Expert Farmers Branch Sewer Inspection & Repair
Effectively Diagnosing & Repairing Sewer Line Problems Since 1995
At Herndon McFarland Plumbing, taking on tough jobs is what makes our careers fulfilling and exciting. We are master plumbers who love to solve challenges that bring improvements to our customer’s quality of life. Taking on tough and challenging plumbing tasks like sewer inspection and repair is a core part of the residential plumbing business.
Whether conducting sewer leak detection jobs, sewer line repairs, or sewer piping installations, we come prepared with industry-leading talent, tools, and expertise. We know all federal, state and local codes and, our plumbers are licensed and love diving deep into complex challenges.
Sewer Clogs & Other Problems
Sewer inspection and repair projects can require addressing issues with the main sewer line of your home. This line is fed by plumbing fixtures such as your shower, sinks and garbage disposal. If the line becomes clogged, blocked or backed up, it can compromise the integrity of piping systems and the ability for waste products to exit your home. Not only can this create unsanitary conditions, but it can also threaten building inspections. Clearing any backed up sewer lines should be a priority of any property owner.
How Do I Know If My Sewer Line Is Broken?
- Drains are slow: If you notice that you have a slow drain, check all the drains in the home. If they are all running slow together, there is likely a problem in the main sewer line.
- Strange smells: If you are noticing a strange smells in the yard or coming from your pipes, you may have a clog in the drains or a deeper issue in the sewer pipes.
- Tree roots grow near your sewer: If you have any trees on your property, it is only a matter of time before they discover your sewer line. Tree roots can infiltrate, clog, and even break up sewer lines if left unchecked.
- Mold growth in the home: If you are smelling or seeing mold on walls or the ceiling, you should have your sewer inspected immediately. The moisture from sewage backup can create a hospitable environment for mold.
- Pest infestations: Sewage and moisture can attract rodents, insects and termites.
- Cracks in your foundation: If you have cracks around the home's exterior, this could indicate that the sewer line is damaging your home.
- Wet or overgrown parts of the lawn: If a part of the yard appears to be thriving more than anywhere else, this could be the result of sewage and water escaping into the soil.
- Fixtures backing up when other fixtures are used: If you notice the toilet begin to back up when you use the shower or vice versa, this is a strong indicator of a major problem in the sewer line.
Can Sewer Lines Be Repaired or Do They Need To Be Replaced?
Whether sewer lines can be repaired or need to be replaced depends on the extent and nature of the damage.
In many cases, sewer lines can be repaired, but there are situations where replacement is the more practical and cost-effective solution.
Here's a breakdown of when repair or replacement is appropriate:
Sewer Line Repair:
Minor Damage: If the damage to the sewer line is minor, such as a small crack, minor corrosion, or a localized blockage, it can often be repaired without the need for complete replacement.
Trenchless Methods: Modern trenchless repair techniques like pipe lining (Cured-in-Place Pipe or CIPP) and pipe bursting can be used for repairing damaged sections of sewer lines without the need for extensive excavation. These methods are especially useful for fixing small to moderate issues.
Cost Considerations: Repairing a sewer line is typically less expensive than replacing it, making it an attractive option when the damage is limited.
Sewer Line Replacement:
Extensive Damage: If the sewer line has suffered extensive damage, such as multiple cracks, severe corrosion, or significant structural issues, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire line rather than trying to repair individual sections.
Old and Deteriorated Lines: Sewer lines that are very old and have deteriorated significantly may be beyond repair. In such cases, replacement is often the best long-term solution.
Inadequate Material: If the existing sewer line is made of materials known to have chronic issues, like old clay or Orangeburg pipes, replacement with more durable materials may be the wisest choice.
Municipal Regulations: Local building codes and regulations may require sewer line replacement in certain circumstances, such as when upgrading to meet modern standards.
Ultimately, the decision to repair or replace a sewer line should be made after a thorough inspection and assessment by a qualified plumbing professional.
They can evaluate the specific condition of your sewer line and recommend the most appropriate and cost-effective solution for your situation.
Keep in mind that trenchless repair methods have become increasingly popular due to their efficiency and minimal disruption to the property, but their suitability depends on the extent of the damage and other factors.
What We Do In Our Sewer Inspections & Repairs
Herndon McFarland Plumbing utilizes advanced technological devices to take the guesswork out of jobs like this.
Our Plumbing Service Staff Knows How To:
- Isolate a blocked, clogged, or backed up sewer line in your home
- Clear this line of any debris
- Repair any damage water pressure issues could have caused to your infrastructure
- Ensure your drains and pipes are prepared for many years of future service
Regardless of what kind of service call or consultation you might need, Herndon McFarland Plumbing is an expert plumbing company that is ready to get to work on your behalf.