Many homeowners don’t think much about sewer line replacement until they start having problems with their pipes. This is totally normal! However, if you are finding yourself wondering if it’s time to replace your sewer line, here’s what you need to know.

How Do I Know if My Sewer Line Needs to Be Replaced?

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There are a few indications that it’s time to think about a sewer line replacement. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be able to repair your sewer, rather than replace it. Only a skilled and experienced plumber can tell you for sure if you need to replace your sewer pipes.

That said, the following are indications that your sewer line needs to be inspected by a professional and that it’s likely you need to have some work done on it.

  • You have repeated clogging problems. The issues may recur in one drain, or they might be spread throughout your house. You may also have several unrelated drains back up all at the same time.
  • You have unusual backup issues. If your toilet overflows whenever your washing machine drains or you find your bathtub full of nasty water and you don’t know why, get your sewer examined soon.
  • Your yard is flooded, or sections are overly green and lush. If you have a leak in your sewer pipe, the water may or may not make it to the surface. If it doesn’t, your plants can still absorb the nutrients in your sewage and experience extreme growth.
  • There’s mold or mildew in your home. If either of these are growing and you don’t know why, get your sewer examined soon!

How Often Should Sewer Lines Be Replaced?

The answer to this question depends on the material that your sewer pipes are made of. PVC pipe is the most common sewer pipe material today and has been used since the 1970s. It can last 100 years or more, because it does not corrode or deteriorate.

Clay is another common pipe material, and it can last for 50-60 years, though sometimes these last up to 100 years. Orangeburg pipes also last around 50 years, and cast iron can last 75-100 years before it needs replacement.

While these are realistic lifespans for the types of pipe mentioned, problems can still pop up at any time. Tree roots can cause premature damage, as can serious clogs. If you are having sewer problems, get your pipes checked out even if they aren’t at the end of their projected lifespan.

Work With Experts

When you need to have your sewer assessed and pipe repair or pipe replacement performed, reach out to experts, like ours at Daniel’s Plumbing, to get the job done well. We’ll find out what has gone wrong with your pipes, then get your sewer line repair or sewer line replacement completed as soon as possible. Our expertise means that you shouldn’t have to worry about your sewer again anytime soon!

Functional plumbing is an important part of every household, but there’s more to it than the pipes and drains in the house. All of the plumbing in your house disposes of used water through a sewer line. Like the rest of your plumbing, the sewer line can experience problems, which are a major concern. Should your home experience one of these nine signs, you should call us up as soon as you can to get your sewer line replaced or fixed. If left unchecked, a broken sewer line can flood your basement, burst your pipes, or even cause sewage backups!

Here are nine signs of a broken sewer line:

Slow draining.

If the water in your sink and other plumbing is taking its sweet time going down the drain, that might be a sign of a damaged sewer pipe. The problem might just be a clogged pipe, but if other drains are experiencing problems, the clog is likely much deeper in the sewer line. Some of the things that can cause this include tree roots, cracks in the pipe, and flushed objects clogging the pipe. At worst, this could lead to backed-up sewage coming back up the pipes.

High water bills.

If you notice that your water bills are steadily rising and you haven’t changed your water usage much, you might have a sewer leak. Higher water bills are often a sign that there’s a leak draining your water somewhere. You can trust Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning to find and seal up the cracks causing your heightened water bills

Bad smells.

Functional sewer pipes are airtight, so if you’re noticing foul smells coming from your drains, your yard, or around the house, a pipe might be cracked. Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning can fix or replace that damaged pipe and keep your property smelling fresh.

Pools of septic water.

A big sign something is wrong with your sewer line is if you find water where it shouldn’t be. If the sewer line is damaged, standing pools of foul-smelling water can show up in your house or yard.

Low water pressure.

Your home’s plumbing is sensitive to changes in water pressure and it requires a careful balance to work properly. If your sewer line gets damaged, your home’s water pressure will drop and your plumbing won’t work as effectively. If this happens, call us so we can inspect and fix your system.

Gurgling pipes.

It’s normal for your pipes to make a small amount of noise when water is running through them. However, if you’re hearing loud gurgling noises coming from your pipes when the water isn’t running, there’s likely trapped air emanating from a crack in the plumbing.

Animals attracted to your yard.

If one of your sewer pipes is damaged, the smell coming from your yard and the pools of septic water might attract unwanted guests. Rodents and insects might be attracted to the smells or the opportunity to use the stagnant septic water for breeding.

Unusually green lawn.

Are parts of your lawn looking particularly green and lush this year? Don’t be so quick to praise the new grass seed. Sewage leaking from your pipes makes great fertilizer, but it’s a fertilizer you don’t want your garden exposed to. Eventually, the bacteria in the water will ruin your lawn and garden.

Cracked foundation.

The last symptom, but an especially worrisome one. If you leave your sewer line damage unchecked, it might cause structural damage to your home. Some of the more extreme symptoms include cracked foundation and even sinkholes. This is a rare symptom for anyone who is good at maintaining their plumbing, but you should call for a professional immediately if you notice your foundation is cracked.

Why should I trust Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning to replace my plumbing?

For almost 15 years, Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning has provided homeowners around Austin, TX with professional home service. Our professionals tough on problems that plague homeowners, but they’re courteous in their homes. We strive to change the public’s expectation of the service trades industry by providing the best customer service and craftsmanship that we can. If you need someone to help you with a broken sewer line, call an expert at Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning today!

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