Sewer Repair College Station
FOUR SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE A SEWER PROBLEM:
- Your toilets won’t flush or pipes don’t drain. This is the most obvious indicator that something has gone terribly wrong and that you need a professional on the scene as quickly as possible. Wastewater that backflows can do serious property damage and cause health issues. You need this solved quickly.
- Your yard becomes a bog. If your pets enter the house with muddy feet when it hasn’t rained and you haven’t run a sprinkler system — pay attention and investigate. Standing water is a good indicator that you may have broken sewer lines.
- You smell a nasty odor on your property. Sewer lines don’t smell very good and you might detect vapors on your property before you can see them.
- Noticeably greener patches of the lawn during harsh summer months may mean the lawn is getting watered without your knowledge. A broken sewer line might “water” the lawn without your being aware. Your grass will love it, but you have a problem that JBG solves every day.
SEWER LINE REPAIRS
First, your sewer line can be made of cast iron, clay, or Orangeburg.
The thought of destroying your driveway or uprooting your lawn to repair your sewer line might unnerve you. We know. It’s the last thing you want to consider. But if you have sewer line damage, there may not be a way around it.
A common cause of sewer line failure is thirsty tree roots. Sewer pipes and roots share the same space underground in both front and back yards, and over time they can become intertwined. Smaller roots searching out water sources will actually penetrate the line over time. You can consult with a tree doctor who can tell you if your particular type of tree is prone to deep roots (Post Oak) or stays above the foundation line (Live Oak) for example.
To access failed sewer lines, we must unearth the source and make repairs. When the tree roots are finally in view, that’s when we must make determinations about the best way to solve the problem. Conditions vary and we have developed workarounds, but we can’t really make that decision until we see the condition of the line and root system itself.
Manually cutting the roots that are infringing upon your sewer lines is a short-term solution. Once cut, the roots will simply start over again, and multiply in fibers. A chemical or permanent uprooting process is a better long-term solution to a tree root and sewer line problem. We always hope to save root systems if possible and we defer to homeowners when decisions must be made. Give JBG a phone call when you encounter your next sewer line problem.