There’s no doubt about it, sewer line leaks are a very dirty job – as they escalate into smelly situations very fast. They’ll quickly produce an influx of problems. It’s imperative to seek professional help when you first notice sewage backup or become aware of leakage in your sewer line.
Common signs of a leak in your sewer line include, but are not limited to:
- Running Water – The sound of running water when all taps are shut off.
- Foul Odors – One of the most telling signs that you’re experiencing a leak is the smell of sewage, if you’re noticing the odor when in your yard – that’s indicative of an underground sewage leak.
- Mold, Mildew Smell – Another unpleasant sign of a leak is the smell of mold or mildew throughout your home, as mold and mildew will accumulate when a leak occurs in the walls of your home.
- Odd Lawn Patches – Not only can a sewer leak cause your yard to have a less than desirable odor, but due to the leakage of sewage it can kill off parts of your yard because of the influx of bacteria. You may also notice unexplained puddles, also killing off patches in your yard.
- Plethora of Pests – Insects and certain rodents are attracted to sewage, and if the leak is causing pooling sewage water in your yard – it will be occupied by undesirable creatures.
- Sewage Backup – This is by far, one of the worst and most obvious signs of a clog or malfunction in your sewage line. Sewage will begin to backup into your home as it has no other place to go due to things like a clog, or a tree root lodged in your line. Raw sewage will literally begin to come up through the toilet, drains or sinks in your home.
If you’ve been noticing any of the above signs of a sewage leak – it’s time to call Plumbing West Seattle. There is no one reason why sewage leaks occur, we can get to the root of your issue.
Common causes of a sewer leak include, but are not limited to the following:
- Pipe Corrosion – Pipe corrosion is inevitable, as pipes are constantly used, wear and tear occurs overtime which leads to corrosion and ultimately damage and leaks.
- Physical Damage – Physical damage is a common cause of sewage leaks as well. This can easily happen when a driveway or sidewalk is repaired or repaved.
- Natural Causes – As trees and other vegetation grow, over time their roots can interfere with the pipes nestled underground causing a burst or leak.
Once the source of the problem is determined and the severity of the damage is assessed – it will become apparent as to whether repair or replacement is the appropriate solution.
A sewage line repair is best when the leak or hole in the line is singular, and small. If the problem area or areas are severe than total replacement is the recommended service.
Once the service needed is identified, there are two ways that we can get the job done:
- Traditional Method for Repair or Replacement – The traditional way includes digging a large trench in your yard to expose and replace corroded damaged pipes and replace appropriately. But, rest assured, we’ll put your lawn back together when we’ve fixed the problem.
- Trenchless Method for Repair or Replacement – Unlike the traditional method, this method will not require the upheaval of your lawn. Instead of a large trench, only a hole big enough to access the appropriate piping is required.
Other common repair services that may be appropriate include, but are not limited to:
- Pipe Burst Repair – With the use of special equipment we’re able to make a small access hole and use the existing pipe as a guide – this process works by pulling replacement pipe along the guided path eliminating damaged pipe along the way. The pipe used for this type of repair is extremely durable and resilient, making it a very long-lasting repair.
- Sewer Pipe Relining – This service becomes an option depending on the size of the leak. If the leak at hand is small, or a non-major leak – a new liner can be pushed thru the pipe, ultimately creating a new pipe, within the damaged pipe. This option does not require extensive upheaval of the yard or major cutting into the floors, as it is done trenchless. Access to the beginning of the pipe or just where leak was pinpointed is all that’s needed. The liner will be pulled and manipulated thru the length of pipe. It is cured with an epoxy solution becoming a permanent repair.
It cannot be emphasized enough, if you suspect a problem with your sewage line – are experiencing any of the signs previously stated, it’s imperative to seek professional help to get your home back to functionality. Putting off such repairs will cause to serious damage to your home and even worse, your health.
Some ways you can maintain your sewer lines and prevent issues from arising include, but are not limited to:
- Tree Placement – as you landscape your yard, it’s imperative to keep in mind that the roots of trees or large shrubs planted can cause major damage to your sewage lines. In some situations it’s best to remove trees that will ultimately grow into the sewage line. Some trees that are safe to be planted within a closer proximately due to shallow root systems are: Willow, Maple and Ash trees.
- Grease Receptor – have a grease receptor installed under you sink. Over time grease and oil can and will buildup and could very well cause a clog in your sewer line. The installation of a grease receptor under your kitchen sink will prevent that from happening as it will only allow water to flow thru it.
- Routine Baking Soda Wash – A good way to clean drains it to run hot water and baking soda thru your drains, let the water and baking soda run – if done on a regular basis this can help alleviate things from building up in your pipes.
Professional Cleanings – As with anything, professional maintenance is the best prevention for drainage problems. Make a point to have your sewer line professionally cleaned as recommended by Plumbing West Seattle. Maintenance is one of our specialties as we know how important it is to the longevity of your plumbing.
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