Sewer repairs aren’t any different, in theory, than any other pipe repairs. The pipe becomes damaged, usually either by developing a leak or a clog, and requires a professional service to make it right again. The problem with sewer lines is that they’re buried underground, which makes it hard to detect problems until they are well advanced. The good news is that modern trenchless technology can resolve problems with the sewer line in a fraction of the time it used to take. The bad news is that you still need to spot the signs of trouble before you can summon a repair technician.
Sooner Is Better
The sewer line is arguably the most important piece of piping in your entire property. It carries wastewater from the various outlets in your home and yard into the Tacoma, WA sewer system. A problem with it can disrupt your entire household, as well as creating unhealthy conditions when wastewater leaks or backs up. The faster you can move on repair calls, the better. Winters can complicate efforts to repair the pipe, and if there’s a problem, cold, wet weather invariably makes it worse. If there’s a problem with your sewer line, now is the time to make sure it gets taken care of.
Spotting the Signs
Spotting the signs of a sewer problem can be challenging, since they don’t demand your attention in many cases. That said, if you know what to look for, you can usually spot the symptoms of a problem. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Indoor Piping Problems. This is one of the few symptoms that isn’t subtle at all. If your drains become clogged, wastewater backs up or similar issues, you’re likely looking at a sewer line issue. Cases involving the sewer line will usually affect the whole house, which means that every drain will be affected: not just one or two.
- Running Water. If there’s a leak in the pipe, you may be able to detect it by listening for the sounds of running or dripping water where there’s not an apparent outlet for one. Professional technicians use sonic detectors to pinpoint the precise location of the leak.
- Greener Plants. Sewer lines often contain natural fertilizer, which causes the roots of trees and bushes to seek it out. If there’s a leak — or even if the roots manage to infiltrate the pipe itself — the affected plant life will look greener and healthier than the plant life around it.
- Puddles. In the event of a leak, strange puddles may appear in your yard with no apparent source for them. In many cases, these puddles may have a distinct odor.
- Smells. Similarly, odd odors in your year may be caused by an inconvenient leak or similar problem under the ground in your sewer pipe.
If you notice any of these signs, shut off the water to your home and call in the friendly professionals at Insta-Pipe to perform repairs. We can correct sewer line problems throughout the Tacoma, WA area!