Symptoms of a sewer line in trouble can sometimes just be the tip of the veritable iceberg, so it’s a good idea to be cautious and call a plumber when you notice any of the following: cracks in your foundation (from a possible water or sewage leak), foul odors that linger, regular backups in toilets or sinks, or rats in your home (possibly finding entry via a hole in the sewer pipe). If any of these issues present themselves or even something more urgent, it’s time to contact Armstrong Plumbing for help.
How Do We Repair?
For sewer line repair and cleaning, Armstrong Plumbing is always thorough and has been for over thirty years of expert service. There is no substitute for quality work completed at a high standard for excellence. In the case of a simple repair, we can often offer same day service. If your situation is more complicated–problems with water do love to spread–we are ready to solve it for you.
It’s easy for the trained professionals at Armstrong Plumbing to see exactly what the issue might be with your sewer line. We have specialized, non-invasive cameras that can look inside the pipes and tell us exactly where and what the issue may be. This will tell us if all you need is a simple sewer cleaning. Very often, the problem with sewer lines just comes from the material of the pipe itself.
St. Louis is an old city that has history in its pipes. When St. Louis was founded, the standard was clay pipes, and over time, this transitioned to cast iron. The problem with both of these is that they wear down over time–especially in the many decades since that pipe was lain. Now, the standard is plastic piping, which will last up to seventy years or more. If you know you have pipes that aren’t modern plastic, replacing them is an excellent way to improve your home value, as potential buyers will know that repair are unlikely be on the table for them.
In the worst-case scenario of an entire sewer main repair, we know how to refit your home with modern plastic plumbing in the least invasive manners possible, so that your home still displays your own high standard of care.
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How Can You Protect Your Sewer Lines?
Sewer line repair and sewer cleans can be intimidating, and the desire to protect your home from the bottom up is understandable. Here are some simple, practical reminders to maintain the integrity of your plumbing and home:
Avoid dumping oil or grease down your drains; it may be a pain to get rid of properly, but dumping it in your sewer can create severe clogging issues.
Do not flush diapers, facial wipes, feminine hygiene products or paper towels down toilets.
Consider removing trees and bushes that may have roots crawling toward your sewer lines (especially if you have older pipes that are not PVC plastic).
Finally, in the event of a possible sewer line breakage, it’s a good idea to keep your appliances and other water-vulnerable items elevated in your basement to protect them from flooding.
Why Trust Armstrong Plumbing?
Armstrong Plumbing has thirty years of expertise in the St. Louis area; even with a city as old as ours, there are no surprises we can’t handle. Our compassionate customer service team is ready to receive you, and often we are able to arrange for same day service.