Problems with your sewer line are inconvenient at best and a messy disaster at their worst. If you suspect something is wrong with your sewage system, don’t wait for a second longer. Our experienced plumbers at Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC are here to help. For over three decades, we’ve proudly provided reliable residential and commercial sewer line repair in Stuart, FL, and the surrounding areas.
Read on and learn about the leading causes of sewer damage, how to spot the symptoms, and the best ways to prevent them in the future.
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What Causes Sewer Line Problems?
Trees, ground shifting, accidental impact damage, clogs, and corrosion can all lead to sewer line damage. Two of the most preventable points on this list, accidental damage, and clogs, are the most common causes. Be sure to have your lines located before doing any digging in the yard, and schedule drain cleaning every year or two.
Tree root invasion is another common culprit behind sewer line leaks here in Florida. The same way roots can slowly work their way through the stone, they can infiltrate aging pipes. If the trees and other vegetation near your sewer line are showing more robust or lush growth, that’s a good sign your plumbing system has been breached.
Shifting ground and older, corroded pipework can lead to sewer line problems as well. You also have to worry about unstable sand movement and sinkhole damage if you have a seaside property.
Does Your Sewer Line Need Repair?
Sometimes, sewer line damage is easy to spot—standing water and the stench of sewage are hard to miss—but sewer line problems often start less conspicuously. If there’s a partial blockage or minor leak in your sewer line, you might notice:
- Gurgling and bubbles in your toilet whenever you run the shower.
- Slow draining in your sink or tub.
- Odors or small flies near drains.
- Soft spots or lush vegetative growth above the line.
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How Can You Prevent Sewer Line Problems in the Future?
Early prevention and maintenance are the best way to prevent more costly sewer system repairs down the line. Here are some things you can do to prevent a messy sewage disaster:
- Don’t flush non-soluble waste: Only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Hygiene products, diapers, and even flushable wipes should all be disposed of elsewhere.
- Keep grease and oil away from your sink: In the kitchen, having a “grease jar” for storing and disposing of cooking grease can keep your plumbing system clean and flowing freely.
- Replace old pipework: Maintaining and repairing an outdated sewage system is often more costly in the long run than replacing it. If you own an older property, it might be time to schedule a sewer line inspection.