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Should I replace my sewer line?

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Can I replace my sewer line myself?

A sewer line is crucial to keep a homeowner’s plumbing system running with the designated purpose people enjoy. It moves much of the waste created in a home to the main sewer line and keeps everything running smoothly in a household. So when signs start popping up that indicate there needs to be more than the standard repairs, a person should consider sewer line replacement. When a sewer pipe leading to the main sewer line reaches the end of it’s working lifespan, it can cause just as much trouble for the inside of your home as seen in the pipe. Not just with backups to systems like toilets and drains, but sewage, in general, can build up to toxic fumes that are detrimental to a person’s health. 

When considering the project, understand that it requires a specialized team with heavy equipment. A single person with a lack of knowledge into what needs to be undertaken could very barely do anything for the repair and may either cause more damage or put themselves in a more unfortunate situation. Sewer pipe replacement involves: 

  • Digging out the entire stretch of land covering the sewer pipe
  • Proper use of equipment without damaging sewer pipe
  • Correctly replacing 
  • Making Sure the system works correctly

The truth about sewer line replacement and repair for that matter is that it takes several trained safety precautions to get the job done right. Particularly when digging out the sewer pipe, which differs in depth depending on the area a person lives. The operation also requires the knowledge of sewer piping that a normal person does not have without a heavy amount of training. Call (310) 901-2120 today to schedule your appointment for the service.

How serious is sewer line bellies?

One relatively common problem a plumber understands that affects pipes and can be the possible source for a sewer pipe replacement is a line belly. The event is signified by swelling or sagging in a sewer line. The event is caused by a buildup or blockage by debris that then generally causes a backup. Issues such as this can also be caused by erosion, earthquakes, the settling of the foundation, and human error. The problem then leads to erosion of the surrounding area and internal problems inside the home with systems that are connected to the pipeline. Generally, the way to have this fixed is sewer line replacement due to that a significant portion of the line is affected and could revert if the original piping is reused. Fortunately, the issue can be found out rather quickly due to the events that occur and also will be detected in a regular inspection. The entirety of the replacement process tends to take up around three to five days of work.

What are the signs of a broken sewer pipe?

Being a problem that can do a heavy amount of damage on the home, there are multiple signs of a broken sewer pipe and many tend to grow obvious fairly quickly. On top of that, the signs show up inside your home and outside in the yard that covers the pipe. When you find yourself in such a situation, it is highly recommended that you call plumbers like us at Drain Force Plumbing. Here are some signs that tend to lean towards the pipe needing a replacement: 

  • Wet and terrible smelling parts of your lawn
  • Drains inside of home are slow and plug easily 
  • Mold appears more commonly
  • Possible problems in the foundation

Unfortunately, homeowner’s insurance is not generally known to cover the sewer line replacement unless in the case of another party being the cause of damages to the system. That would mean a person or company would be responsible for the damages and would be unbeknownst to the homeowner until they were made aware. While some may cover the damages, it is a good idea to be aware of the limits of your homeowner’s insurance.

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How often do sewer lines fail?

The agreement amongst plumbers is that unless you are in a high-risk area, your sewer line pipe is installed incorrectly, or otherwise like you accidentally plant a tree on top of the land on the pipe there is very little way of telling when your sewer pipe will fail. Pipes are made to last for years, with the ones in older homes having been made out of iron, they will see a lifespan of around seventy-five to one hundred years. In newer and modern homes, common piping is PVC and when conditions are favorable easily lasts up to a hundred years. In general, a person can expect an easy fifty years of life before seeing major problems from their sewer piping and needs sewer pipe replacement. 

The best way to ascertain the health of your sewer line is with a sewer line inspection to see the inner workings of the system. Plumbers like us can come out to your area and service your home with an inspection when needed. If the status of your system is poor, our services like sewer pipe replacement can be a fine way to get it back in good condition. Call (310) 901-2120 today to set up your appointment.