When you wake up in the middle of the night to find a sludgy mess in your backyard or standing water in your basement, the first instinct is to panic. Something is likely wrong with your drainage and sewer system and that means not only inconvenience and potentially having to leave your home, but a big time repair bill.
But, even the most extreme looking problems might be simple to solve. That’s why you should call Boulden Brothers. We have provided expert drainage and sewer repair services to the greater Wilmington area for years, pinpointing problems and fixing them any time of the day, any day of the week. Give us a call and let us get the root of the problem.
Symptoms of Drainage & Sewer Problems
Before you make any assumptions, it is good to know what problems your sewer line might have. What symptoms should you look for and what might they mean? To start with, a sewer line backup is usually caused by a clog. Most of the time, however, you will not notice standing water in your basement.
In fact, most clogged sewer lines do not present clear symptoms for weeks, until the clog has become so bad that drains actually stop functioning properly. However, if you notice all of the drains in your home simultaneously experiencing a slowdown, it is not something a plunger or auger can fix – you may have a sewer line problem.
Another issue to watch for is suddenly soggy or squishy ground in your backyard, especially if it is not raining and you do not have an irrigation system. This is a sure sign that your sewer line is leaking and pouring water into the surrounding ground soil.
Sewer problems rarely, if ever, result in bad odors in your home. But if it happens, either as an acute smell in one location or as a general odor throughout your home, you may have a problem in one of your drains. Drains are designed to stop sewer gasses from returning to your home through the use of traps and air vacuums. Severe clogs and leaks can negate this precaution and put your family at risk. If you notice a foul odor, call us immediately for emergency drain service.
Making the Call
Whether you notice your sewer line leaking slightly or suspect that a blockage is starting to form, don’t wait to call. Your sewer line is incredibly important for keeping your entire plumbing system running smoothly day after day. If a repair is needed, every second counts. If your sewer line gets to the point of needing replacement or large-scale repairs, it can mean days or weeks of being displaced from your home as the work is done. Small repairs and routine maintenance are not only less expensive, but they are also much less intrusive to you and your family’s life.
Boulden has helped Wilmington area homeowners pinpoint and solve their sewer and drainage and sewer problems for many years. Our trained service staff is available any time of the day, any day of the week, so if you suspect that your sewer system has stopped working properly or you know for a fact that there is a problem, call us today. The last thing you want is to let your sewer system go into full disrepair.
Restoration, Cleanup and Possible Related Project Costs
Each project is unique in its circumstances. If your yard, garden or driveway needs to be dismantled to repair your sewer main, then a large part of your repair may involve replacing and rebuilding the parts of your home damaged in the process.
Water and sewage flooding into the basement can cause a biological hazard for your family. Check with your homeowner’s insurance policy coverage. Undetected exposure to sewage gas and waste byproducts may cause unintentional hand-to-mouth ingestion of disease-causing organisms. Repeated inhalation of sewage gas often triggers respiratory system and eye irritation, nausea, dizziness. Extreme cases of methane exposure can be fatal.
Sewer main projects often cause ground holes, bare spots, and widespread lawn compaction, which limits aeration of the soil. This is in addition to the ground displaced for the actual pipe removal. Replacing landscaping includes putting in additional topsoil, reseeding and flower beds or bushes.
If you are building a new home from the ground up, you may want to ask ahead of time where the sewer main is located. If it needs repair in the future, you could opt to relocate cement driveways or expensive landscaping to other areas.
Finally, if you need to replace your sewer line, then you will most likely need to get a permit from your city. Although it increases the cost, this ensures that everything is up to code. There are only a few situations where the section that needs repair or replacement is actually on the city’s property rather than your own, like in the street. In this case, the city would be responsible for the repair and not you. You should always check with your Boulden Brothers technician to see about the permits and whether they or you should obtain them.
Schedule an Appointment
If you prefer to speak with someone, or this is an emergency, give us a call: (302) 368-3848