Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Is Something Wrong With Your Sewer Lateral Line?


One of the longest and most important plumbing pipes inside and outside your home is the sewer lateral. The sewer lateral is the gateway between your home and the main sewer line in your city street. If something goes seriously awry with the sewer lateral pipe, it can cause multiple problems throughout your home. Here are signs you might have something wrong with your sewer lateral today.

What Types of Tell-tale Plumbing Issues Might You Have?

All of the waste that enters your kitchen and bathroom eventually ends up inside the sewer lateral pipe. If something happens with the plumbing pipes or drains in your kitchen or bathroom, it could cause problems with your sewer lateral line or vice versa.

Some of the tell-tale problems you might have right now are poorly draining sink drains. If waste does back up in the sewer lateral line, the sinks in your kitchen (and possibly in your bathroom) may back up as well. Your drains might also bubble or gurgle as water and waste attempt to pass through them. The noises can also occur if air traps inside the pipes connected to the drains. 

You may also notice some strange problems with your toilet. For instance, your toilet might not flush its contents all the way, or the fixture might gurgle and burp whenever you use or run other plumbing fixtures in the home. Some homeowners notice small backups in their basements when they have something wrong with the sewer lateral line.

If you experience any, some, or all of the problems listed above, contact a plumber. You may need a sewer lateral replacement.

How Do You Detect Issues With Your Sewer Lateral?

In order to see what's going on with your sewer lateral line, a plumber will need to access it. A contractor can access the line through the main clean-out reservoir near your house, or a contractor can insert a camera down the line. Both methods allow a plumbing contractor to see the inside of your sewer lateral line in great detail.

If your sewer lateral line is severely blocked, a plumber will clean it. If the line is busted, collapsed, or in overall disrepair, a plumber can offer a replacement line. A contractor can insert a replacement line directly inside the damaged sewer lateral line, or they can dig it up and replace it completely. If you choose to replace the line by digging, a plumber might use excavation tools or the trenchless method to do so. A contractor can go over the basics of using each method and help you choose one that benefits you the most.

Don't wait until your sewer lateral line breaks and floods your home. Call a plumber for assistance today.


18 December 2019