When to Check or Clean Your Sewer Line for Breaks

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by rwilliamsdel

We are all aware that sewer lines are expected to be less than clean. With their main function being the transport of waste, they are usually left off the spring-cleaning list.

However, neglecting your sewer pipes can lead to much larger issues that comes with a much larger price tag.

The cost of replacing a sewer system can range from $50-$100 per foot, quickly adding up to thousands of dollars. With such a steep price tag, it pays to invest in the care and maintenance of your pipes.

This means knowing the status and keeping up with regular drain cleaning before you have to ask the dreaded question: “How do I know if my sewer line is broken?” It will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Sewer maintenance and inspection is important to save you money.

Most homeowners wait until there is a sign of a problem, for example a clog or insufficient drainage, and even then many simply chalk it up to a faulty system.

What they don’t know is that waiting too long to fix a seemingly small problem may eventually result in a much larger problem.

One issue may be a broken sewer pipe, which will affect not only the sewage system but also the entire property.

A smart way to avoid such time and frustration is to try and maintain a clean sewage system by scheduling regular sewer cleanings.

Here are some common signs to look for:

Listen Carefully

Pay close attention to all noises coming from the pipeline, drains and toilets. If something sounds different than usual, or sounds like the drains are making more of an effort than usual, there is good chance it’s time for a cleaning.

When residue and waste begin to back up the pipes, drains become sluggish and have to work harder to finish the job.

If something doesn’t sound right, check it. It may be that the house or the pipes are a bit old, but it could be a symptom of a much larger problem.

Check For Tree Growth

Tree roots growing into sewer pipes are very common occurrences. Unfortunately, many people don’t notice what’s happening until it’s too late.

If you begin to see a moss like texture or what seems like tree or plant growth on or around your drains, immediately call a sewer cleaning plumber. The older your house is, the higher the likelihood of root growth.

Better Safe than Sorry

A plumbing inspection of a drain.

Today we have technology available for everything, including clogged drains. Many of your plumbing and sewer specialists are able to use a small camera to check out the status of your drains.

If you are worried or simply curious about the status of your drains feel free to call your local professional for a “check up”. Sometimes it may be better to skip the footage and go directly to the clean up.

Conserve Water

If you feel there may be a problem, try not to add additional damage by contributing more water and waste.

Pay close attention to your water usage and try and keep all flushing and rinsing to a minimum until a professional can fix the situation.

If Your Sewer Is Clogged

If you find that you’re experiencing one or all of the listed signs, it may be time to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to schedule your sewer cleaning.

Our trained professionals have experience in cleanings, clogs, broken pipes, tree root growth and more.

We will give a thorough inspection and happily guide you through the necessary steps. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing we highly suggest being proactive about the care of your sewer system.

A malfunctioning system is a mess for everyone and is something no one wants to go through. Avoid the headache by being aware of the subtle changes of your pipes, and by scheduling regular maintenance checks with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

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