Sewer Line Damage

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A sewer line is the main pipe that carries sewage out of your house for transport to treatment or disposal.  If this line becomes clogged or damaged, it can result in raw sewage backing up out of the drains and into your home.  This is not only unsanitary, but can lead to significant damage to your property.

There are a variety of situations which can cause your sewer pipes to develop cracks.  While many are outside of your control, you should nonetheless be aware of them.  These include frequent ground freezes and thaws, tree root intrusion, your house and the ground around it settling over time, a backup from a city controlled sewer line, or the unavoidable aging of your house’s pipes.  One cause of sewer line cracks that is within your control is digging in the wrong place.  (To avoid this, call Georgia 811 before doing any digging in your yard.)  Another is lack of maintenance to the pipes on your part.  That includes letting food, grease, hair, and other items go down your drains and into your pipes. This causes buildup in the pipes that makes it more difficult for water to pass through, and the increased pressure will eventually lead to cracks. [Read more…]

Signs Your Pipes May Need Replacement

Drainlayer Worker Pipes RetroThe pipes in your home are used constantly on a daily basis.  However, as they are largely out of your view, they are usually not an item you think too much about until a plumbing issue occurs.  While many plumbing issues can be resolved with repairs, there are times when you may need to consider replacing the piping altogether.

First, if your residence was built prior to 1986, the possibility exists that your pipes could cause lead poisoning.  This is a very serious matter, as lead poisoning can result in impeded development in children, and high blood pressure and kidney damage in adults.  If you live in an older home, contact a licensed plumbing professional as soon as possible to have your pipes inspected for lead. [Read more…]

How Long Does a Bathroom Repipe Take?

Repiping Your Bathroom


RepipingBathroom repiping can take a variety of time depending on multiple factors. No two homes are identical and the piping of each home can be in a wide variety of different locations. Additionally, the age of your home and the piping will play a vital role in determining the length of time it takes to finish repiping.

Bathrooms that have easy access are going to be the ones with the quickest repair time. Both mobile homes and single story homes are usually built with this type of bathroom. Access to the pipes is generally all done through the bathroom and under the home, which can take as little as 30 minutes. Most piping in easy access bathrooms will not require the plumber to go under the home.

In the event of a plumber having to access pipes under the home, additional time should be factored in. There are many conditions a plumber may be faced with and access to under the home pipes may be difficult. It’s best to know whether your home has basement access, a crawl space or around the home skirting. All three types are relatively simple to access but basement access is the most convenient.

Pipes that are in poor condition may be difficult to work with and added time is necessary to additionally prep the older pipes. If your home has not had previous plumbing issues and is over 10 years old, count on additional time for the plumber to replace the old piping. Older homes may use a number of different pipes and the time it takes to replace them can vary widely.

When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, the process of repiping can take a significant amount of time. Most contract jobs will require a period of time to perform the teardown of the old pipes and another period of time to install new piping. The total time required to complete the replacement of piping during the remodeling of a bathroom is greatly dependent on how large scale the remodel is.

The time it takes for a bathroom repiping depends on many factors. The size of the bathroom and location of the piping will determine how long it takes for replacement.

Is your bathroom in need of a full repipe? Call Pell Plumbing today at (770) 499-2006 for the best services in Marietta! 

How do I know if my home needs to be repiped?

Signs Your Home Needs To Be Repiped


RepipeThe pipes that make up the plumbing system of a home will eventually get old and wear out. Luckily, your pipes will give you a lot of warning signs before they completely fail. This allows you to go ahead and repipe before disaster occurs. Replacing old sections of pipe or your entire system with new materials can save you a lot of headaches and help you to avoid the frequent repairs also associated with old plumbing. So how can you tell when your plumbing pipes are reaching the end of their lifetime?

Water Pressure: Decreasing water pressure is a big indicator that your home needs to be repiped. This is caused by a build up of corrosion in old pipes. The corrosion will continue to accumulate until the pipe is completely stopped up if you do not address it. This will affect your water pressure more and more until it is little more than a trickle, even at the highest setting.

Slow Drains: Along the same lines as decreased water pressure, slow drains can be the result of corrosion build up. Your first thought may be that you have a clog, but if you know that your piping is older then corrosion is a likely cause. Snaking and drain cleaners will not fix corrosion. The piping needs to be replaced.

Strange Noises: Sputtering noises when you turn on your shower or sink indicate that you have air in your water line. Air gets into the pipes as they degrade with age. You may also hear clunking or banging noises when water runs down drains or even when you flush the toilet. Pay attention to the sounds that occur when you use water.

Water Quality: Your water should run clear the moment you turn on your tap. Older piping materials will begin to rust and that rust will sometimes appear in your water when you first turn on your faucets. Even if the sediment isn’t visible it can leave reddish stains in your sinks, toilet and shower. Water contamination can also occur if the pipes have become porous. It will cause your water to taste unpleasant as well.

Do you need to repipe your Marietta home? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call immediately!