Why You Need to Leave Sewer Line Repair to the Professionals
If you are a capable DIY enthusiast, there are likely to be plenty of tasks around the house that you can confidently handle. Although you may have experience with basic plumbing issues, there are a number of reasons why you should leave your sewer line repair to the professionals.
Common Causes of Sewer Line Problems
There are a number of reasons why you may experience a problem with your sewer line. The most common underlying causes here in LA and the Valley at least are root intrusion and broken lines. You may also experience a problem as a result of foreign objects becoming lodged inside, a sagging line, a fault or underground connections being offset in the pipes from earth movement. All of these issues, however, would be virtually impossible to spot from above ground. In many cases, a full inspection with a camera system is needed to trace the path along the main line to determine where an obstruction, breakage or problem has occurred.
How to Spot a Sewer Line Problem
In many cases, a full inspection is needed to determine the underlying cause of any issue, but there are often identifiable warning signs. One of the most challenging aspects of a sewer line problem is the diagnosis. The warning signs include water backed up on the floor near floor drains, lines requiring clearing more than once every two or three years, multiple drain blockages or a gurgling noise in floor drains, toilets and sinks. You may also notice soggy patches in your front lawn with puddles of water that smell.
The Reasons to Use a Sewer Plumbing Professional
Even if you were able to determine the exact location of a fault in your sewer line, there are several reasons why the repair should be left to true plumbing sewer professionals. The first reason is safety. If a sewer line has collapsed or broken, the ground in your yard may not be stable. Professional sewer repair specialists have the expertise and experience to ensure that the repairs are carried out in the safest possible manner to limit the damage to your property. If you attempt a repair yourself, you are not only putting yourself at risk of injury, but you could cause more damage to your yard and property.
Another reason to use a professional plumbing specialist is that you will ensure that the repair is completed in the most efficient manner possible. Professionals have specialized gear, tools and large-scale equipment to enable them to repair any sewer line issue quickly and efficiently, minimizing your inconvenience and disruption.
Additionally with sophisticated, professional detection equipment like video systems and trenchless technology, it is often not necessary to dig up your whole yard even to repair a collapsed sewer line. This means that you will not be forced to have extensive landscaping done in your yard once the repairs are completed. Only a professional plumber, specialized specifically in sewer line work can do this.
A professional can also reduce the risk of more serious problems occurring with prompt repairs and preventative maintenance. Tree roots and other debris can be quickly removed with cable snakes and Hydrojetters before they can cause severe and costly damage to the sewer line. This means that you can save time, aggravation and money with just one phone call.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.