Sewer lines, the pipes that run from your house to the city sewer or a septic tank, may need attention periodically. Otherwise, clogs and other issues can lead to serious sewer line repair.

Clogs in sewer lines may occur naturally, but the only way to know for sure if your main sewer line requires unclogging is to consult a professional. New homeowners should find a qualified plumber for their first sewer line inspection. Depending on the state of your sewer line, you may need routine inspections anywhere from twice a year to once every three years.

Don't Take Chances With Sewage

If your plumber catches issues early, sewer line repair can be carried out using the trench method, in which the plumber digs into your lawn above the pipes and conducts repairs from there. Sewer line replacement, on the other hand, is more complex and costly. Only a licensed plumber will be able to determine the best way to remain a blocked sewer line.

During the replacement process, your plumber may also need access to your home or even your neighbor's property.

What Causes Clogs?

Sewer line clogs are caused by a variety of factors. Tree roots are especially bad for your pipes, and they can be hard to deal with.

Oils and fats flushed down the pipes will also build up over time. Never drain grease into your sink. Also, consider wiping down pans with paper towels before doing dishes if you routinely cook with oil.

What to Expect From Your Sewer Line Repair?

Preparing for Repairs

The first step in the sewer line repair process is always diagnosis. Your plumber will run a camera through your pipes and mark the location of your pipes on the surface with spray-paint. Utility lines, sprinklers, electric dog fences and other below-ground obstacles will also be marked. It's important to tell your plumber about any utility lines on your property. You will need signed permission from your neighbors if your pipes run under their property, and usually, you'll need a permit from the city to start work.

Sewer line repair may be quite loud. Despite your plumbers' best efforts to reduce the noise level, you may want to postpone your book club or watch the game elsewhere until after the work is done. Keep in mind that during the repairs some services may be interrupted. Most important, avoid dumping anything into toilets or drains while crews are working on your lines.

Metro Atlanta's Sewer Line Repair Experts

If you have questions about sewer line repair or any other plumbing problems, contact the professionals at Ragsdale today. Their knowledgeable team members are happy to answer your questions.

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