Common Sewer Line Problems

26 October 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


The sewer line of your home is the most important component of your plumbing. It is also an area of plumbing that can suffer from common problems, such as collapsed pipes and roots getting into the system. Many of these problems can easily be addressed with sewer cleaning if you catch them in time. Here are some of the most common sewer line problems that you will want to be aware of:

1. Collapsed Sewer Lines and the Problems They Cause

Depending on the type of materials your sewer lines are made of, they may be at risk of collapsing. Decades ago, sewer lines were made of clay pipe materials, which are known to have many problems, including collapse. Clay pipes can also get debris inside of them and become easily clogged. In addition to clay pipes, there are also PVC pipes and other materials that may collapse under heavy loads. If you have collapsed sewer lines, you can be sure that they will need to be replaced.

2. Roots Causing Problems with Sewer Lines and Septic Systems

If you have a wooded property, trees may be the cause of some of your sewer line problems. Roots from trees seek out the nutrient-rich waste waters and quickly form balls inside the pipes. If you can catch a root ball problem in time, you may be able to clean the roots out without needing to completely replace the sewer line. When roots cause extensive damage to the pipes, it is likely that they will need to be completely replaced. You may want to talk with a plumbing contractor about directional drilling to replace the sewer lines.

3. Old Materials and Buildup Causing Sewer Lines to Become Clogged

Another problem that you may have with old pipe materials is buildup on the inside of pipe walls. With materials like old cast iron sewer lines, the inside of the pipes can corrode and become porous. This creates that perfect conditions for grime to build up on pipe walls, slowly reducing the capacity for drainage flow, until they become completely clogged. To solve this problem, the best option is to completely replace these old and outdated materials.

These are some of the most common sewer line problems that you will want to be aware of. Contact a plumbing tools rental service to get professional equipment to do the repairs and inspection you need for your sewer line problems.