New Home Sewer Problems vs. Older Home Sewer Line Problems

Do you have a “new-ish” home? A home built within the last 15 years or so? If so, do you believe you don’t have to worry about sewer line problems? A lot of homeowners in newer properties believe that sewer line issues are only problems for owners of older homes. While it’s true that older properties have their fair share of sewer line issues, new homes have there’s too. Keep reading to learn more about how sewer line problems affects all homes.

New Home Construction Sewer Line Problems

One of the biggest problems we see in newer homes is sewer pipes pulling apart. This happens frequently in neighborhoods that have experienced years of new construction activity. Neighborhoods are constructed over a period of time as new homes are built, which means that the soil is consistently disrupted. Once the construction stops, the soil has time to relax and settle. When this happens, sewer pipes move with the earth and have a tendency to break apart.

Homes built just five years ago might start to notice raw sewage leakage in their yards once the soils had a chance to settle. It’s not unusual, but it is preventable. Scheduling regular sewer line inspection services once a year from the time you move into a new construction helps catch these issues before they require massive repairs. A sewer inspection involves sending a camera into the pipes to look for problems, including pipes beginning to pull apart.

Older Home Sewer Line Problems

With older homes, it’s true that sewer problems tend to be bigger and more inconvenient. There are plenty of homes in our service areas that were built decades ago and the sewer pipes installed are clay pipes. While the clay piping did its job for a while, it doesn’t hold up well to wear and tear of daily usage, soil changes, and tree roots. That’s why it’s not unusual for older homes to have collapsed or cracked sewer pipes.

Another issue that older homes face is root intrusion. That tiny tree you planted in your yard thirty years ago is now several feet high with a root system that’s just as big. Unfortunately, if the tree is planted too close to the sewer line, those roots are likely to grow in the direction of the pipe, especially if the pipes have any cracks. That’s because tree roots grow toward nutrients and water, both of which sewer line have an abundance of inside.

We also run into a lot of clogged sewer lines in older homes. Years and years of usage contribute to a lot of buildup. Ideally, homeowners have their sewer lines cleaned once a year, but we know that doesn’t always happen. Instead, debris collects over the years and all of a sudden you have a toilets and sinks backing up in your home.

Schedule Maintenance Services ASAP

Whether you have a brand-new home or an older home, it’s important to take care of your sewer line. It’s an important part of your home’s plumbing system. Not only do sewer problems have the potential to cost thousands of dollars to repair, they also create toxic living situations. Get the sewer line maintenance services you need today and call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for convenient service options.