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Sewer Line Repair

Sewer Line Repair in Merrillville, IN

Owning a home has its many benefits. Homeowners experience the freedom of being able to change their homes, which can help to build equity. Owning a home also provides the owner an opportunity to build their credit score with positive payment history. However, there may be times when homeowners may encounter various problems with their homes due to wear and tear. Among those problems, replacing or repairing a sewer line can be one of the more overwhelming and frustrating to encounter. Hiring a professional plumbing company can help to ease the stressors associated with the task.

A sewer line channels all the home’s waste from various pipes throughout the home to the main sewer line in the street. The line is typically at the lowest point of the home. While the sewer line is built to last for many years, lack of proper maintenance can cause the line to encounter issues. Signs that the sewer line direly needs repair are listed below.

Sewer Line Repair

Perhaps the most recognizable sign that the sewer line needs repair is sewage backup within the home. Many can help to avoid the issue by noting other signs. These signs include:

  • Frequent clogging or slow draining of the toilet or sink: If the toilets or sinks throughout the home seem to clog often or drain slowly, this may be a sign that the sewer line needs repair. Problems with the sewer line can cause the flow rate of the draining waste, to slow substantially. When waste slows down, it becomes lodged; especially in pipes that bend or turn.
  • Green Lawn: While having a green lawn is not a bad thing, an unusually green lawn or patch indicates there is a major problem underneath the soil. If it is not normal for the yard to be incredibly lush, it could mean that the sewer line is backing up. It is important to contact a plumber immediately to prevent the sewer from becoming backed up into the home.
  • Gurgling sounds: When a pipe becomes clogged, air forces itself out of the system to the nearest drain. This air can cause a gurgling sound after the toilet is flushed. If left untreated, the sewer can back up into the home. It is important to contact a professional company as soon as possible.
  • Foul odors-especially near drains: When a sewer line is in ideal condition, there should not be a smell inside the home. When a line becomes damaged, the smells can present themselves; especially near drains. Take note of any moldy or musty smells and report them to a plumber as soon as possible.
  • Mold on the Walls: Damages to the sewer line and pipes increase the humidity levels within the home. Increased humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth on the walls and other areas of the home without plumbing fixtures. It is important to contact a plumber so they can determine whether the mold is coming from the sewer or other areas such as the HVAC system.
  • Foundation Cracks: A very concerning sign the sewer line needs repair is foundational cracking or settling. Foundational concerns are a warning that immediate action is needed to prevent further damage to the home. Damage to the line may allow wastewater to seep into the ground surrounding the line located underneath the home. Over time, this can compromise the home’s structural integrity. If the leak is further away from the foundation, it can cause the ground above to become soft. Soft areas in a yard can become dangerous.

Causes of Sewer Line Damage

While many of the damages to a sewer line are because of normal wear and tear, listed below are two commonly known causes for sewer line damage.

  • Tree Roots: The roots of a tree follow sources of water as it grows. Because of sewer lines carrying liquid waste, many roots become attracted to the source. Once the root comes into contact with the sewer line, it can wrap around and break into the pipes.
  • Corroded Pipes: Sewer lines are made of steel and cast iron. They are galvanized to prevent rust, however, these types of pipes are at a high risk of corroding due to the calcium and magnesium build-up. If corroded pipes are left untreated, they can leak or crack.

Contact a Professional

Sewer line issues can cause unfortunate damages to the home and property. The pipes of the home must be cleaned often. Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling will not only make sure the pipes are taken care of, but will also ensure the line is working as it should. Should you encounter a problem with your sewer line, contact us today.

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