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Top Three Common Sewer Line Problems

El Paso, TX has a rich history. There are a wide variety of historical sites to visit, such as Concordia Cemetery, Magoffin Home State Historic Site, Tigua Indian Cultural Center, and Historic Mission Trail. In areas where there is a rich history, there are also older homes. Where there are older homes, there are sometimes plumbing problems since pipes wear out over time. A frequent problem plumbers encounter in older homes concerns the sewer line. The sewer line is constantly in use as it continuously takes waste products away from your home. When the sewer line breaks down, it can no longer do its job effectively. To ensure your sewer line continues to function properly, it is imperative that you know the causes of common sewer line problems so you can fix problems quickly when they arise.

1. Damage Caused by Tree Roots

Over time, tree roots will spread out underground because they are searching for moisture to continue growing. While growing and spreading, tree roots sometimes penetrate the sewer line. The points on tree roots are as small as needles, and these little points burrow their way into the sewer line. Once tree roots penetrate the sewer lines, blockages occur. If the problem is severe enough, your sewer line can collapse. If tree roots are the problem for you, then a sewer line repair or replacement is necessary.

2. Pipe Corrosion

Corrosion to your sewer line can result from years of wear and tear. Your sewer line encounters waste and other chemicals on a routine basis. Corrosion is especially a problem when the sewer line is constructed from metal pipes, and metal pipes are found in most older homes. When corrosion occurs, numerous problems can arise. Corrosion of your sewer lines can cause water leaks in various places inside your home, pipe breakage, and flooding.

3. Shifting Pipe

Your sewer line is buried beneath a thick layer of soil referred to as a substrate, and this substrate can give way because of sinkholes, excess rainwater, or the foundation shifting. When your sewer line shifts, it can become bowed, preventing water from flowing properly; or your sewer line can become cracked, causing leaks to occur. Sometimes, the shifting can be so severe that your sewer line completely changes shape, or the joints in the pipe begin to separate. Since you cannot prevent shifting, it is beneficial for you to have your sewer line inspected every three years to make sure no shifting has occurred. If any shifting is spotted, then it must be fixed quickly before the problem gets serious.

If you notice any of these problems with your plumbing, do not delay in calling a plumber. Contact Choice Plumbing USA immediately, and our trusted, highly trained plumbers will diagnose your problem and fix it quickly. We serve clients in El Paso, TX and the surrounding areas.