What Causes Sewer Damage?
Your sewer system is an integral component of your home; it's responsible for removing waste safely and efficiently. A well-maintained sewer system ensures a healthy and comfortable living environment. However, neglect or age can lead to problems that can disrupt your daily routine, cause unsanitary conditions, and result in costly repairs. Some damage-causing factors, such as natural occurrences or unexpected events, may be beyond your control.
Common causes of sewer damage include:
- Tree root intrusion: Over time, tree roots can grow into your sewer lines, causing blockages or damaging the pipes.
- Corrosion: Aging pipes can corrode over time, leading to leaks and breaks.
- Flushing non-flushable items: Items such as baby wipes, diapers, or feminine hygiene products can cause blockages in your sewer lines.
- Ground movement: Natural occurrences like earthquakes or soil erosion can shift the ground and disrupt your sewer lines.
At PowerHouse Home Services, we use state-of-the-art camera inspections to accurately pinpoint the issue. This technology allows us to visually inspect your sewer lines and identify the precise location and nature of the problem. With this information, we can make swift and effective repairs, minimizing disruption and maximizing efficiency.
Signs Your Sewer System Needs Professional Service
Though your sewer system is largely out of sight and buried underground, there are several telltale signs that can indicate a problem. Awareness of these symptoms can help you catch issues early and get professional assistance before they escalate. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Recurring drain clogs: If your drains are clogging repeatedly despite your best efforts to clear them, this could indicate a deeper problem with your sewer line.
- Foul odor: The presence of a bad smell, particularly around drains or in your yard, could point to a broken or blocked sewer line.
- Slow draining: If your sinks, showers, or tubs are draining slowly, this could suggest a blockage in your sewer line.
- Sewage backup: If sewage is backing up into your drains or toilet, this is a clear sign of a serious issue with your sewer system.
- Lush patches in your lawn: If you notice unusually green or lush spots in your yard, it could be due to leakage from your sewer line.
- Foundation cracks or sinkholes: These can be caused by sewer line leaks eroding the soil underneath your home.
Should I Repair or Replace My Sewer System?
The lifespan of sewer lines can vary significantly, typically ranging from 50 to 100 years, depending on the material used and the surrounding environmental conditions. However, age is not the only determinant of a sewer line's functionality. Issues like blockages or minor damage might only require a simple cleaning or repair to restore the system's efficiency. In contrast, other cases may call for a more comprehensive solution, such as the full replacement of the sewer line.
Factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace a sewer line include:
At PowerHouse Home Services, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.
"All of the staff at Powerhouse Home Services are great!"
They're always responsive and they come very quickly to get the work done. We are now using them for all the projects they can handle. Great company for one-stop shopping when it comes to keeping your home working and comfortable.- Steve B.
"Professional, Punctual & Responsive"
Nick was extremely professional as well as exceptionally personable. Good customer service is hard to find and these guys are awesome, especially when a technician goes above and beyond.- Scott R.
"I will not hesitate to call PowerHouse Home Services the next time I have an issue in my home."
Nick was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and professional, he took the time to walk me through all of the work he was doing, and really went above and beyond my expectations.- Erik G.