Sewer Lines

Sewer Line Repair

Sewer LinesHomeowners are often unsure who is responsible for repairing damages to their sewer line since it connects to the municipal sewer system. The property owner is responsible for the line from where it leaves your house to the point where it crosses under the property line and connects with the sewer main in the center of the street. If you believe that something could be wrong with your sewer line, it is imperative that you consult a licensed contractor for repairs. Because the sewer line is buried underground, it isn’t always obvious at first that it has sustained damage from corrosion, tree root infestation, or blockages. There are warning signs to watch for that will tell you that it’s time to call a licensed plumber to inspect the sewer line and see if it needs repair.

Common warning signs include:

  • Odors from the drains: Odors emanating from a single drain in your home often suggest that the drain has a dry p–trap and only needs to have water run through it for a few minutes. But if these odors are coming from multiple drains around your home, it indicates a deeper issue in the plumbing system.
  • Damp, discolored patches on the lawn: If the sewer line starts to leak, it will leave unpleasant smelling patches on your property. If you notice such spots, call for professional plumbers right away.
  • Slow, clogged drains or sewer back-up: When drains all around your home start to develop clogging (usually beginning in the lowest rooms) it means a back–up in the sewer line. Also watch for strange behavior from the plumbing, such as water coming up through a shower drain when the toilet is flushed.

Sewer Replacement

Because of the large amount of work that a sewer system for a home must do every single day, a sewer pipeline is constructed to be highly durable and should last for decades. However, if you have a pipe made from older material, such as galvanized steel (common for homes built pre–1970) or cast iron (homes older than World War II), then corrosion will eventually set in and ruin the sewer line. If you have an older home, you should consider having the line inspected and replaced, before costly emergency replacement is required.
Newer sewage lines may need replacement, as well. Shifting ground can place a strain on the pipe and break it, chemicals from inside can lead to specific types of corrosion, and the infiltration of tree roots can inflict serious damage. In such cases, it is often better to replace the pipe rather than repair it.

Comprehensive Sewer Services in SW Washington and Surrounding Areas

If you have concerns about your sewer line, call Gates Plumbing LLC. We will inspect your sewer line and make the best possible recommendation to address your sewer line servicing needs.

Gates Plumbing Proudly Serves These Locations And The Surrounding Region:

Vancouver, WA | Camas, WA | Longview, WA | Portland, OR