How Do You Know If Your Sewer Line Is Broken?

lid to sewerThe sewer line is usually out of sight, so it’s rarely suspected when things go south in the plumbing of a building. In this article, you will learn what a sewer line is, how to know if it’s broken, and workable solutions for fixing it.

What is a Sewer Line?

A sewer line is simply a pipe or system of pipes used to remove human waste and provide drainage. It can become broken and the signs are mostly noticeable. It is important to call a plumber immediately to confirm the damage, when you notice the signs. If left unattended, a damaged sewer line can cause more destruction and expenses.

How Do You Know If Your Sewer Line Is Broken?

There are lots of ways to know if your sewer line is broken, but below are five common signs.

  1. Infestation of Rats and Cockroaches

Rodents and cockroaches are sneaky and annoying creatures. They can easily find their way into your home through a broken sewer line. If you are unsure of where and how rats and cockroaches invade your home, reach out to a reliable and efficient plumber to check your sewer line.

  1. Gurgling Toilets

Do you notice your toilet gurgling or making weird noises when flushing? If yes, then there might be something wrong with your sewer line. Call an experienced plumber to confirm your suspicion.

  1. Mold Areas on Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

A broken sewer gives room for moisture and liquid to seep out. This can cause molds on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Contact a plumber quickly, especially if it’s accompanied by offensive smells.

  1. Clogging Pipes

This is the most common sign of a broken sewer line. If you notice your pipes keep clogging after frequent cleaning, then it is most likely a broken sewer line.

  1. Lawns and Concrete Indentations

Do you notice your lawn looking sunken and indented? How about concrete slabs looking indented, sunken even around walkways? Do you notice that some parts of your lawn look greener than others? These are signs of a broken sewer line and require prompt attention.

3 Quick Solutions for a Broken Sewer Line

There are three major ways you can fix a broken sewer line, and an experienced plumber should do this. At Captain Plumber, we are available to help you fix the following:

Pipe Lining – This involves inserting and inflating a unique, epoxy impregnated liner into the old pipe. This will help make a new line in the old line and easily solve the problem.

Pipe Bursting – This is the method of replacing the old pipe with a new HDPE pipe which is attached to a winch with a cone-shaped bursting head that is pulled through the damaged line.

Traditional Trenches – It involves digging up the floor and trenching through the space. It is invasive and expensive, but is the only solution when the pipes are already disintegrated or collapsed. So, you must notice it earlier, before it causes more damage and incurs extra repair costs.

We are available for inspection, repairs, installation, and inquiries on your sewer lines and any other plumbing needs.

Can You Repair Drain Pipes Without Digging?

water draining out of sewer pipeThe main drainage pipes of many homes today run underneath the ground. You’d have to dig up the dirt if you had a problem with your sewer line and decided to repair it the old-fashioned way. Stressful, right?

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can now have your sewer lines fixed without having to uproot your garden petunias. The experts at Captain Plumber are masters at repairing sewer lines without digging in a process known as “trenchless sewer repair”

How Does It Work?

Trenchless sewer repair is a repair method that incorporates technology by using remote-controlled robots that repair damaged pipes without needing to dig trenches. A video inspection is usually done to assess the pipes to both locate the area damaged, and assess the extent of the damage caused.

There are two types of trenches sewer repair methods you can employ. These are:

Cured In Place Pipe Lining (CIPP), or as it’s more commonly called “pipe lining”, is a repair method that lines the inside of an old, damaged pipe with a new one. After a video inspection has been carried out to map out the dimensions of the pipe, the pipe is cleaned up of whatever debris is stuck in it using a hydro-jet. A liquid-based epoxy solution is then slathered over an inflatable tube, which is then inserted into the damaged pipe. The tube is then inflated and allowed to cure, sealing up and essentially replacing the damaged part of the pipe. Epoxy linings are durable for at least 50 years before needing replacement.

Pipe Bursting (Splitting) is a sewer repair method that replaces the damaged pipe by inserting newer, much stronger high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes that end up splitting (or bursting) open the existing pipe. This method of sewer pipe repair is not fully “trenchless” as you would need to dig up a small portion of the ground to provide an access point for the new pipe to be installed. Nevertheless, this “semi-trenchless” sewer repair method is preferable to the conventional method of sewer repair that can be quite damaging to your driveway or your garden landscape.

Benefits Of Trenchless Sewer Repair Method 

  • It’s Fast

Repairing damaged sewer lines using the trenchless method is faster than making the same repairs conventionally. A repair that could take weeks to complete using more traditional methods can be completed in a day or less using the trenchless method.

  • It’s Cost-Effective

Because it takes lesser time and labor to complete, making repairs using the trenchless sewer repair method is less expensive in the long run. The costs of fixing your home incurred from traditional methods of sewer repair generally drive up your bill.

Fixing your sewage lines when they get damaged should be a top priority for every homeowner. Nobody likes a neighbor whose house always smells like a dumpster.

Call a licensed plumber today from Captain Plumber to handle your sewer line repairs – and any other plumbing-related work.

Drano Will Not Drain

sink with water in itWe’ve all heard, in time or the other, the popular advertisements about how a particular cleaning product will work miracles in your home. Sometimes they are worth the hype. Other times, not so much. So what happens when a highly acclaimed drain cleaner suddenly stops working for you?

This is not when you go down to the supermarket to buy a “stronger” brand. If your drainage cleaner doesn’t work as effectively as it used to, chances are there’s a much larger problem at hand. You may need the services of a professional plumber near you.

Using such cleaning products in the first place has a fifty-fifty success rate factor. If not handled properly, you could have a nightmarish plumbing disaster on your hands. It would take the skill and experience of a well-trained plumber to salvage the situation and even at that, you would spend more money than you expected.

What Are Your Alternatives?

  • Go Local

Sometimes the solution is closer than you think. Did you know that a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can work wonders for your drains? All you need to do is to get rid of the leftover water in the drain.

Scoop it all out or let it slowly drain down by itself. Whatever works best for you. Pour a cup each of vinegar and baking soda down the drain and allow it to sit for a while. Come back thirty minutes later and run some warm water down the drain.

Not only will you have a simple but highly effective homemade drain cleaner available anytime you need it, you’d also have saved yourself – and your wallet – the stress of going down to the corner store for some Drano.

  • Get a Plumbing Snake

No, we’re not talking about “that” kind of snake! A plumbing snake is just a long strip of pliable metal that you can push through your drain. It usually comes with a hook or a point at one end, which you can use to break up or pull out solid clogs stuck in your drain.

You can easily buy – or rent one – at your neighborhood hardware store. Make sure you get the right size for your drain. To avoid causing more harm, do not push in your plumbing snake deeper than three or four feet into your drain.

Work the thread in till you hit a blockage. Break up the clog using the pointed tip (of hook) at the end of the snake, or wind the snake up to remove the clog up and out the drain.

If all else fails and you’re at your wit’s end, you can always rely on Captain Plumber, your trusted plumbing company, near you. No matter the complexity of your draining job, our team of dedicated and experienced plumbers is well equipped to handle whatever comes their way. Call us today.