber must first diagnose the problem. The best way to do this is with a sewer video inspection. The plumber will send a small camera attached to a long cable down the drain and into the main sewer line. On a screen, they will be able to see everything the camera shows, whether it’s a clog, buildup, tree roots, or a break in the line causing the problem.
Once the source of the problem has been determined, the repair process can begin. For main sewer lines that are clogged or narrowed by deposits, a good drain cleaning is usually the first option. The plumber will use an auger snake or hydro jetting machine to clear away all obstructions and buildup, leaving your drain line as good as new.
Cracks and breaks in the main sewer line are a little more complicated to repair. If the crack is a minor fracture, there are processes where the crack can be mended right inside the pipe. But if the damage is severe, it may be necessary to repipe a length or all of the sewer line. Repiping usually involves digging up the old sewer line and burying the new.
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Benefits of Timely Sewer Line Replacement
If your main sewer line is very old and cracked, a sewer line replacement is a must. But even if your plumbing is not too old, you might also benefit from a sewer line replacement. A new sewer line will allow waste and wastewater to flow through quickly and easily. Struggles with clogs and backed up drains will be a thing of the past. In addition, modern materials and new technologies will allow your main sewer line to last longer and be easier to monitor.
When you call Valley Plumbing Pros for an estimate on main sewer line repair or replacement, we offer upfront pricing with no surprise upcharges. We have the equipment and expertise needed for efficient drain cleaning, sewer video inspection, and sewer pipe installation, saving you precious time and money. Our fully licensed and insured plumbers are even available for emergency service!