The integrity of the sewer pipes in your property can be compromised by several risk factors, including unkempt maintenance, blockages, tree roots, freezing temperatures, aging, and more. Prevent expensive sewer line installation and repair projects in the future with an inspection and a quote today. The technicians on our team are licensed and certified to offer sewer line repair and replacement services in areas of Virginia such as Arlington, Sterling, Reston, and Centreville. Book a service appointment with our experts by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive help with a sewer backup or a cracked pipe.
We Offer the Following Sewer Repair Services:
- Sewer Line Repair
- Sewer Pipe Installation
- Sewer Line Replacement
- Sewer Pipe Removal
- Sewer Line Maintenance
- Sewage System Inspections
4 Ordinary Causes of Sewer Backups
An easy way to delay sewer line repair and replacement services is by detecting small issues before they transform into expensive projects. To help you prevent a sewage backup and clogged drains, we have created a list of ordinary causes of sewer backups and ways to fix the issue.
Clogged Sewer Pipes
Sewer pipes containing just one blockage will suffer in performance. This is even true in seemingly negligible items, such as toilet paper, hair clumps, soap residue, or grease. Stop preventable build-ups by throwing these items away in the trash whenever possible. If you remove any of these visible blockades, but your water still isn’t draining or running properly, this means that the true cause lies somewhere in your main sewer line. At this point, you should call the Snell professionals to assist you.
Municipal Sewage System
If you book Snell sewer line repair and replacement services at (703) 543-9649, we’ll determine where a clog exists along your sewer system. Following our inspection, we can either complete the necessary sewer line installation and repair service or contact your municipality to step in and take charge. From there, you should ask your local plumber how long it could take to restore flow in your pipes, so you and your household are prepared.
Your home’s sewage runs closer to the surface of your yard than you might realize. This leaves it vulnerable to a couple of issues, including tree roots. As the roots of trees branch out, they can spread into and puncture your sewer lines. If this problem occurs at home, reach out to our team and wait for an experienced plumber to arrive before attempting to perform a sewer line replacement or repair project. Do not attempt to remove the damaged sewer pipes without a certified technician.
Cracked & Collapsed Pipes
Depending on the age of your house, the pipes installed beneath the ground during a sewer line installation project may be made of clay tile, cast iron, Orangeburg, and other substances that crack and break down over time. Our staff of emergency plumbers are experts in executing both targeted and large-scale sewer line replacement jobs. With our durable pipework, you should gain a reliable system that’s less likely to clog from corrosion, mineral build-up, and other blockages.
5 Signs of a Sewer Backup
A backed-up sewage system can be costly, smelly, and stressful. Look out for these signs of serious clogging so you can prevent the worst by getting Snell to your home sooner.
A clogged drain or two is usually no big deal—it typically means you just need to clear an obstruction at the drain entrance. However, if you have multiple drains backed up at once, including those you only use occasionally, this means you’re facing a systemic problem.
Toilet Won’t Flush
If your sinks are clogged due to a sewer backup, there is a high probability that your toilets may not flush. Are you having trouble operating the toilets in your house? Do not touch the bacteria-ridden water. Call a licensed plumber on our team to perform an installation or repair on the damaged sewer line.
Bubbles Keep Appearing
If you spot bubbles coming back up after you flush or drain water, this could indicate the water is pushing past an obstruction. If you notice it after multiple tests, it’s time to book Snell for a professional look.
Strange Drain Odors
If you turn on your water and notice an unpleasant or strong smell from the drain, it could be because of the bacteria harbored in your sewage pipes. You will need to hire a certified plumber to perform a sewer line repair and eliminate the blockage. Although you may not believe you have a blockage in your drainage pipes, our staff will inspect your pipes for your peace of mind.
Operating a Sink Causes a Backup in a Different Drain
If you’re taking a shower and a drain in your kitchen becomes clogged, this is a sign of a blockage in your drainage line. Have a licensed plumber on our team come out for a visit quickly before the sewer backup becomes worse. This issue indicates a larger plumbing issue.
4 Types of Sewer Pipes
As previously mentioned, pipes can be made up of all sorts of materials such as clay tile or VCP, cast iron, Orangeburg or bituminized fiber, and plastic or PVC. These different substances offer various strengths and weaknesses that you can take advantage of to address your issues.
Clay Tile Pipes
Vitrified clay pipe, otherwise known as clay tile, is a ceramic-based pipe resistant to corrosion from most sewage. In this sense, this type of pipe can last for a long amount of time, but it doesn’t fare well against incoming tree roots. You will need to be aware of potential sewer line repair issues because the hub fittings of clay tile pipes can leak water and invite tree roots to grow closer.
Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron piping is strong enough to keep out tree roots, hold water, and withstand against low-scale earthquakes. However, beware that cast iron can rust or break down over time.
Wood pulp and pitch are pressed and processed together to create Orangeburg (bituminized fiber). This type of sewer pipe was popular in the past because of the easy, lightweight sewer line installation process. Unfortunately, Orangeburg pipes are extremely fragile and require a replacement every few years.
The drawbacks of these other sewer pipes are what makes Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes so popular today. It makes for quick, easy sewer line installation while still being durable. Since PVC pipes are durable and resistant to corrosion, investing in PVC pipes will decrease the total amount of sewer line repairs and replacements you are required to perform every couple of years.
Snell Heating and Air Conditioning can help you repair and replace your sewer pipes—whether they’re clay tile, cast iron, Orangeburg, or PVC. Give our staff a call at (703) 543-9649 to receive support with a sewage backup.
Sewer Line Repair & Replacement Services
Keep your family and home safe from untreated water by relying on the highly-skilled plumbing technicians at Snell Heating and Air Conditioning. Our sewer line repair and replacement services include pipe relining, hydraulic replacement, preventative maintenance, and much more. Whether we’re working on your sewage system or performing our other excellent plumbing repair services such as drain clearing, water heater repair, sump pump installation, or gas line maintenance, you can rest assured you have the experience of the industry’s finest technicians knocking on your door. Schedule an appointment by phone at (703) 543-9649 on our website to receive a quote and an inspection.
If you need help with a sewer backup or a damaged sewer pipe, give our team of technicians a call at (703) 543-9649 to schedule an appointment.