The sewer line is the single most important aspect of your home plumbing system. When the main is stopped up, clogged or flowing improperly, the rest of your pipes and drains are soon to follow.
Sewer lines are often difficult to access—they are buried deep underground, beneath your home, yard or driveway. Unfortunately, most people don’t give a second thought to their sewer lines until one isn’t working properly. So in many homes, sewer lines are neglected—poorly maintained and existing in various states of disrepair, clog or corrosion. If the sewer line is in bad enough condition, replacement can become the more cost effective solution as opposed to drain snaking or water jetting.
We try to use replacement as a last resort, but when the situation does call for such drastic measures, there is no one better at sewer line replacement than the plumbing professionals at RooterMD.
Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Replacement
At RooterMD, we have over 32 years of sewer replacement experience under our belts. Over those years, we have learned that if your main line backs up more than once a year, it is probably worth the time and money to simply have the problem area dug up and the line replaced.
- If the stoppage remains resilient to the efforts of our sewer cleaning experts, your entire line may require replacement. If this is the case, there’s little you can do besides choosing to live with the inconvenient, unsanitary clog, which is really no choice at all.
- There’s no two ways about it, most sewer main replacements are difficult and labor intensive projects because they run entirely underground, often below gardens, lawns, driveways, or patios. Your yard or driveway may need to be excavated to even access the sewer main and begin the replacement process.
- In the unfortunate event your sewer line will require this kind of work, our sewer replacement team will perform the necessary work as speedily and inexpensively as possible.
Vent Stack Repair or Replacement
A vent stack is a vital part of your plumbing system that removes sewage from your home, releases sewer gas and regulates air pressure in the waste system pipes, facilitating flow.
- Waste enters your plumbing through toilets, sinks and showers and exits through a trap, a dipped section of pipe that always contains water. All fixtures must contain traps to prevent sewer gases from leaking into the house. Through traps, all fixtures are connected to waste lines, which in turn take the waste to a vent stack.
- At the building drain system’s lowest point, the drain-waste vent is attached, and rises (usually inside a wall) to and out of the roof. Waste is removed from the building through the building drain and taken to the sewer main.
- While vent stacks are typically pretty maintenance free, when something does go wrong with them, it can disrupt your plumbing system and make your home stink to high heaven!
How do we know your vent stack needs repair or replacement?
This one’s actually fairly simply—if your drains are gurgling or emitting sewer gas odors, you’re definitely going to need repair or replacement of your vent stack.
- Even though the diagnosis is simple, the actual repair/replacement is not at all. So attention all you DIY-ers out there—it’s crucial you hire a professional to conduct this work. Otherwise, you could end up paying even more down the road to rectify shoddy workmanship.
- Unsupported cast iron stack pipes can come crashing down if they are cut without proper supports. Service weight cast iron can be extremely difficult to penetrate without the proper tools and equipment. Incorrectly piped drain and vent piping can even cause damage to the existing piping system, and cause gurgling or bobbling in fixture drains, improper trap function, and clogging or backups.
- So be smart and if you’re having issues with your home’s vent stack, call in the experts at RooterMD and we’ll get it fixed fast and right the very first time!
Don’t leave your sewer line or vent stack replacement to an amateur—call RooterMD today!