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Signs You Need Sewer Line Repair or Replacement

August 28th, 2021

Replacing a sewer line can be expensive and inconvenient, but problems can often go undetected until the last minute. While there are usually clear telltale signs of an indoor leak, an outdoor leak is much easier to miss. Nonetheless, there are numerous early warning signs to indicate when you need sewer line replacement or repair. If you spot any of these signs, reach out to a licensed local sewer repair expert in your area as soon as possible.

Indoor Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Internal sewer line leaks and blockages can be highly problematic and promote mold growth, attract pests, and damage your home. Replacing a sewer line is something you should do as soon as possible when it turns out that you need sewer line replacement or repair.

Toilet Making Noise While Not in Use

One of the most obvious signs of a sewer blockage is a gurgling noise coming from the toilet while no one is using it. This is because the water rushes down the drain, hits the blockage, and then carries air bubbles back to the toilet. Replacing sewer lines is often necessary when your blockage reaches this stage. 

Slow Draining

Slow drains may be the most common plumbing problem, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a sign of something more serious. Sometimes, it only means that you need to use baking soda and vinegar to clear out a bit of food residue or break up some hair in the bathtub. If you try these methods and don’t see any improvement, it’s time to consider the possibility of a bigger problem — one that requires sewer line replacement or repair.

Humidity, Water Stains, and Mold Growth

If you see high humidity and water stains in your home, you may need work done to your sewer line. Unexplained humidity can have many causes, such as roof damage, so one way or another, you need to investigate and get to the root of the problem. Another sign of these problems is mold growth; even when humidity isn’t visible, mold can grow within your home’s structure and reach toward the surface.

Outdoor Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Sewer system leaks and sewage backups can have unexpected consequences on the outdoors. For instance, plants and animals love the consequences of a sewage leak. This might present as healthier grass or increased mosquito presence, as small puddles provide these pests a suitable place to lay their eggs.

Greener Grass and Wetter Soil

When tree roots reach an underground pipe, they proliferate, often leading to sewer line issues. If the pipe does break, the nutrients and vitamins in sewage water can be a boon to plant growth. While the tree might look healthy and the grass can turn greener, the truth is that you urgently need sewer line repair.

Trenchless Sewer Repairs and Drain Cleaning

When you suspect you have a sewer line problem, call a plumber to inspect your sewer pipes. Today, it’s possible to use a camera inspection to delve into the pipes and identify blockages and leaks without digging up your plumbing.

Guaranteed Plumbing is a top local HVAC company with years of experience. We’re experts in plumbing, heating, and AC services, as well as drain and sewer line repair. Get in touch with us when you need sewer line replacement or repair, sewer curb services, or other plumbing services. Every job we perform comes with a guarantee of excellence.

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