What You Should Know About Preventative Sewer Line Maintenance


The sewer lines in your home are essential to your home’s functionality and the happiness – and hygiene – of your family. Just like any other pipe on your property, larger sewer lines can and do run into issues. Tree roots can break sewer lines, causing blockages and leaks. Shifts in the soil can do the same. Non-disposable items flushed away can cause clogs. Basically, there is a lot that can go wrong with your sewer line, so it helps to know a little bit about how to make things right.

Sewer Line Inspections Sniff Out the Problem

If there is a blockage or crack in your sewer line, then there might literally be a problem you have to sniff out. When you let a professional plumber help out, they can perform a thorough and advanced sewer line inspection for you. A snake camera – or a camera at the end of a long cable – is a popular tool among sewer line plumbing technicians. It can be fed down an extensive length of your sewer system, right to the main line controlled by the city, and spot problems like clogs and cracks. As a general rule, sewer line inspections are the smart starting point when you suspect something is wrong with your sewer system.

Hydro Jetting Blasts Through Tough Problems

One of the most effective ways to maintain and clean a clogged or blocked sewer line is hydro jetting. A long high-pressure hose is fed down a sewer line to the blockage, where it can blast it with a strong jet of water. In other words, your plumber will pressure wash the inside of your sewer line, just like you might pressure wash your deck or patio. The nozzle of a hydro jet hose is designed to be able to effectively disintegrate a clog at all points and at all sides without much adjusting of the hose, resulting in a highly efficient cleaning system.

Pipeline Repairs for Cracks, Leaks, Breaks & More

What are you supposed to do if the problem with your home’s sewer line is not a blockage but a breakage? When the pipe is damaged, it needs to be repaired. Otherwise, sewage will keep leaking from it, possibly damaging your foundation and yard, while also causing an awful stench around your property.

Trenchless repair services are now more common than they were just a few years ago. Using advanced plumbing technology and high-powered equipment, portions of a sewer line can be replaced without digging a trench through your property. Instead, only an opening and closing pit needs to be dug, where a specialized auger is fed through the pipe, replacing it as it goes.

Why You Need Sewer Cleaning

Additionally to causing backups in your home, dirty sewer lines are also more prone to leaks and breaks. The dirt and clogs can degrade your sewer pipes, leading to cracks, corrosion, and rust. All of these factors weaken your sewer system and drain lines.

Using the latest in sewer cleaning technology, our Torrance sewer cleaning experts use hydrojetting to clean inside, clogged, and root-infected pipes. 

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement - Why Go Trenchless?

While trenchless methods may seem to be more expensive up front, they will make a significant difference in the cost of your repairs or replacement. The city will not be required to make repairs to property owned by the city, such as sidewalks and main sewer lines, so you won't incur expenses related to rerouting traffic on the street in front of your house.

Remember: Your Sewer Line is Your Problem – Get It Fixed!

Many homeowners assume that the sewer line under their home is the city’s to repair, maintain, or replace because it is attached to the main sewer line. This is not the case. If the pipe is under your land, then it is your sewer line and your responsibility.

If you live in Torrance or the surrounding region, call (310) 879-5509 to connect with Good Guy Plumbing. With more than 100 5-star customer reviews and more than 25 years of industry experience, you can trust in our team to handle any and all sewer line issues your home or business may have.

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