Issues with sewer lines can take many forms, but all of them can lead to major damage if not dealt with quickly. We’ve outlined a few common issues we’ve seen time and again in the field.
When flushed items fail to flow through your sewer line properly, they can build up and eventually cause a blockage. So-called “flushable” items like single-use wipes, diapers, paper towels, and tissues often block up sewer lines and can lead to damage. Your sewer line will show signs of blockage long before a major event occurs. Slow drains, water draining from one fixture to another, and bubbling sounds in pipes are may be signs of a sewer blockage. If you notice any of these, give Best Plumbing a call immediately as it could be a sign of potential sewer failure.
Trees are a staple of any yard, but they can do major damage to your sewer line. Tree roots will spread and grow to get the water they need, especially during the summer months. If these roots get near your sewer line, they can cause blockages or fully collapse the pipes over time. You can help prevent this by regularly watering your trees during warmer months and planting any new trees away from your sewer lines.
Deteriorating or corroding pipes are especially common in older homes. Homes without a PVC-based sewer line are likelier to need a sewer line replacement. Sewer line integrity declines over decades, with iron or copper pipes needing to be replaced between every 30-50 years. It’s difficult to predict when problems will arise; regular inspections and maintenance are critical so you can get ahead of any issues.
In many cases, it will be cheaper in the long run to have your sewer lines replaced instead of repairing them, especially when it comes to tree root damage and pipe corrosion. While patchwork can help remediate the situation in the short term, we can’t guarantee that issues won’t come up again.
Best Plumbing has been serving residents in the greater Puget Sound area since 1968. If you need help repairing, installing, or maintaining your sewer line then give us a call. In addition to our normal hours, we are available 24/7 for emergency services. We’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs!
One of the most important pieces of home maintenance to be aware of is your side sewer. While it’s a big responsibility and problems can be costly, there is a local team of experts that is here to help if anything comes up. Let’s take a look at the basics of your sewer and some common issues to be aware of.
The city of Seattle manages the main sewer line, it is up to every homeowner to maintain and repair the individual line that connects to your home. These pipes are typically under the yard and set up to promote easy flow to the main sewer line, but the pipes themselves aren’t very wide. This means that depending on how you treat your pipes inside your home, you could end up with a blockage that is your duty to fix. For example, hygienic wipes that are flushed down a toilet can easily get stuck on the way to the sewer line and begin blocking the pipe. Small clogs will create problems like slow drainage but larger issues can actually cause wastewater to come back up the pipes into your sinks, showers, or tubs.
When buying a home, be sure to have a professional inspection of the pipes and side sewer to know if there are any hidden issues that might reveal themselves with time. Cracked, broken, or clogged pipes should be fixed immediately as the development of the problem is more costly than fixing it from the get-go.
Clogged drains that haven’t caused major backups can be fixed by a process of hydro-jetting. A hydro-jet uses water pressure to break up obstructions and clears the pipe.
From the kitchen drain to the sewer line, keeping drains clean is incredibly important. Best Plumbing rooter services are an easy way to maintain the health of your pipes and clear out any clogs
If the issue in your sewer has caused your pipe to burst or leak, it’s time for a complete repair. Luckily, we have trenchless repair options to minimize the impact on your home and yard. Our main methods are to pull a brand-new pipe through the existing one, use epoxy to line the damaged section of pipe, or use a PipePatch to repair short sections of pipe that are difficult to dig up. During a sewer inspection, our expert can let you know which is the best for your situation.
Ready to get started? Call Best Plumbing today at 206-633-1700. We proudly serve the greater Seattle area.
This is one of the most common issues that homeowners will encounter. More often than not, this is a small issue with the flapper not closing properly and allowing water to continuously leak from the rank to the bowl. However, there may be a few other culprits at play. The toilet pump will have a plastic balloon attached to indicate when the tank is full. If the float is set too high, this could result in a running toilet. Lastly, there might also be an issue with the chain that attaches the flapper to the flush lever. If you’ve checked all these and still have a running toilet – call Best Plumbing and have the experts check it out!
Nobody wants to walk into their bathroom and find an odor that doesn’t belong indoors. Sewer smell in the home is concerning and you’ll want to make sure that your drains are working properly. First, use a flashlight to check that your sewer is not backing up into your shower drain. You can also run the water and watch as it drains to tell if there is something slowing it down. If you have loose pipes or cleanout caps, this allows for space where sewer gas can enter your home. These fixes can be tricky to locate, so we recommend calling a professional to assess the issue.
At the end of a long day, most of us like to unwind with a warm shower. However, if you step in and the water falls out of the showerhead rather than streaming out as it should, you may have some issues that need a solution. For example, sediment build-up on a faucet can obstruct the flow of water. A simple pipe cleaning should do the trick, but if it keeps happening even with a clean fixture, you may have a different issue on your hands. Leaks or worn-out pipes can also cause low water pressure as the internal parts to stop functioning as they should. In this case, it’s best to replace the pipes altogether.
These are just three of the common issues we hear about in homeowner’s bathrooms. To learn more about how we can help solve problems, contact the team at Best Plumbing here!