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If your plumber in Portland has recommended sewer line replacement instead of repairing your existing line, you likely have several questions. Although replacing your sewer line is a major service, it can help you avoid even more costly and extensive damage to your home and yard. If you are having your sewer line replaced, here are the answers to some common questions homeowners have about the process.

How do I know my sewer line has to be replaced instead of repaired?

The best way to know for sure that your sewer line needs to be replaced is to have your plumber perform a video inspection before work begins. During a video inspection, your plumber can see the inside of the sewer line without doing exploratory digging, which tears up your yard and could end up being unnecessary. On the video, your plumber may discover damage that is too extensive to repair, leading to replacement, or he or she may find that repairing your sewer line is adequate.

Additionally, if you have had repairs in the past that have not corrected your plumbing problems, then replacing the sewer line may be the only answer.

What are some of the problems that cause sewer lines to need to be replaced?

Trees are notorious for damaging sewer lines. Tree roots can spread and eventually breach your sewer line, causing blockages or leaks and eventual failure. If you put objects down your drains that are damaging to your sewer lines, such as grease and paper products that aren’t designed to be flushed, then they will eventually create blockages that lead to the need for replacement. In some cases, sewer lines are just too old to continue functioning properly. Clay pipes, which were routinely used before the 1980s, are especially prone to age-related damage.

What are some of the signs that I should have my sewer line inspected?

If you notice that your toilet is making noises when it is not in use or that water drains slowly throughout your home, then consider calling a plumber to see if your sewer line could be to blame. Some of the signs may be apparent outside of your home. Look for patches of lawn that are sinking or are overrun with water, which can indicate a leak. When your sewer line is failing, you may also notice a sewer stench in and around your house.

If you’re concerned about your sewer line or have questions about replacement, contact us today to have one of our expert plumbers evaluate your system. You can learn more about sewer line replacement by going to our website or by visiting our blog.

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