Older Homes: You, Your Sewer and Sewer Repair

Nothing’s worse than a sewer backup: the smell and sight of raw sewage seeping back up into your home can cause fear in anyone. And, these can become even more common with older homes. Many older structures were supplied with piping and sewage systems that can wear out over time and require substantial repairs. Even the actual materials used in your home’s older piping and sewer could be wrong for your home or deteriorate over time. It is definitely a stressful time when you are dealing with a sewer malfunction or backup, and you might not know what to do at first. All Ways Drains can help with sewer repair for your Shoreview home, but in the meantime, here are a few age-related issues that can arise and what you can do about it.

Have Your Sewer Checked
First off, sewer repair can be costly and may involve a large portion of your yard having to be dug up to have sewer or water piping replaced. So, before you buy an older home, be sure to investigate the plumbing, sewer lines and pipes.

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Roots & Leaks
Plumbing and sewer systems run all the way from your house out to the street. Should your home be on a sewer line, it also runs house to street. Tree roots or simple weight of earth above it may have broken or crack the pipes outside of your home running to the street, requiring sewer repair.

Your water meter should have a gauge that illustrates flow. If you turn off all of the water in your home and this gauge still illustrates movement, you may have a leak.

Toilet Blockage
Check your toilets sinks and waste pipes and if you spot any blockages, try to clear them out with a plunger. Do not reach in with your bare hands, as this is unsafe and unsanitary. If you are not sure how to clean out the blockages, wait for us to arrive and we can take care of it for you.

We provide 24/7 live response to help you when you need it most. If you even start to notice a sewer smell around your house or hear gurgling when flushing the toilet, give us a call! It’s always better to fix the problem before it becomes a much larger one.

Next, alert your city, municipality or township as soon as possible after you notice a sewer backup problem. The correct agency to alert depends on where you live, but most towns have an emergency number that you can call to report these types of issues.

If you are in need of sewer repair for your Shoreview home, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.