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How to Tell It’s Time to Replace Your Sewer Line

Sewer lines last a long time, longer than most of the other plumbing in today’s homes. They don’t last forever, however. If you’ve been having trouble with sewer backups, here are a few things to consider in determining if it is time to replace your sewer line.

Does your home have an Orangeburg sewer line? This sewer pipe was common in the 60s and early 70s. If you have this type of piping, you’re already living on borrowed time. Orangeburg sewer pipe flattens and disintegrates over time. When this happens, you’ll experience frequent blockages that you cannot entirely remedy. If you have an Orangeburg line and you haven’t replaced it, it’s just a matter of time before the line fails.

Is your exterior sewer line made of “thin wall” sewer and drain piping? While legal, this type of sewer pipe is another disaster waiting to happen. The trouble with this pipe is the walls of the pipe are very thin, not at all like modern schedule 40 sewer pipe. This leads to cracked pipes and cracked fittings. You won’t know you have thin wall piping until your plumber exposes the piping in your lateral line. If you find you have thin wall pipe, replace the entire line with four-inch schedule 40 sewer pipe rather than attempt a temporary repair.

Are you having repeated problems with tree root stoppages? Today’s sewer pipe comes in 20 foot lengths, eliminating many pipe joints, where roots typically enter the line. Eliminate the joints and you’re well on your way to eliminating the roots-in-your-line problem.

Cracked and split cast iron sewer pipe
Cracked and split cast iron sewer pipe

Does your home have cast iron piping? This is common in many older homes. Cast iron pipe rots, or cracks and splits. Depending on where the pipe is located, this can be an expensive fix. A job of this magnitude requires considerable skill and manpower to remedy.

We can detect many of these sewer line problems with a video sewer inspection. At Sav-On Plumbing, we are skilled in the diagnosis and repair of all these types of problems. We are happy to provide you with a free estimate on this type of repair.

Yard post sewer line replacement
Yard post sewer line replacement


Your sewer clean out is NOT on the roof

Often times we are called by customers wanting us to come and “snake” their sewer line. Many of these  same customers want to know the price of the job before we send a serviceman to their home.

It is easier and much more efficient  to be able to clean the line from a clean-out on the ground.

It is also cheaper to clean the line from a clean-out. However, the  pipe on the roof for the drainage system is not a clean-out, nor is it intended to be used as such. Some plumbers routinely open the drain or sewer thru the roof vent. While this “quick-fix remedy” cures the problem temporarily, in the long run it creates more problems than it solves. Unseen roof damage that appears minor takes years off the life of the roof. Even more drastic is the damage that results when a healthy rain finally appears and suddenly, water is coming through the ceiling. Now the customer is hit with a double whammy; roof damage caused by neglect, and the consequent ceiling damage as a result.

Much better to have the sewer line located, properly- sized clean-outs installed and the line cleaned with a full sized cutter blade. Only then can the true condition of the sewer line be assessed, the line cleaning guaranteed, and no worries that the next monsoon or winter “soaker” will bring a nightmare to life right there in your home.