Signs Your Sewer Line May Need Replacing:

The repair or replacement of an full sewer line or even just a small section is occasionally required when drain clearing efforts don not work. Here are the primary indicators that a sewer repair or replacement procedure is required:

Sewer Backup Calgary

Sewer Backup

The most obvious symptom that you have a sewer backup is if you find raw sewage and/or greywater in your basement. Greywater is household waste water that was drained from showers, bathtubs, washing machines, and sinks. Sewer backups could appear as a puddle around the drain in a basement utility room or as spots in other places in the basement. Basement tub and sink drains may also experience backups.

Slow Draining Sinks & Tubs Calgary

Slow Draining Sinks & Tubs

Slow drainage, gurgling or bubbling from your sink, bathtub or toilet may also be an indication that a blockage is starting to form.

Toilet Bowl Water Level Calgary

Toilet Bowl Water Level

When sewer lines are clogged, there may be inconsistencies in the level the water in toilets. It is most apparent when the water level in your toilet is unusually high or low, or simply changes from day to day.

Sewer Gas Smell Calgary

Sewer Gas Smell

A strong smell of sewer gas in or near your home is an indicator that there is a crack somewhere in your sewer line.


Causes of Sewer Line Backups

  • Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe from frozen ground, shifting soil, settling, and other possible causes.
  • Severe grease buildup or a trapped foreign object restricting flow.
  • Corrosion of an old pipe that indeuced the sewer line to collapse or break.
  • A "bellied" sewer pipe where a part of the pipe has sunk from ground or soil disturbances where a low spot get created in the line where waste and paper collect and cause reoccurring blockages.
  • Leaky joints where the seals between parts of the sewer pipe have broken, permitting sewage and water to escape.
  • An excessive quantity of roots in the sewer line that cannot be cleared using a cable machine.

Fourwest Trenchless Water and Sewer Solutions LTD. will not only identify the problem, but pinpoint its exact location by using an in-line video inspection camera. The images captured by the camera are transmitted to a device operated by the camera technician and are recorded for further review. At the same time, a radio transmitter on the camera records the physical location of the line and its depth from the surface so that the appropriate repairs can be properly planned and implemented. And that usually results in faster and less costly repairs.


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