The Importance of Sewer Line Repair - Z and Z Plumbing

The Importance of Sewer Line Repair


What is sewer line repair? If you own your own home, it is important to understand the different components and systems that make up that home as it can help you more quickly understand who to call or what to do when something goes wrong. One such system that is important to understand is your home’s plumbing system. Every residential (and commercial) plumbing system has two key components: The water mainline and the sewer line (if connected to a city sewer, if not, then a septic line). This article is a look at that secondary component, the sewer line, why it is important, and what to do when something with your sewer line goes awry. 

What is a Sewer Line?

The sewer line is the line or piping that connects all of your home’s drains to the neighborhood or city’s main sewer drain. The sewer line will lie beneath the ground of your yard and typically connect with the city main lines at the very front or rear of your property. While this plumbing does connect with city lines, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain and repair all parts of the piping that lies on their property. 

How does the Sewer Line Get Clogged or Damaged?

When it comes to clogs and damages that require sewer line repair, most are things that can be avoided. At least the things that cause the worst of sewer line clogs.

Remember, sewer lines are the plumbing lines that connect one’s drains with the public sewer lines. This means whatever gets flushed down the toilet, bathtub, and kitchen sink will be going through those piping. Make sure all residents and guests know not to flush down things like feminine products that can easily get clogged in the sewer piping and necessitate sewer line repair by a professional plumber.  

Outside, tree and shrub roots are the biggest causes of sewer line damages. This is because the roots of trees and shrubs seek out underground water, slowly growing towards them and wrapping around the piping where they can. Left unchecked, these roots can squeeze and cause sewer lines to crack and become expensively damaged. The very best way to avoid this type of sewer line repair is to know where your lines are buried and keep trees and shrubs away from them. 

What is the Importance of a Sewer Line Inspection?

A sewer line inspection is an inspection that a plumber performs by sending a camera attached to a specialized snake line down through your sewer line. This tiny and yet sophisticated camera then records the interior condition of the plumbing to be assessed by the plumber. 

From that explanation, you have probably already guessed why a sewer line inspection can be so important. This unique view provides the plumber and you the homeowner with critical information about the state of your sewer line. For example, it can show what is causing a clog.

But even if you’re not currently experiencing clogs, a sewer line inspection is great for detecting possible future issues. For example, it takes a long time for roots to fully damage piping. At timely sewer line inspection can find hairline cracks which can inform you and your plumbers of where to dig and replace before a sewer line gets destroyed. 

How Can a Plumber Help With Sewer Line Repairs?

Plumbers are equipped to inspect, install, and repair all manners of piping, including that piping that is a part of a sewer line system. So if you want your sewer line inspected either because you suspect a tree root issue or because you have an actual clog that won’t drain properly, then your plumber can assist. If you need to remove a damaged segment of a sewer line and have a new line installed, then your local plumber should be able to assist. Whatever your issue with sewer line problems, your local plumber can offer fast, effective sewer line repairs.

Contact our team today to learn more or to get a quote on your sewer line problem.

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