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Top 5 Sewer Pipe Problems

Top 5 Sewer Pipe Problems

Sewer lines do not come without problems. Improper care, the elements, nature, and other forces can give you sewer pipe issues that, if ignored, can turn into costly problems. Mr. Rooter Plumbing has found that understanding and being aware of these problems early on can save you plenty of money on repairs and replacements. These are only the five more common sewer pipe problems that we, at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, run into but there are many others not mentioned. If you have any questions or concerns about your sewer line or pipes, then feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley to consult with a professional. We are available around the clock to take your call.


Metal pipes can last for several dozen decades, but they are not indestructible. In fact, even if your sewer lines are protected, they will corrode over time. Water with a pH level of 7 or higher, or highly acidic water, will eat away at metal pipes, especially more so as the pipes age. These pipes are also susceptible to corrosion if they are left idle for long periods of time.

Drain Blockages

Clogged drains are one of the easier sewer pipe problems to spot and resolve but they are equally common occurrences. If you experience slow drainage, odors from drains, gurgling toilets, or water and sewer backups, then you likely have a drain blockage. Shallow clogs can be resolved with plungers or drain snakes, but obstructions that are deep within the sewer line will probably require a professional plumber’s assistance. Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers a line of drain cleaning services for this problem.

Leaking Pipes

Leaks can be costly in the short term and the long term. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that leaks in the average household waste about 10,000 gallons of water per year. This translates into high water bills. The leaking water can also damage property and your building’s structure. Ignored for long, leaks can turn into burst pipes.

Tree Root Infiltration

Tree roots, especially invasive and long roots, seek out water by growing toward it. If trees do not receive their necessary watering, then they will reach out toward pipes, latch onto them, and grow into them. This is a very common cause of cracked sewer pipes. Be mindful of your sewer line’s location when planting trees and be aware of the tree’s expected root length.

Damaged Sewer Pipes

Pipes can be punctured and damaged by a range of causes. Driving over, parking on, and installing large structures on can apply undue pressure and damage pipes. This sort of damage will require the assistance of a professional plumber so be careful with the weight of what is on the general area. 

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing When You Need Plumbing Service

When you have issues with your plumbing system, it is best to deal with it as soon as possible. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is your source for around the clock plumbing services and repairs. Call now to speak with a live and friendly representative. We can schedule a flexible appointment or arrange for an urgent dispatch.