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Should You Replace Your Sewer Lines?

How often do you think about your home’s sewer lines? OK, we already know your answer, never. That’s understandable. First off, sewer lines do a job that we don’t like to think about too much, and secondly, they’re completely underground so it’s not like you’re reminded of them all the time. Having said all that, you should think about your sewer lines every now and then, because failure to do so could result in some pretty serious problems down the line.

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As a local Carroll County plumber we wanted to take some time today to talk about sewer lines, what they do, what can go wrong, and how you can get them working again.

What Exactly Does Your Home’s Sewer Line Do?

Your home’s sewer line is just one small part of a much larger sewer system. Every community has a main sewer line that runs down under the streets, and your own sewer line connects your home to this line. Your local municipality will take care of the upkeep and maintenance of the main line, but you’re responsible for your own line.

What Kind of Problems Can You See With Your Sewer Line?

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your home’s sewer line, and as a local Carroll County, MD plumber we’ve seen them all. Here are some of the most common issues we see:

  • Cracked or misaligned pipe connections.
  • Tree roots and bushes grow into the pipes.
  • Older pipes have deteriorated and are no longer functional.
  • Someone flushed something down the drain that shouldn’t have been flushed.

When something does go wrong with your sewer line, it can be difficult to tell, since it’s not like you can look and visibly see the damage. But there are some symptoms that something is going wrong:

  • Your toilets, sinks, and bathtubs are draining slowly.
  • A lingering sewer gas odor in your home or around your property.
  • Your water pressure is weaker than usual.
  • There’s been a sudden rise in your water bill.
  • Patches of extra lush green grass in your yard.

These are only some of the problems that a faulty sewer line can cause, but there are many others.

Work With an Experienced Local Carroll County, MD Plumber

If you’re having issues with your sewer line, or any plumbing problems at all, don’t try to tackle them yourself. Only a plumber with experience has the ability to work on and repair your home’s sewer lines. Our team of local Carroll County plumbers is standing by ready to help you in any way possible. Give Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating a call today.

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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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