All About Sewer & Septic Line Repairs, Maintenance & More

You know that you are the one responsible for fixing problems with your sink, garbage disposal, shower, toilet, and so on. But did you also know that you are responsible for the condition of the septic lines and sewer lines under your property, up until they connect with the main line owned by the city or another local municipality? If not, you are not alone. Most homeowners assume that they can just call the city if there is a problem with their sewer line, but this is not the case.

What problems can happen with a sewer or septic line?

  • Tree root intrusion: Probably the most commonly occurring problem with sewer and septic lines is tree root intrusion. The roots of even a small tree are powerful, and they can gradually grow closer and closer to your sewer line. The result is either the root deforming the pipe, or actually breaking through it.
  • Breaks and cracks: Other reasons why your sewer or septic line may crack or break are varied. If you live in a particular cold reason, the ground may freeze, swell, and break the pipe with extra pressure. If you live in a landscape where the soil shifts regularly, then one of those shifts could collapse or misaligned the pipes.
  • Clogs: Of course, as with any other pipework in your home, you have to be aware of how your septic or sewer line can clog. Be sure to never dispose anything down your pipes that could eventually cause a severe blockage.
  • Corrosion: Non-PVC pipelines are susceptible to eventual corrosion. It is advised you get a yearly or bi-yearly inspection of your sewer lines to check for corrosion and nip it in the bud, before it causes a major issue or requires a full-home re-piping.
  • Bellying: Sometimes a portion of your sewer or septic line can become bellied, or sink lower than the connecting pieces. Bellying will cause waste to collect in a single point, potentially causing clogs, breaks, and a foul odor in your home.

Who Can Help Fix a Sewer or Septic Line Issue?

If you live in Elkhart or the surrounding region, turn to Henry Smith Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling for all your septic line repairs and sewer line fixes. We have more than 60 years of industry experience to put to good use for your project. Our team is familiar with a variety of excavation methods to access your home’s septic and sewer lines with as little disruption to your property as possible. It is our goal to complete your repair quickly so your home can start to feel comfortable again.

Our excavation services in Elkhart include but are not limited to:

  • Site preparation, including determining the best points to begin excavation
  • Open cut trench digging for direct access to major pipe breaks
  • Water and sewer line re-connection
  • Full septic system installation

Let’s talk about sewer line and septic repair services in more detail. Call (574) 914-4012 or contact us online today!

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