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Common Sewer Line Problems Homeowners Encounter

Plumber tightening up pipework

The way plumbing works is fairly simple, but sewer lines, which drain down into your municipal sewer system or your septic tank, are subject to all manner of problems. Two symptoms that let you know there’s a problem with your sewer line are backups in your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets and the smell of sewage that infiltrates your home. As with most problems, the earlier the causes are found, the easier and less expensive it is to fix them.

Causes of Sewer Line Problems

The causes of sewer line problems are many, and unfortunately, a few are inevitable simply due to the march of time. They include:

  • Corroded pipes
  • Shifting pipes
  • Tree roots
  • Broken pipes

It’s unavoidable that the wastewater flowing down your pipes to the sewer system will interact with the material the pipes are made of. This can lead to corrosion, and over time this can result in leaks. The best way to check for corrosion and leaks is to have one of our plumbers at Curry Plumbing make a video camera inspection.

The earth and the foundation around the sewer line pipes might shift. This can cause the pipes to warp, sometimes to the point where water can’t flow normally. Shifting pipes can also disturb drain caps, which lets bad smells into the house. In other cases, the pipes may crack and start to leak, especially at the joints. Shifting pipes is one of those things that you can’t do much about as a homeowner, but our plumbers can inspect your sewer line every two or three years, find these problems, and repair them while they are still small.

One of the reasons homeowners are told not to plant trees or shrubs above their main drains or septic systems is because trees and shrubs will send their roots down to infiltrate the pipes. These roots are tiny and hairlike, but they can become so numerous that they fill up the pipe and may even crack it. Our plumbers have pulled out clumps of roots from sewer lines that have taken on the form of the pipe itself. When roots become that extensive, they can utterly block the sewer line. As with corrosion, our plumbers use a video camera to see how the roots have grown in your drainpipes.

Curry Plumbing for Drain Problems

Whether they live near the Brazos Valley African American Museum or take their family to enjoy the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, residents of Bryan, Texas know that they need to keep an eye out for any problems with sewer lines. When they suspect one, they turn to our experienced plumbers at Curry Plumbing at the first sign of trouble. Our experts are efficient, our prices are transparent, and our results are outstanding. Call us today.

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