A crucial unseen part of your home are the pipes that lurk below it. You don’t see them and it’s easy to take on the attitude of “out of sight out of mind”. The fact of the matter is that having a functioning sewer system is a crucial part of your home and everyday life running smoothly. When your system is not working correctly, it’s not a secret.
Common indicators that your system needs repair:
If your water is flowing slower than normal and you wake up to a sink full of water from the night before you can be fairly certain that there is a problem lurking below the surface. If your drain stops before it drains it is a good indicator that the line is not working as it should.
Backed up drains
If your toilet doesn’t flush completely, you know you have a problem. The same thing goes for water backing up in one drain when it is going down a different one (for example, if your laundry tub starts filling up when your toilet flushes). These things are not easy to brush off and are obvious indicators of a problem down below.
If you come home from a long day and open your door to a foul smell, it is nearly impossible to avoid. Instead of wondering where it came from and it gets stronger as you walk towards a drain you better believe it has to do with your sewer system.
Low spot in your yard
This is one that you may not have heard of or isn’t as obvious as the other ones. If there’s a depression in your yard or driveway, it can mean that your sewer system is sinking deeper into the ground. This prevents sewage from flowing easily and in the proper direction, and you guessed it this is a sign of issues below deck.
Common Causes that may be the problem
Most sewer systems were constructed with cast iron pipes with lifespans of 25-30 years. The chances are that by the time you move into your home you are getting dangerously close to a sewer replacement. Choosing trenchless repair is a great option to avoid this in the future as the pipes last a minimum of 50 years.
Another effect of aging pipes is rust. The frequent contact of water can lead to rust over time.
Although grease liquefies when it’s heated it solidifies as soon as it cools. If you pour bacon grease down your sink thinking it’s ok because you’re running scalding hot water it could back up over time.
Nothing lasts forever. If you notice signs of sewer damage and want to determine the cause call the experts. Pipeshark can help find the answer to your problem. We offer the latest technologies and can be trusted to get to the root of the issue.