Your home’s sewer line transports all the waste from your house to the municipality’s main line. Everything that goes down your drains moves through it, so it’s important for this plumbing component to be in good condition. All homeowners should be aware of the most common signs of trouble and when to have the sewer line serviced or replaced.
A Homeowner’s Guide to Sewer Lines
Red Flags to Look For
A backup in the line will affect your drains and the function of your fixtures. For example, the toilet may gurgle when you are using other appliances. Using too many fixtures at once may overwhelm the line, causing water to back up in your shower, sink, or washing machine drain. Also, the drains will move slowly and eventually may stop working altogether.
When to Repair vs. Replace
Sewer lines get clogged for a few reasons. Tree roots may have forced their way into the plumbing, some debris may have gotten caught on a small obstruction inside the pipe, or there may be clogs due to substances like grease entering the system. If the line is otherwise in good condition, you can simply have a plumber snake it to remove the clog. However, you’ll want to replace the line if the cost of repair is more than half of the price of a replacement, you have persistent clogs, or the line is almost 50 years old.
When you need a plumbing professional to fix or replace your sewer line, contact McGuire Plumbing & Heating. We are a family-owned and -operated business that has been serving New London and Windham counties, CT, for more than 30 years. We will provide long-term solutions for your sewer line. We are available around the clock for any emergency plumbing needs. Contact us online or at (860) 376-3388 for an estimate.