Sewer lines can fail for many reasons, and the older the line, the greater the risk of damage from tree root intrusion, ground shift, and cracks. Because the connection from the house to the main utility connection in the street is the homeowner's responsibility, and is not covered by most homeowner's insurance policies, it's important to ensure that the line is in good condition. Keeping large tree roots away from the sewer line is one way to minimize potential damage.
In some cases you may get lucky and have early warning signs when there is a problem with your sewer line. The symptoms may include slow drains throughout the house, or unusual gurgling sounds when flushing toilets and using faucets. If left unchecked floor drains and toilets can start to backup, leading to expensive repairs and a big mess in your home.
To find out if your sewer line is clogged or damaged it's best to have a sewer line video camera inspection. A small camera is inserted into the line so a technician can view the inside of the pipe on a video screen and determine if there is an obstruction or damage.
If the sewer line is simply clogged, high pressure water jetting can often clear obstructions in the line. Depending on the severity of damage and whether the pipe is cracked or ruptured it may be possible to repair the pipe without digging. Trenchless sewer line repair is a permanent method of fixing broken sewer lines.
For your peace of mind, call Anthony's Plumbing to schedule a video sewer line inspection today.