If you have a problem with your sewer line, then there is a good chance that you will need to get a repair or replacement in the near future. However, you might not be overly familiar with how the process works. To help you get a better idea of what's going to happen to your home and yard, here are some of the most common causes of sewer line damage and how they will affect you:
First, it's important to know that there are a lot of ways for sewer lines to get damaged, and not all are equal in severity. As a result, some problems may be easier to fix than others.
For instance, your pipes might be broken If you live somewhere that gets pretty cold, then frozen ground can lead to broken pipes pretty quickly. There might also just be cracks in your sewer line that grew until they led to a collapse. Regardless of the cause, pipes that are entirely broken often require a lot of effort to repair. Therefore, the broken section is often entirely replaced instead.
You might also have a corroded pipe, which is fairly common for cast iron pipes. Over the years, a lot of metals and chemicals will pass through your sewage lines in very small amounts. This will gradually wear down the pipe over time, ultimately leading to structural weakness. Holes will then form when the pipe becomes too weak, resulting in leaks that will be difficult to repair. Replacement is often a better option when it comes to corrosion.
On the other hand, you might have something as simple as a leak. If the structure of the pipe is intact, then a leak is likely caused by a faulty seal somewhere in the pipe. These are simple enough to fix and won't necessitate the replacement of any section of the pipe. A skilled sewer repair company will be able to fix a broken seal with a minimum of damage to the surrounding area.
You might also have a blockage on your hands, which can be a pretty simple matter to clear out, but this does depend on the extent of the blockage. In many cases, all that the repair crew will need to do is open up the pipe and dislodge the blockage with some tools. More complicated cases might involve the usage of chemical solutions. However, these cases rarely involve extensive damage to the pipes themselves, which means that replacement is not necessary.
For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at DBR Plumbing.Share
24 December 2015
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