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Houston Home Sewer Repair and Replacement

As a homeowner, there are few things more stressful or troubling than a sewer line backing up or leaking. A compromised sewer pipe can be a messy situation and can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the problem.

Get in touch with the plumbing professionals at Santana Bros Plumbing for sewer replacement and repairs in the Houston area. Sewer replacement is a serious job and can be challenging to complete so you always want to ensure you’re trusting the experts to make sure it’s done right the first time. If the line cannot be repaired and needs replacing, or if you’re just looking for a full replacement due to old pipes and backup issues, we can help.
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Repairing a Broken Sewer Line

We will assess your sewer repair needs, evaluate any cracks or damage, and determine the best course of action to get your sewer working properly again. While every system and sewer layout is unique, there are some actions that can be taken to repair or lengthen the lifespan of your existing sewer pipes:
  • Reline the Existing Pipes - We can reline the interior of the pipes to repair any cracks and help prevent future ones from occurring. It creates an interior sleeve or lining that works like a pipe within a pipe. 
  • Pipe Replacement - If you don’t want to replace your entire system, we may be able to pull a new sewer pipe through the old one. This technique involves breaking apart the damaged pipe and seamlessly replacing it with a new one.
  • Pipe Maintenance - We can also inspect, evaluate, and clean your pipes on a regular basis to help prevent any cracks or bursts from happening. This regular maintenance helps avoid any large debris or buildup and actively prevents the worst from happening.

What Causes Damaged Sewer Pipes?

From blocked pipes to wear and tear and septic or sewer backups, there are several reasons why a sewer pipe can become damaged:
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Tree Roots - Nature isn’t always the most forgiving when it comes to underground pipes. One of the most common causes of sewer pipe damage is tree roots. Roots naturally search for sources of water and as your sewer pipe has water running through it, it’s natural for roots to seek them out. Tree roots can wrap around and break into pipes, clogging, weakening, and even cracking the structure. Clay sewer pipes, typically found in older homes, are the most susceptible to damage from tree roots.

Corroded Pipes - Most swear pipes these days are created from PVC, but older homes may have steel and cast iron pipes that are galvanized to prevent rusting. Unfortunately, these pipes are at a high risk of corroding due to calcium and magnesium build-up that occurs naturally from normal use. If corrosion is left untreated, it can leave the pipe susceptible to leaks and cracks.
Clogged Pipes Due to Debris and Foreign Objects - Your home’s sewage lines are only equipped to handle human waste and toilet paper. It’s important to avoid flushing anything through your pipes that isn’t supposed to be there. Wrappers, garbage, paper towels, and other foreign objects are unable to break down like toilet paper and natural sewage and can cause a blockage. Cooking oils such as olive oil can also clog pipes over time so it’s better to dispose of oil in a different manner whenever possible.

Extreme Temperatures - Extremely high temperatures can sometimes cause the weakening of pipes, but the bigger problem occurs with cooler temperatures. Ice in particular can wreak havoc on pipes causing breaks and cracks as the ice expands.

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Signs of Sewer Line Damage

In order to prevent sewer damage or reduce the damage it can cause, it’s helpful to know how to spot the signs of a damaged sewer system. This way, you can take immediate action and give Santana Bros Plumbing a call. Here are a few signs that your sewer system is failing:


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Flooded or Foul-Smelling Yard
A flooded yard that smells bad can be a sign of a broken sewer pipe. These pipes are often buried up to six feet under the ground. A broken pipe can result in pooling above ground, but as gas rises quicker than liquid, it’s more likely that you’d be able to smell the issue before seeing it.

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Draining Difficulties
It sounds strange, but listen to your toilet. Blockages that occur in the main sewage line will cause drainage issues throughout your home. Toilets will make a gurgling noise as air gets pushed back up the line as waste attempts to drain.
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Water Damage in the Home

Everyone’s nightmare is water damage or flooding that can occur if a drain line leaks or breaks in the home. This may be as obvious as seeping water or if the break is small, it may present as mold spreading on floors and walls.
If you see or experience any of the above issues, you should contact a plumbing professional immediately.
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Sewer Replacement in Houston

If your sewer line cannot be repaired, then it’s time to replace the whole thing. We can advise you as to the best options for both the size of your home and your budget. There are a number of different ways to tackle sewer pipe replacement and it doesn’t always require invasive methods that will damage your existing landscaping, but don’t rule that out just in case.

In the end, the experts at Santana Bros Plumbing want you to be completely satisfied with your new sewer, so don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions about the project.

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Professional Sewer Line Repair and Replacement Services

Don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to sewage pipes. If something goes wrong it can cause catastrophic damage and impact the structural integrity of your home along with the health of everyone who lives there.

It’s better to trust the experts. We’ll explain the problem to you and present you with a number of different solutions that will best suit your needs and lifestyle. Don’t get caught in a stressful situation. Contact the professionals today for all your sewer replacement needs!
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