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Common Reasons for Sewer Line Repair

Some of the most troublesome news a homeowner can hear from a plumber is that the sewer line is in need of repair. Unfortunately, this is something that can happen in nearly any home, especially one with older pipes. Make sure you get regular maintenance and drain cleaning so that an unexpected sewage leak or backup does not catch you off guard. When you do run into trouble with your sewer line in Bethesda, our experts can help you out with professional sewer line services. Here are some of the most common reasons we’re called in for sewer line repair.


A drain clog may only seem like an inconvenience, slowing the drainage in one or more sinks or showers. But as the problem worsens, sewage can actually back up into your home. Schedule drain cleaning regularly and at the first sign of slow drains if you’d like to prevent such issues from happening to you.

Tree Roots

One of the most surprising reasons for a burst sewer line is tree roots. Roots grow towards a source of water and the sewer line makes an ideal target. Roots can wrap around the pipe and eventually pierce right through. This could lead to leaking or a drainage backup. You need professionals with special equipment to properly determine whether a tree root has infiltrated your drains and what should be done to resolve the issue.

Outdated Pipes

There may come a time when your pipes are simply over the hill. After a certain age, pipes are subject to corrosion, particularly galvanized steel pipes. Galvanized steel pipes were the norm before the 1970s, as the zinc coating was meant to protect the steel from rust and, ultimately, corrosion. Unfortunately, this zinc layer could wear away, leading to corrosion (leaking) anyway. If your pipes have corroded, sewer line replacement is often the only option.

Sewer line repair and replacement does not have to be such a hassle when you enlist the help of our professionals. Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing will walk you through the process. We’re committed to getting the job done with quality customer service, so call us when you are in need of a plumber in Bethesda.