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?
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!