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What You Should Know About Sewer Line Cleaning

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Your sewer line is a necessary part of your plumbing system since it takes your home's wastewater and carries it to the main sewer system. It's probably something that you don't think about often until it ends up with a clog. If your sewer line is blocked, you'll require professional sewer cleaning as soon as possible. This is not a plumbing issue that you can tackle on your own. Here are three things that you should know about sewer cleaning.

The Signs You Need It

Knowing the difference between a typical household plumbing clog and a sewer line clog is essential. There are a few signs that can indicate that it's your sewer line causing the backup. An indicator to watch for includes slow drains throughout your home, not just in one general location. If multiple fixtures are impacted, your sewer line is likely to blame. Foul odors emanating from your home's drains are also signs that it's the sewer line that needs cleaning. Another indicator is having water backing up into your shower or bathtub when you flush your toilet. If you notice any of these issues, call a plumber as soon as possible. 

There Are A Couple Of Options

Another thing to know about sewer line cleaning is that you have a couple of options to choose from when it comes to cleaning. The two methods for cleaning a clogged sewer line are snaking and hydro jetting. Which option works best will depend on a few things. The size of the clog will have an impact on which option is necessary. Snaking is excellent for smaller clogs, while hydro jetting is the best for deep or large clogs. The type of sewer line you have will impact which option works best. In some cases, a sewer line cannot handle the force of hydro jetting, and snaking is the only option.

How Much It Will Cost

The cost of sewer line cleaning is another thing to keep in mind. While sewer cleaning will set you back a few hundred dollars, it's still less expensive than replacing the line. On average, you'll pay $100 to $250 for snaking and $350 to $600 for hydro jetting. Many plumbers will also send a camera down your sewer line to check for damage. This will help you determine whether replacement is necessary.

When it comes to cleaning your home's sewer line, there are a few things to know. First, knowing the difference between a sewer line clog and other clogs is essential. Cleaning your sewer line will typically involve either hydro jetting or snaking. Costs will vary, but snaking is less expensive than hydro jetting. 

For more information, contact a local sewer cleaning service.