Here’s how you can detect and repair a broken sewer line
When it comes to homeownership, it’s like we’re just waiting for the next major problem to arise. Whether it’s a plumbing problem, appliance breakdown or something else, you need to understand how to properly react to many situations. Unfortunately, this may extend to the sewer lines that run underneath and throughout your homes. Over time, sewer lines become clogged and blocked with the waste that we flush down the toilet and wash down the drain. Eventually, the pressure built up in the sewer line could cause it to crack, which would provide a need for replacement. But how do you know when this has happened? And then, what do you do? All that information can be found below!
How to detect a broken sewer line
Detecting a broken sewer line is not easy, as much of the sewer system is buried in the ground underneath and around your home. However, there are some things you can look for that could tip you off to there being a problem. Read below about the signs and symptoms of a broken sewer line so you can know when it’s time to call a professional for a complete inspection of your sewer system.
- Slow drains
- Water backups
- Gurgling noises coming from drains
- Foul smells from drains
- Toilets and sinks clog easily
How to repair a broken sewer line
While you may have properly detected a broken sewer line, that’s the easy part of the job. Now comes the hard part – finding a way to repair that broken sewer line. Unfortunately, unless you’re a licensed plumber, this is probably not a job that you’ll be able to do yourself. It takes a trained professional with years of experience to properly repair and replace sewer lines without hurting the system at large.
How to prevent a broken sewer line
While you may not be able to repair a sewer line by yourself, you can prevent problems by yourself. It’s important to have your sewer lines inspected and cleaned on a regular basis (about every 2-3 years) to ensure that any clogs and blockages are cleared before they cause problems. Additionally, refrain from flushing or washing sticky substances down your drains/toilet. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t be getting rid of via your sewer system:
- Soap scum
- Sanitary pads
- Facial tissues
- Waste buildup
- Sanitary wipes
- Grease or fat
- Coffee grounds
- Sticky substances
- Fruit and vegetable skins
- Seeds or pits
- General food waste