Most homeowners have problems with their sewer or sewer lines eventually. Old and new homes can both have issues. They can be caused by old pipes losing their integrity, a build-up in the pipes and even tree roots. Repair and replacement of a sewer line can be expensive and inconvenient. It is important to be able to tell if your sewer needs repair or a new line.
How to Tell if Your Sewer Needs Repair
Having the problem addressed early by professionals can save homeowners a lot of hassle and money. If you ignore or delay having the problem checked it will grow. Here are some of the most common signs that your sewer needs to be checked and serviced.
- Problems With Drainage
Over time you may see an increase in how long it takes for your tub or sinks to drain. Many people attribute this to hair in the drain and do not give it a second thought. It could be the beginning of sewer line troubles. If your pipes are old using an over the counter product to unclog can further damage your pipes.
- Weird Smells or Sounds
It is hard to not notice this warning sign. If your toilet or sink is bubbling and gurgling this is not normal. In your yard, if you smell that horrendous raw sewage smell you probably have a sewer line that is in need of repair or replacement. In addition to the smell, some homeowners may find a sinkhole or backup in their yard from the sewer.
- Pest Issues
This sign confuses many, they wonder how pest and sewer troubles can be related. Sewer lines that are not working properly attract certain insects and mice. If there is a sudden increase in your rat or bug population be cautious. Having damaged sewer lines fixed will eliminate your pest problem and save you from having more complex damage in the future.
It is best not to attempt to repair or replace your sewer lines yourself. If you have any of the signs listed above contact a plumber. If your sewer needs repair this is one area where you do not want to allow a novice to perform it. It is best to have your repairs done quickly and correctly by a trained professional.
Contact your Will’s All Pro Plumbing, Heating & Air specialist for all your sewer line repair needs. We will help you determine whether a repair or replacement of your sewer is necessary.