The majority of homeowners don’t put thought into their sewer lines until there is a problem with them. After all, you don’t have to look at your sewer pipes every day, so why think about them? But, it is important to know what the status of your plumbing is and how old the sewer system is. You don’t want to be facing a major septic emergency, so it’s best to have your sewer replaced before it fails you.
Here are a few of the most common questions we get from our customers about the sewer replacement process:
What Are The Reasons To Get A Sewer Replacement?
There are many things that may mean replacing your sewer lines is required. These factors include:
- The material of your pipes
- How well your original sewer line was installed
- What the sewer code was at the time of installation
- Nearby construction, either on your home or the ones nearby
- Tree and large shrub roots that may have infiltrated your sewer line
- Soil conditions, increasing corrosion rates
How Long Should My Sewer Last?
Every property will need sewer line replacement at some point, but the timing of that often depends on the material that makes up the pipes.
- Clay pipes: 50-60 years
- Iron pipes: 75-100 years
- Copper pipes: 50+ years
- Steel pipes: 40-70 years
- PVC pipes: indefinitely
How Can I Tell I Need My Sewer Replaced?
While some homeowners choose sewer line replacement when their pipes hit the end of their lifespan, others wait until there are problems. Here’s some signs that indicates the need for professional plumbing help:
- Smelling sewage in your home
- Sewage backups in your home
- Frequent clogged drains
- Multiple drains clogging at once
- Weird water patterns, like backups in your bathtub every time your washer drains
- Wet spots in your yard
- Overgrown places in your yard or shrubs
If you have any other inquiries about the sewer replacement process, reach out to our talented team of experts. We are standing by waiting to assist you and take care of all your worries and concerns regarding your sewer system in Santa Cruz or the surrounding areas. Call Rosenthal Plumbing now!