Sewer Line Problems Can Cause Big Problems

August 17, 2023

You may not be aware of it, but the sewer line is the largest drain in your home. It’s also one of the most important. A sewer line allows wastewater and materials to flow from your home into the municipal sewage system.

When your home’s sewer line becomes clogged or damaged, you can begin to experience several problems, especially if the sewage begins to back up into your home. Homeowners need to be alert for the warning signs that could mean their sewer line is in trouble. These warning signs include:

  • Unpleasant odors rise from sinks, showers, or drains.
  • Persistent slow or clogged drains.
  • Drains are making gurgling noises.
  • Sewage water standing around your home.
  • Plungers, drain cleaners, and other DIY fixes can’t clear a clog.

What Causes Sewer Line Problems?

Most sewer problems don’t happen overnight but are years in the making. Home sewer line problems have many different causes. Placing the wrong types of materials (paper towels, plastic wrapping, bones, rinds, grease, oil, and soil, to name a few) is a leading cause of sewer line clogs. Tree roots, shifting soil, and excavation can damage your sewer line, impairing the flow of wastewater. Backflow from the municipal sewage line or flooding can also cause a backed-up sewer line.

Sewer line problems need to be addressed ASAP. The thousands of dollars in damage a backed sewer can cause to a home isn’t the worst thing about a backed-up sewer line. It can pose a major health risk to you and everyone living in the home.

The backed-up water and material can release physical and airborne contaminants into the environment inside your home. Most wastewater contains millions of potentially dangerous microorganisms, including bacteria (such as the bacteria that cause Salmonella and Legionnaires’ Disease), viruses (like hepatitis A), and parasitic protozoans.  If you have sewer water backing up into your home, play it safe and avoid any physical contact and call a professional plumber right away.

Sewer Line Repairs are a Job Best Left to Professionals

Clearing a clogged sewer line or repairing a damaged sewer line is a job best left to professional plumbers. The source of a clog may lie deep down in the line. Professional plumbers use special video inspection equipment to send a camera down your sewer line to pinpoint the clog’s location. They may recommend hydro jetting to resolve the problem. Hydro jetting uses jets of high-pressure water to get rid of a clog.

Problems due to a corroded or cracked sewer line can be a little more challenging. Repining and other trenchless sewer line repair methods can repair or replace the damaged line without having to tear up your yard or home.

Sewer Line Repairs in Fallbrook, CA

If you’ve been noticing the signs of a sewer line problem, get in touch with 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration. Our team of licensed Fallbrook, CA plumbers have the tools and the training to address any sewer line problem that you may be experiencing.

1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration has been providing outstanding plumbing services to home and business owners throughout the Fallbrook, CA area since 2012. This includes 24/7 emergency plumbing services. You can reach us through our website or call us at 866-437-0205 to schedule a service call.