Homeowners use hundreds of gallons of water every day. A good percentage of that water comes from the bathroom. Aside from water used to flush the toilet and take a shower, water is used by dishwashers and washing machines to clean your dishes and clothes. All that water and the accompanying waste must be removed from the house and dumped into the city’s sewer system via your home’s sewer line.
The sewer line is highly effective at its job, but like all pipes, it can get clogged up. When it does, you start to experience plumbing problems, such as:
- A backed-up toilet
- Clogged-up sinks where water pools up before taking forever to go down the drain
- Appliances that don’t clean as well as they used to
- Foul-smelling water
- Mold or mildew
- Strange gurgling sounds
- Bugs near the faucet or drain
These are all signs of a potential problem with the sewer line.
The Cost of Sewer Line Repair
Problems with the sewer line can lead to property damage inside and outside your home. Furthermore, fixing this damage can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. However, scheduling a sewer line inspection can detect leaks and breaks in the pipe before they cause damage in the first place.
Who Should Get a Sewer Inspection?
Anyone buying a new home should get a sewer inspection. It’s also a good idea to get a sewer inspection if your home is over 20 years old or if you have old trees in the yard. Tree roots can cause damage to underground pipes, including the sewer line.
Benefits of Sewer Inspections
The main benefit of a sewer inspection is the potential to detect problems early before they cause a lot of expensive damage. No one wants water damage to the floor or ceiling because of a busted pipe. Furthermore, you might be shocked to find that sewer line problems can cause damage to the exterior of your home near the sidewalk or street.
However, sewer line damage can do more than create a need for expensive repairs. It can:
- Create an uneven-looking lawn (the waste in the underground pipes can act as a fertilizer)
- Bring sewer rats inside your home
- Cause cracks in the foundation
- Cause concrete pavers to sink
Call Professionals You Can Trust
Call us at Evenflo Plumbing in Corvallis, OR to schedule a sewer inspection at your home. Our trustworthy plumbers will use a camera to see inside the sewer line and search for signs of damage and will then work on a solution to the problem.