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How to Prevent Sewer Line Leaks

A sewer line leak is not only a major inconvenience, but it can also cause serious property damage. Depending on the location of the sewer line leak, this can impact the integrity of your home’s foundation. Water leaking over time can cause your home’s foundation to become cracked or eroded. Additionally, leaks from your sewer line can cause mold buildup in your home, and if the leaks are bad enough, sinkholes will form in your yard. Sewer line leakage is even more of a concern for older homes because sewer lines in these homes were constructed from materials that are known to deteriorate over time.

Albuquerque, NM is a city that contains a significant amount of history, and places that are historical in nature are known for also having many older homes. If you reside in an older home and are concerned about sewer line leaks, then it is vital you take measures to prevent them from occurring.

Have Your Sewer Line Inspected

The first thing you must do to prevent sewer line leaks is to have them inspected by a licensed plumber. During the inspection, the plumber will be able to determine if tree roots are making their way into the sewer line. The plumber will also be able to spot whether there are any cracks or holes in your sewer line that are causing water to leak into your yard or into your home’s foundation. If the plumber spots any damage to your sewer line that is causing leaks, he or she will advise you on whether a sewer line replacement or repair is necessary.

Plumbing experts recommend that you have your sewer line inspected every six to 12 months. Inspections are recommended this often so small problems can be rectified before they turn into something serious and cause thousands of dollars of damage.

Have Your Drains Professionally Cleaned

Another cause of sewer line leaks is clogging. When your sewer line is clogged frequently by buildup or debris, water will have nowhere else to escape. Pressure will build up over time, and then fractures will form in your sewer line. Buildup and debris commonly found in sewer lines include old food, sludge, grease, and sediment. You can minimize blockages in your sewer line by throwing food and grease into the trash rather than allowing it to go down the drain, and you can have a licensed plumber professionally clean your drains annually.

If you are concerned about sewer line leaks, contact All-Out Plumbing today. We will inspect your sewer line to let you know if there are any problems present, and we will also clean your drains to prevent clogs that can lead to expensive plumbing disasters.