How to Know It’s Time to Replace Your Sewer Line

As a homeowner, it’s difficult to anticipate emergencies or home repairs that need to happen due to wear and tear. It’s nearly impossible to pay attention to all of the “what ifs” that could happen at any given time.

Because of that, when something does start to wear out, or even if it breaks, it can be a shock to your bank account and dip into your savings unexpectedly.

Unexpected plumbing problems or drainage system problems can end up costing a lot. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of some of the most common warning signs that you might need to replace your sewer line.

Sewer repair by a trustworthy plumbing company can make a big difference in saving you money and time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs that it’s time to replace your sewer line.

A Clogged ToiletPlumbing tools

A clogged toilet doesn’t automatically mean you have sewer drain problems. There are many possible reasons why your toilet might not be working properly, but, if it keeps happening, it could be a sign of a sewer line issue.

When a sewer line is broken or gets clogged, it will start to back up in the pipes, and that means the waste and liquid will typically travel down the nearest, easiest route. Unfortunately, that’s often a basement or first-floor toilet.

If your toilet is consistently clogged, and it appears waste is coming back up into it, it could be time for a sewer cleaning.

Low Pressure and Rusty Water

An easy way to determine if you have a sewer line problem is to take a look at the water coming out of your faucets. Low water pressure can be a clear indicator of a problem. If a sewer line is leaking or clogged, it can result in a decrease in water pressure throughout your home.

Additionally, pay attention to the tap water that comes out of your faucets and shower. Does it have a rust smell or is it discolored? Rust in your water could mean the sewer line has started to corrode. This is especially common in older homes with galvanized pipes.

Increased Water BillsWoman holding faucet

If you’re used to your water bill settling in at a certain amount each month, it can be a shock to see that bill suddenly start to climb. An unexpectedly-high water bill could be a sign of a leak somewhere within your sewer line.

Or, it could be because your sump pump is working overtime to keep water out of your home due to a broken line. Either way, a sharp increase in your bill indicates a problem, and it should be looked at right away by a professional.

Avoiding Sewer Line Problems

If you start to notice any of these signs, a plumbing inspection is in order. Getting your pipes and sewer line checked out before these problems get worse can end up saving you a lot of money and hassle.

At MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we have the experience and skills to ensure your sewer line is working properly. If there are leaks or the line needs to be replaced, we’re happy to take care of it for you, so you don’t have to deal with plumbing problems in your home. Don’t second guess your plumbing issues—instead, give us a call at 281-603-9949 to make sure your sewer line is stable.

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