Most Common Types of Sewer Problems

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:

  • Broken, collapsed, cracked, or misaligned pipes - These are commonly due to shifting soil or frozen ground.
  • Pipe corrosion or deterioration - If your pipe is older or is made of anything other than PVC piping, then you are likely at risk of having your pipes deteriorate, which can cause collapses in the line and a restriction of proper flow.
  • Blockage - This can result when grease or some other object is restricting proper water flow.
  • Bellied pipe - This is when a section of the pipe has sunk into the ground, creating an area for waste to converge.
  • Tree roots - If roots have infiltrated your sewer line, they can quickly damage the line and cause further damage in no time.
  • Leaking joints - If the seals between the pipes have broken, then water can escape into the area surrounding the pipe.

To prevent future problems from occurring, make sure to have your septic tank inspected at least every three to five years. Typically, this allows us 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. If you need further assistance, you can contact JCN Plumbing at (305) 770-6860.