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Common Sewer Line Issues

Although difficult to see and reach, your home’s sewer line is an integral part of its plumbing system. When working properly, it does an excellent job of carrying out various types of waste from your home safely. However, whenever there is a problem with your sewer line, not only is it hard to detect, but it also has the potential to cause a wide range of problems. Take a look at the most common sewer line problems and what you can do to resolve them. 

Sewer Line Clogs

Clogged sewer lines are one of the most common sewer line problems. It’s usually caused by foreign objects being flushed down the toilet. Diapers, wipes, and tampons are common culprits of sewer line blockages. Some of the most common signs of a sewer line blockage are water backing up, gurgling pipe noises, and slowed-down drains. The best way to prevent your sewer lines from becoming blocked is by only flushing toilet paper down the toilet. 


Pipe Corrosion

Another common sewer line problem is pipe corrosion. Over time, the metal pipes that make up your sewer line will corrode and cause leaks in your home. A camera inspection is the easiest way to detect corroded pipes. Camera inspections allow you to see the inside of your sewer line for yourself and spot any potential weak spots or points where leaks can develop. You can also enlist the help of a professional plumber to accurately assess your sewer pipes. 


Tree Root Intrusion

Tree roots can wreak havoc on sewer lines. That’s because as tree roots spread in search of water, they can come into contact with your sewer lines. Over time, tree roots can become so ingrained into your sewer line that it causes blockages or collapsed pipes. The easiest way to avoid this is to be mindful of where you plant trees on your property. However, if you already have a tree on your property that’s causing problems, have a professional plumber correct the problem for you.


Pipe Shifting 

Foundation shifting, sinkholes, or even excess rainwater can cause your sewer line pipes to shift. In some instances, the slope of your home’s sewer line may be adjusted, but at other times, it can cause cracks or leaks at pipe fittings or joints. This can result in leaks and possible intrusion into the sewer lines. The best way to prevent this from happening is to have your sewer lines inspected every few years. Your inspector will check to see that no major shifting has happened and if it has, quickly fix it. 


Protect Your Sewer Lines with Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating

The professional plumbers at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating are here to protect your sewer lines. With 24/7 service and convenient scheduling, we make it easy to get the professional plumbing services you need. Don’t ignore signs of sewer line problems. Contact us now to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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Frederick County: Frederick (21701, 20702, 21703, 21709), New Market (21774) , Mount Airy (21771), Urbana (21704), Ijamsville (21754), Walkersville (21793), Libertytown (21762), Damascus (20872), and more.

Howard County: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Baltimore County: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Carroll County: Eldersburg (21784), Finksburg (21048), Hampstead (21074), Manchester (21102), Marriottsville (21104), Taneytown (21787), Union Bridge (21791), Westminster (21157, 21158), Mount Airy (21771), New Windsor (21776), Sykesville (21784), Woodbine (21797), Taneytown (21787), and more.

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