Lakeview is a beautiful area of Chicago. It has many homes and commercial properties that are the envy of the city. The sewer system in this area needs to be checked regularly, as sewer backups happen often due to blockages.
Rescue Plumbing serves Lakeview Chicago daily and knows how to handle sewer line repairs with success.
This job was completed in the Lakeview East neighborhood of Chicago. The customer had a backed-up sewer line in the late evening. We attempted to power rodd for several hours with no success. We went back the next day and attempted to power rodd through the blockage for another three hours.
Then, we conducted an in-depth sewer camera locating diagnostic. We found the problem in the basement hallway. The problem area was encased in concrete. We had to demolish the concrete to access the sewer pipe. We made the repair, used a camera to inspect the line and everything was good.
What Is A Sewer Line Repair?
Sewer line repair is the process of inspecting, repairing or replacing an underground sewer line.
Sewer lines are made of various materials such as concrete, clay, cast iron or PVC.
The function of a sewer line is to transport waste to a treatment facility.
Why Does My Home Need Sewer Repairs?
There are many factors to consider when inspecting your sewer system.
Sewer backups can happen when a sewer line becomes clogged, blockages occur or pipes become old and leaky.
Sewer backups create bad odors that can be hard to remove without professional help.
Common Causes Of Sewer Repair:
One of the most common problems plaguing sewers is tree roots.
Roots can grow for miles underground and are experts at extracting the aquatic nutrients from your sewer pipes.
Once they infiltrate, roots will clog your pipe, preventing sewage from flowing properly.
This leads to waste backup in your drains that could cause a flooding situation if not dealt with promptly.
Sewer pipe pressure
Sewer systems that are under excessive pressure may not be able to adequately withstand the stress. Excessive pressure in a sewer system often leads to more significant issues. Leaks in sewer systems are exposed when a sewer clogs. The clogged sewer backs up water and sewage in the drainage pipes. The drainage piping in your home is a sealed system and if you add water while it’s clogged it will fill up like a drinking glass. Drainage pipes build head pressure from clogs and if a drainage pipe is not fully sealed it will leak when clogged.
For homes that are not equipped with outdoor drainage, heavy rain can cause a number of issues. The most common issues caused by heavy rain include:
How Do I Know If I Have A Problem With My Sewer Line?
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may have a sewer issue:
Sewer odors are the most obvious sign that your sewer line has problems and can be caused by various sources like sewage backup, lack of ventilation or sewer gas.
Different bacteria can cause a sewer odor.
Hydrogen Sulfide, Ammonia, Carbon Dioxide are other compounds that may produce foul odors when they mix with water inside of the pipe.
Sewer backups are commonly caused by clogs, overloading your system with too much liquid or flushing materials that exceed the capacity of your main drain line.
Lush patches of grass are some of the most obvious indications that you have a broken sewer line.
If you notice abnormally lush patches on your lawn, there’s probably a problem with your sewer pipes.
Certain colors of water – including any that show up in your toilet – indicate a potential problem with your sewer line. If you have noticed unusually colored water coming from the faucet or near the toilet, you may be experiencing persistent mold or other problems related to standing water.
Moisture can cause mold to grow, not only in sewers but also in other areas of a home such as inside walls and ceilings.
Mold needs two things to grow – moisture and a warm temperature. Mold spores are everywhere so it’s not hard for them to find the right environment unless they’re killed.
What Is Power Rodding?
Power rodding is a process that employs a high-powered machine. The power rodding machine rotates a large metal cable with a cutting tool at the end with incredible force. This cable with a cutting tool is sent down into the sewer to chop up the clog.
What Is A Sewer Camera?
A Sewer Camera is a really expensive fiber optic cable with a camera at one end and a protective coating that can withstand multiple trips into a sewer. The sewer cameras used by Rescue Plumbing typically measure about 200 feet long. The camera is attached to a special monitor that can record.
We can even use the sewer camera to send out a transmitting signal to pinpoint an exact location. We perform sewer video inspections every day at Rescue Plumbing. We are able to see what’s happening in the pipe on our monitors in real-time.
After the inspection, we can recommend an appropriate solution.
To The Rescue!
Sewer line problems can be a major headache for any homeowner. If you are having trouble with your sewer lines, contact Rescue Plumbing today!
Our team of plumbing experts will come out and assess the problem to determine why it has occurred and how we can fix it so that you never have this issue again. Free estimates are offered Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. You may need power rodding or camera inspection service if there is an obstruction in your pipes. We also offer other services like faucet repair, toilet installation, water heater repairs and more!
Our friendly staff is waiting for your call right now! You can reach us at (773) 799-8848 to schedule your free estimate today!