Slow drains are a common household problem. They’re usually taken care of with simple household fixes, like a drain snake or plunger. However, in some cases they’re a sign of a major problem in need of major repairs like trenchless sewer replacement. See below for signs that you should contact a residential plumber for further investigation.
Your drains frequently clog
One clogged drain typically isn’t a sign of a major problem. Two clogged drains at the same time is a larger problem. Worse is if multiple drains are slow draining. Though this could be an incredible coincidence, it’s far more likely that the main pipe they all connect to needs professional attention.
Your sewer line might be obstructed by tree roots, causing buildup and sewage to leak into your lawn. It might have a pipe belly, which is a sagging section of pipe that builds up blockage over time. Whatever the reason, a household inspection can help you determine the root cause and best form of repair.
Pipe snakes and cleaners don’t help
The majority of clogs can be cleared with traditional at-home methods. First try using a pipe snake to corkscrew into your drains and break through physical clogs. Typical clogs are caused by hair, excessive food, congealed products, and grease. If the snake doesn’t break through, or there doesn’t seem to be a clog, try an overnight drain cleaner.
If the snake and cleaner don’t work, call a residential plumber for an inspection. Chances are your clog lies deeper in your plumbing system. Your main line might be obstructed and require trenchless sewer replacement.
You have additional plumbing issues
If slow draining sinks aren’t your only problem, there’s a high chance your sewer line is obstructed. These issues could include water backing up in sinks and tubs. Your toilet could make gurgling noises with air bubbles. Sewage might seep into your lawn or pour out of the overflow cap. The smell of sewage might draw pests like rats and insects into your crawl spaces, garage, or home.
A damaged sewer line can also destroy the structural integrity of your home by causing cracks in your foundation. Left untreated, your home might fall victim to sinkholes. If you’re experiencing multiple signs of a damaged sewer line, immediately contact your local trenchless sewer replacement experts. The sooner your line is repaired, the quicker your life can return to normal.
Trenchless Sewer Replacement in the Bay Area
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating can investigate your slow drains and guide you through the best solution. Contact us through our online contact form or call us at 510-528-4292 for quick, safe, and quality trenchless sewer replacement.