The Signs of Sewer Pipe Damage
A sewer pipe leak or break can cause serious damage to your home and possessions and can become a health hazard too. If you notice any of the following warning signs of sewer pipe damage, call CW Service Pros right away to schedule a visit from a local professional North Texas plumber.
Indoors: Poor Drainage
One of the earliest signs of a sewer pipe problem is often slow drainage in one or more locations, such as sinks or showers. You may notice the water level in your toilet fluctuates or that water backs up into the toilet or gurgles when you flush. These are signs you have an issue specific to the sewer pipe. If you notice it happening often, it’s time to call a plumber.
Indoors: Unusual Smells or Sounds
If you have sewer pipe issues, you may hear unusual sounds when water drains from the tub or sink, or when you flush the toilet. If you notice sewage odors, call a plumber right away. Those sewer smells are a sign of plumbing trouble and can also be a health hazard.
Outdoors: In Your Yard
If the damage is in a section of pipe located outside the house, you may notice warning signs in your yard. Some sections of your lawn might be greener and lusher than others. You may see wet patches in the yard or smell sewage odors. These are strong signs that a section of sewer pipe in your yard is damaged and leaking sewage underground.
When to Call CW Service Pros for Sewer Pipe Leak Detection and Repair
Sewer pipe problems can be very serious. They can cause major damage in your home and can even be hazardous to your health. Because of this, it’s always important to seek professional help when you suspect a sewer pipe problem.
If you think you have a sewer pipe problem on your hands, call CW Service Pros. You can rely on our expertise and trust that we’ll do our absolute best to resolve the issue quickly and safely. Whether you’re in Plano, Carrollton, Lewisville, or another North Texas neighborhood, you can count on our honest, reliable, and skilled professional plumbers.
What Causes Sewer Pipe Problems?
When sewer pipe problems occur, they’re usually due to one of these three issues:
1. Sewer Pipe Blockage
In newer homes, where pipes are new and undamaged, the most common cause of sewer problems is that the pipe is blocked. This often happens when unsuitable items are disposed of in the drain or toilet; for instance:
- Paper towels
- Toilet wipes (even though they claim to be “flushable”)
- Feminine products
- Construction debris
Any of these items are bulky enough that they can block up your sewer pipe.
2. Damage to Old Pipes
In older homes, sewer pipe problems are often caused by damage to the pipe, rather than blockages. This typically means wear-and-tear damage or corrosion that occurs over time. The more damaged the pipe becomes, the higher the risk of it leaking or breaking. A blockage can also occur if the pipe becomes so badly damaged that it collapses in on itself.
Around one-fifth of homes in the DFW area have sewer lines made of cast iron. Cast iron is susceptible to rust, and as pipes accumulate rust, they can break down and develop leaks. This is often why sewer pipe repair is needed in older homes in Carrollton, Lewisville, and other North Texas suburbs.
3. Tree and Shrub Root Growth
If a tree or large shrub is planted close to a sewer pipe, its roots may encroach on the pipe as the plant grows. If the root system grows large enough, it can break or crush the pipe, or the roots may grow into the pipe as the plant looks for water and cause a blockage.
4. Shifting Soil
Shifting or sinking ground under and around sewer pipe can create a valley, or line belly, that collects debris and waste.
CW Service Pros Offers Expert Sewer Leak Detection Services
At CW Service Pros we use only the best and most effective methods to detect leaks in plumbing and sewer pipes.
Camera inspection: We insert a small camera into the sewer pipe and use it to explore the system. This sewer camera inspection lets us see exactly where the issue is and what’s causing it, whether it’s corrosion damage, root growth, or something else, as well as the condition of the pipe itself.
Smoke testing: If there’s any risk that dangerous sewer gases are escaping your system, the smoke test lets us find the source of the problem while limiting exposure. With this test, we send smoke throughout the sewer system and analyze how it moves through your home. This lets us determine the location of a leak or breakage in the sewer system.
Blocked Pipe? CW Service Pros Can Clean Your Sewer Pipe in a Flash
When a sewer pipe blockage is causing your plumbing problem, we have two effective methods at our disposal. In most cases, we can clean out a blocked sewer pipe quickly and same day in emergency cases using these methods.
Sewer snake: This item is used to dislodge the clog. Whether it’s a tree root or another foreign object, the sewer snake can cut and then shift the blockage to get the pipe flowing freely again.
Hydrojetting: For more stubborn blockages or blocks of grease buildup, we use hydrojetting. With this method, we send powerful, high-pressure water jets down the pipe. The strong flow of water shifts the blockage and, at the same time, scrubs the inside of the pipe free of any grease and grime that’s built up inside.
You Can Rely on CW Service Pros for Sewer Pipe Repair and Replacement
If your sewer pipe problem isn’t the result of a blockage caused by a foreign object, it may be due to a damaged or broken sewer pipe. If it’s a damaged sewer pipe, it can leak into the surrounding area.
At CW Service Pros we use two main methods for solving these issues: sewer pipe repair and sewer pipe replacement.
Sewer pipe repair: If the damage is confined to one or two areas, we can perform spot repairs on the damaged sections of pipe. This is much faster and doesn’t require that we dig to expose an entire section of pipe.
Sewer pipe replacement: If one or more sections of pipe are badly damaged or there is a belly in the entire section of line, it may be more effective to replace the damaged section. This requires that we dig to expose the pipe, then remove the damaged sections and replace them with new ones. Sewer replacement generally takes at least one day and can be a multi-day job depending on the extent and location of the damage.
Sewer Pipe Repair vs Replacement: Which Is Right for Your Home?
Whether your sewer pipe can be repaired or needs to be replaced depends mainly on how extensive the damage is. At CW Service Pros we do our best to complete work quickly, cleanly, and with minimal disruption. We’ll opt for plumbing repair whenever it makes sense to do so. If the damage is minimal and confined to just one or two areas, we can perform spot repairs on the damaged pipe sections.
In some cases, the damage might be too extensive for this to be the recommended solution. If the pipe is damaged extensively in multiple locations or is badly corroded, spot repair may not be enough. When the damage is too extensive for spot repairs, we’ll recommend the damaged pipe is removed and replaced.
How to Prevent Sewer Pipe Damage
If you live in an older home that has cast iron sewage pipes, it’s possible that at some point you’ll have to consider sewer pipe repair or replacing your sewer pipe.
Apart from this, many potential sewer pipe problems are preventable.
Take good care of your drains and sewer pipes, and they’ll be less likely to clog. Mostly, this means being careful about what goes in the drains.
- Avoid harsh chemical drain cleaners, as these can contribute to pipe corrosion.
- Only waste and toilet paper should go in the toilet. This means no paper towels; wipes; or other paper hygiene products, including feminine products.
- Keep cigarette butts, rubber bands, paper clips, and other small items out of the drains and toilets. Even these small items can contribute to and worsen a sewer pipe clog.
- Put problem foods such as stringy veggies, rice, and bones in the trash instead of in the garbage disposal.
Trees and Shrubs
Even a small tree or shrub can cause trouble if it’s planted too close to sewer pipes. To avoid this issue, make sure to plant new trees and shrubs at a safe distance from your home’s sewerage system. For existing trees and shrubs, find out each plant’s expected root circumference and compare that to its distance from the sewer pipe. If any are planted too close, remove or relocate the plant to prevent future issues.
Another great way to prevent issues with sewer pipes is to schedule an annual sewer camera inspection by a licensed professional plumber, like the ones at CW Service Pros.
Sewer Pipe vs Sewer Tap: What’s the Difference?
Every home plumbing system includes sections of sewer pipe and sewer line. These sound like they could be the same thing, but there’s an important difference between the two.
Sewer pipes carry solid waste and wastewater away from the toilet and drains in your home. The pipes connect to the municipal sewer line or septic system associated with the home. The sewer pipe is part of your home plumbing system, and it’s your responsibility as the homeowner to maintain it. If you have a problem with your sewer pipe in the DFW area, you can call CW Service Pros for help. We’ll send a licensed plumber out to find and fix the problem.
The sewer tap connects to the home’s sewer pipe, but this line is part of the city waste system. It carries waste to the main city sewer lateral line on your street. Because the lateral sewer line is considered part of your city’s sewer system, it’s the responsibility of your city to maintain it. If you have a sewer line issue under the city street, call your local public works or other city department for sewer line repairs.
How Do You Know Which One Has a Problem?
Both sewer pipe and sewer line problems present the same way. If you see or smell any of the signs above, call a licensed plumber. They can use sewer detection tools to find the source of the problem and will let you know whether it’s in your jurisdiction or that of your city’s.
Choose CW Service Pros for Sewer Pipe Repair
Sewer pipe problems can be hazardous to your health and your home. They can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. It makes good sense to address them quickly and expertly. And that’s why it makes good sense to call CW Service Pros. With us, you can expect:
20+ years in business: CW Service Pros has been around since 1999, serving residents of Plano, Carrollton, Lewisville—all over the DFW area. We have the local expertise and experience needed to tackle the plumbing issues that North Texas homeowners face, and we love using what we know to help our clients!
Fast service: We offer same-day appointments whenever we can, and we’ll do our best to resolve your problem quickly.
24/7 emergency callouts: When you have a DFW plumbing emergency, we’ll be there for you any day, any time.
Expert plumbers: All our plumbing technicians are highly experienced and knowledgeable. And all receive training in customer care to ensure your satisfaction.
Clear pricing: We’ll give you a written estimate before starting work, with no hidden costs, ever.
Permits are no problem: If you need a permit for Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, or another Dallas-Fort Worth city, or your plumbing job requires an inspection, we’ll take care of the details for you.
Satisfaction guaranteed: No matter what the job, we don’t stop until you’re satisfied with the result.
Financing Options for Our DFW Neighbors
Plumbing problems often take homeowners by surprise. When you suddenly find out you need to pay for sewer pipe repair or sewer pipe replacement, it’s good to have options!
That’s why CW Service Pros partners with Wells Fargo to offer financing options to cover repair costs, from 0% interest terms to low-interest rates with revolving credit on longer payment terms.
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Rely on CW Service Pros for Sewer Pipe Repair
Have you noticed problems with your home sewer system lately? Even a minor sewer pipe leak can quickly become unpleasant, so it’s important to get these issues fixed promptly. That could mean hydrojetting to clean a blocked pipe or sewer repair to fix corrosion or other pipe damage.
When you have a sewer pipe problem, you can trust CW Service Pros for a speedy solution. Call CW today, and we’ll send a licensed plumber out to your door without delay. We’ll locate the source of the problem and figure out the best sewer pipe repair solution to get your home back to normal ASAP!
For sewer pipe repair in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call CW Service Pros today.
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