Plumbing problems can take many different forms. For example, as many as 10% of American homes have water leaks. These water leaks can waste up to 90 gallons of water per day.
Other American homes have drain leaks or blockages that may require drain line repair or drain line replacement. By way of background, all the drains in the house connect via a drain line to a main drain line, also known as a sewer line. The main drain line connects the house to the sewer system or septic tank but breaks and blockages can occur in any of the individual drain lines or in the main drain line.
It can be a lot to take in. Unfortunately, the need for drain line replacement could happen at any time without the proper maintenance. Here is what you should know about drain lines and when you should call a plumbing company to repair or replace a drain line:
Symptoms of Drain Line Problems
There are a number of symptoms that indicate you have a problem in your drain line. One of the most common symptoms of a broken, blocked, or damaged drain line is that toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers drain slowly. If a pipe cleaner isn’t able to fix this, it might be a bigger problem down the line.
Another symptom is sewer odors emanating from drains. This can suggest that sewage is backing up into the house, potentially putting the health of your family at risk. In any of these cases, the problem may be caused by a broken, blocked, or damaged drain line.
Causes of Drain Line Problems
Problems with drain lines can arise from a variety of causes. On common cause is the presence of tree roots growing near the main drain line. These powerful roots may bend or break a drain line as they search for water, and they may even cause joints in the drain line to separate.
Physical stress can also put a strain on your home’s drain line. This is often caused by the settling of the home’s foundation or shifting or eroding soil. When soil and minerals enter your drain line, corrosion and buildup of debris will also cause leaks and clogs.
Diagnosing Drain Line Problems
Innovations in technology now makes line inspection and diagnoses even easier. Plumbing companies in San Diego CA can feed a fiber optic video camera through the drain line to inspect the drain line from the inside. The plumber can then look for breaks, damage, and blockages without ripping up your yard for a simple problem.
Drain Line Repair and Drain Line Replacement
Drain line repair and drain line replacement are not do-it-yourself projects. Improper repair or replacement of a drain line can result in water damage or, worse yet, sewage backing up into the house. Rather than attempting a repair by yourself, a San Diego plumbing company can inspect the drain line, diagnose the cause of any drain line problems, suggest solutions, and carry out the drain line replacement or repair.
Sometimes, the drain line merely needs to be cleaned. For example, where grease deposits or other debris from inside the house have clogged the drain line, the drain line may be cleared with a mechanical snake or a high-pressure water jet.
After cleaning, the drain line may still require repair. Under some circumstances, a drain line may be repaired from the inside without digging trenches to access the buried drain line. This can be accomplished by spraying epoxy to coat the inside wall of the drain line to repair any minor cracks or holes.
When the drain line cannot be repaired, drain line replacement may be required. In a drain line replacement, a trench is dug to expose the drain line. Using information from a video inspection of the drain line, the trench may focus on a particular segment of the drain line, rather than digging up the entire drain line, saving you more money in the long run. The broken portion of the drain line is removed and a drain line replacement takes its place.
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