Sewer line repair is probably the most dreaded home repair work across the country. This is not surprising, taking into account the costs and wastage of time associated with this kind of work. In most cities including Mesa, residents are responsible for all the pipes running from the house to the main line under the street. In this small area, solid waste may clog pipes, roots of old trees can grow through pipes and previously used clay or steel pipes may crumble altogether.
If you are fortunate enough to spot any of the signs of failing plumbing works that could lead to a damaged sewer line, you may save yourself a lot of money and time. Here are some indicators of failing plumbing works:
Tubs, Sinks and Showers that Drain Slower than Others
Slowly draining showers, sinks and tubs can be irritating. Most people in such situations simply respond by using some Drano or Liquid Plumber down the problematic drain, this is not always recommended since some of the houses in Mesa still have old clay and steel pipes. The harsh chemicals in these products can cause older pipes to rot.
Additionally, a pipe that is taking an unusual amount of time to drain is often an indication of a much larger underlying problem. To ensure that you don’t end up damaging the pipes even more, call a professional plumber. A professional will be able to assess all the problems and advise you on how to maintain them.
Peculiar Smells and Sounds
Strong smells and peculiar sounds from the plumbing works are also indicators of a problem with the sewer line. If you notice your toilet or sinkhole making any strange gurgling noises call in a professional plumber as soon as possible. There could be a clog in one of the pipes or a much needed repair that you may have overlooked.
Water and Moisture Damage
Sewer damage and leakage from pipes can cause excess moisture to seep through your home’s foundation. If you see any cracks on your home’s foundations or the walls of your basement call a professional plumber to check if the wetness and moisture are being caused by a sewer line or plumbing problem.
Increase in Pests
Broken or damaged sewer lines attract mice, rats and other insects like honey attracts bees. A rapid increase in pests around the house may be an indication of a malfunctioning sewer line.
Stains around Drains
Another major indication that the sewerage lines in your home need professional attention are water ring stains around any of the basement drains. These mostly go unnoticed until one of the toilets or sinks get clogged up.
In certain cases, sewer lines need a simple patch over the leaky pipe; this too is best done by a professional. While in some situations, where the plumbing works are older and need replacement this solution may only last a short while. If you think that your sewerage system is severely damaged or outdated you should consider getting the whole system replaced. This can be a little costly but it ensures you peace of mind for at least a decade.