The sewer line is a part of your house that you never want to deal with. In fact, you probably don’t think about it much at all: it does its job out of sight and out of mind.
But like any pipe, a sewer line wears down and can suffer damage leading to blockages and leaks. There are a number of ways for plumbers to address sewer line trouble. Using digging equipment to reach the buried pipe is a common technique—but it’s no longer the only way. Lateral tools, such as trenchless technology, allow a plumber to fix sewer lines with little or no digging: patching up leaks, breaking through tree root infiltration, and even complete sewer line replacement.
How Can You Tell You Need Trenchless Sewer Line Work?
When something goes wrong with a sewer line, a number of warning signs will pop up. Some are obvious, others subtle. Look for a combination of effects that points toward how serious the issue is. But never hesitate to call for professionals when even one warning makes it look like you’ve got a broken or blocked sewer line.
- Foul odors from drains: Multiple drains emitting sewage smells may mean the sewer line is blocked, forcing sewer gas up the wrong direction in the pipes. The odors may be accompanied by gurgling, which is the gas bubbling up through the water in the p-trap of the drainpipe (the curved section beneath the drain).
- Strange behavior from plumbing fixtures: What counts as “strange”? Here’s an example. When you flush the toilet in the bathroom, does water come up through the shower drain or sink drain? Something is stopping proper drainage, and it may be down in the sewer line.
- Water moisture around basement drains: When you see water droplets around the drains in the basement when no water has recently gone down them, it’s a red flag of sewage blockage or a break. The basement will be the first place in the house a damage sewage line will affect.
- Bright green patches of grass on the lawn: A leak in the sewer line will allow nutrient-heavy waste to rise to the surface. This causes rapid growth of grass with darker green colors. If this happens over the region where the sewer line is located, you have a problem that calls for trenchless repairs.
- Clogged drains all around the house: A single clogged drain usually isn’t an emergency. Basic drain cleaning from professionals can fix it if a plunger can’t. But when more than one drain is clogged at once—starting with the lowest drains in the house—it’s an emergency warning of sewer line repair.
You need a plumber in Mason, OH with the skill and the technology to take on trenchless sewer line work: this isn’t a service that all plumbers provide. We have a long history of using trenchless techniques for residential and commercial plumbing. Entrust us with whatever sewer line work you may need; we’ll apply the best in current plumbing methods to do the job.
Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc.: Serving Greater Cincinnati and the surrounding Tri State area since 1972.