There are many different ways that your sewer line can become compromised. Age is a major cause of sewer line failures and leaks; even the gradual, natural movements of the earth can take their toll on your plumbing system. Sewer lines with existing problems, even small leaks, are prone to further issues like tree root intrusion. Read on to understand what forces can have an effect on your sewer line and when to seek the services of a qualified plumber.
Pipes are durable, but they don’t last forever. Even new buildings can be joined to sewer lines that are anywhere from 50 to 100 years old, which exceeds the average intended lifespan. Older materials like galvanized steel and clay are vulnerable to rust, shifting soil, and overall degradation. Many of these pipes can spring leaks, which are problematic in and of themselves but can also compound existing issues.
The dirt underneath your home shifts naturally over time, due to temperature changes, moisture fluctuations, and even the growth of trees. While most of the shifting occurs over a period of many years, it can be detrimental to pipes. Even galvanized steel pipes are stressed by this kind of movement. Hairline cracks or fissures can turn into major leaks.
One of the most common problems sewer lines encounter is tree root infiltration. Tree roots aren’t typically strong enough to penetrate a sewer line, but they can readily detect and take advantage of even the smallest leak. Once a tree root has infiltrated a sewer line, it can cause slow drainage, further stress, and clogs.
The best way to avoid these problems is to have your sewer line inspected by a plumbing service that offers video analysis. This allows a plumber to precisely and non-invasively diagnose problems with your sewer line; your plumber can then recommend localized repairs or complete replacement .
All Plumbing, Inc. will provide the necessary inspections and sewer line repairs to ensure that your plumbing remains in good condition. If your line is too old or has extensive damage, we can perform trenchless replacement that is gentle on your landscape. To learn more, give us a call at (571) 451-2971 today.