Sewer lines are, for lack of better ways to describe, gross. They get the icky refuse from your home and send it down the travel ways with everyone else’s icky refuse. It is not fun to think about and even much less fun when it decides to rear its ugly head. We get the tales of disaster very often, and it is usually after the fact and with indications that trouble was brewing in the days leading up to the sewage coming up somewhere in the house.
How to tell if your sewer lines might need to be repaired:
- bubbling toilet water
- a rattling of the toilet or multiple toilets
- water noise in the wall or under the floors
- gurgling sounds in any drain
- an unexplained bad smell in the bathrooms
What will this mean in terms of the extent of the damage and the repair, for both time and money? There are two scenarios which are possible; massive blockage in the sewer main to the city sewer line and broken, cracked, or severed sewer line. The massive blockage means the rooter machine which can clean the line all the way out to the street and the actual breaks, cracks, and severed pipes mean a new sewer line or sections needing to be replaced. The first step to diagnosing the true cause is by hiring a trusted plumber to perform a sewer camera inspection.
Old sewer lines are most often victim to this type of problem. They become caked with things you really can not un-see. Or they simply fall apart, leading to the various breaks, cracks, and severing of lines. Sometimes it is a miracle they last as long as they do last. The truth is, you will probably need a new sewer line eventually, but the good news is, if you get it replaced before you see evidence of an eruption, you will have gorgeous new pipes that will virtually end the risk of sewage coming up in the drains and before the crawl space of your house begins holding waste product.
The size of your home will determine the amount the time it takes to change your lines. They will run from the back of your home to the front, then out to the street from the front of your house. If you live in a house with a foundation, access is easy. If you live on a slab, then the slab must come up before the pipes can be changed. The line from the front of the house to street will entail digging up the grass and going approximately 4-6 feet down. In an older home, it may perhaps be deeper. (*Make sure your plumber is aware of the location of your gas lines and contact your gas company’s dig alert to determine the location of your gas lines.)
Whatever the cause, sewer issues are never fun. But we here at Reckon & Reckon are here to help!