We often don’t give our plumbing a second thought until there is an issue. You may notice your shower water starting to back up, or your kitchen sink taking a long time to drain, leaving behind a gross residue. When traditional methods of breaking up a clogged drain don’t work, it may be time to consider bringing a professional in. Having intact sewer and water lines is essential to a clean and comfortable home. If you notice problematic issues with your plumbing, it may be time to repair your sewer line.
Common Causes of Sewer Line Issues
- Debris and Foreign Objects – Our sewer system is meant to take on toilet paper, so when different bathroom items such as wrappers, paper towels, or feminine products go through the sewer system, they may become stuck. Kitchen elements like cooking oil, and especially grease can also cause blockage. It is important to factor in what kind of items go down your drain.
- Corroded Pipes – Most piping is made of steel or cast iron. This prevents rusting for the most part, but it can still lead to calcium or magnesium buildups which will impact the flow quality and lead to potential blockage.
- Tree Roots – Often not considered, the trees and plants in our yards can impact the quality of our sewer lines. Roots follow sources of water as they grow. Sewers are then a natural attraction. Tree roots can wrap around pipes, causing them to break down.
Repairing your Sewer Pipes
If you’ve noticed any damages to your sewer system, it is important to find an experienced technician to deal with these issues. When it comes to repairing sewer pipes, you have a couple of options. One option is to dig a trench around the pipe, or to use a trenchless sewer repair. If possible, the trenchless sewer repair is both time and cost-effective.
If there is an issue with your pipe leaking, and the damage is minimal, pipelining can be used to insert an inflatable tube covered in epoxy to your sewer line. Once attached to your current piping, this lining is inflated to match the size of your pipe and repair the leak.
Avoiding Sewer Issues
If you are experiencing any issues with your sewer pipes, don’t wait to seek help. The professionals at BPI Plumbing are available. We can inspect your sewer lines and provide the best advice for maintaining the health of your plumbing. Contact us to learn about how we can help.