Whether you are using your bathroom shower, your kitchen sink, or a simple faucet, all of the water you use in your home eventually exits through your sewer line. For this reason, it is very important that you make sure that your sewer line is free of cracks and other issues. Even small problems can contaminate your water supply and potentially cause water damage in your home. Here are some signs that it is time for you to look into a new sewer line.
Age If you live in an older home, then it might be time for you to replace your sewer line. The materials used for building sewer lines have changed over time. Modern materials, for example, tend to be much more reliable than the sewer lines built in the past. Over time, sewer lines can decay, leading to leaks and cracks. In addition to leading to water supply contamination, older sewer lines can also be more susceptible to problems like home flooding.
Root Incursion One of the most serious problems homeowners face when it comes to sewer lines is root incursion. Your sewer line generally runs underground from your home to the street. However, this leaves the sewer line vulnerable to the roots from the trees in your front yard. Tree roots naturally seek out moisture, and even if your sewer line has a minor leak, your trees’ roots will be attracted to the line, eventually forcing their way into the sewer line itself. Once roots enter your sewer line, they can cause a host of problems that can be prohibitively expensive to fix. In addition to serious leaks, roots can also cause clogs.
When your sewer line isn’t in top condition, your home becomes susceptible to serious problems like flooding and water supply contamination. Instead of waiting until its too late, have your sewer line inspected by a professional plumber. Replacing an old sewer line will help keep you and your family happy and healthy. To learn more about sewer line replacement, call Peter Levi Plumbing, Inc. at (415) 814-6900.