The sewer line is the largest drain in your home and is susceptible to a number of problems. The most common problems to affect a sewer line include the following:
There are various other problems that can also affect a typical sewer line, which is why it is important to remain alert and proactive about checking for signs of blockage. To prevent future problems from occurring, make sure to have your septic tank inspected at least every three to five years. This will allow a licensed and insured plumber to carefully inspect your septic system for signs of breaks or cracks. Typically, this allows the professional to correct the problem with a small repair service and can help to prevent costly replacements.
Simply cleaning out the sewer line, or completing spot repairs, can usually take care of the problem. However, if the problem is too far along, then your plumber may need to recommend a costly replacement. They will likely complete a camera inspection to detect the source of the problem and can then advise you of your service options.
In some cases, it is more affordable to simply replace the sewer line, rather than trying to repair it. If your pipes are made of inferior materials, they are more susceptible to leaks, damage, and root intrusion. This can lead to severe problems in the future, which will cost more than the original replacement would have. Your plumber can discuss the options with you so that you can choose what is right for your needs and budget.