A slow draining sewer line – or, worse yet, a backup of sewage – is one of the most unenjoyable disasters a homeowner ever has to encounter. The minute you notice issues that could involve your sewer line, start investigating the problem. If it’s beyond your level of expertise, call a pro. If you wait, you and your whole household will regret it down the line – pun intended. Here are some of the things you ought to keep an eye out for:
- You can smell sewage in your yard
- Sewage smell is coming out of any of your drains
- Wastewater from the dishwasher comes up into the sink
- Sewer water travels up the bathtub drain
- Sinks and bathtubs drain slowly
The Most Common Sewer Complications in Leesburg
Tree root overgrowth is one of the most common causes of sewer main backups. Tree roots can infiltrate pipes, gradually putting pressure on them and then working their way into seams. If even very little roots can make their way between joints, they can create a wall that builds up material until the system comes to a complete stop. They can also grow, eventually causing breaks in the pipe. Few things are more unpleasant than dealing with a sewer line break on your lawn.
Less-frequent sewer-line disasters that we see:
- Buildup of oil, grease, or hair
- Pipe collapses
- Badly aligned pipes
- Backups created by large items
If you have any backflow at all – into sinks, bathtubs, or even toilets – the safest way to proceed is to stop using water until the problem is identified and fixed. If you keep letting water pour down the drain, you risk serious flooding.
Five Star Septic Can Handle Any Residential Sewer Issue in Virginia
A few final tips to consider while dealing with your sewer pipe problems:
- Determine whether your property insurance pays for sewer main line repairs. Often the incident has to be proven to be an accident, as well as a sudden incidence of damage (as opposed to gradual wear and tear on your sewer line). Take pictures as you or your plumber discover the problem so that you have evidence to provide to your insurance agent.
- Find out what proportion of the sewer line cost is your responsibility and how much of it is Leesburg’s. The sewer line under your property belongs to you, but past the Y-joint that leads to the city sewer main, it’s the city that should pay for updates or repairs.
Five Star Septic of Leesburg, VA, can take care of your sewage pipe repair at a reasonable price and time estimate. Our licensed plumbers are ready to work. Contact Five Star Septic today for pipe services!