Sewer Line Repair or Replacement

Ryan Plumbing & Heating provides the Twin Cities and Metro area with sewer line repair and replacement service. If your drains are repeatedly clogging or backing up, your sewer line may need clearing, repair or replacement. We can answer any questions you may have or provide a free estimate. Give us a call today!
Saint Paul: 651-224-4771
Minneapolis: 612-927-6488

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Signs you might need sewer Line repair or replacement

These sewer problem warning signs are often a good indication your sewer line may need sewer line repair or replacement.

  • Water backing up in your toilet or sink
  • Slow drains
  • Gurgling sounds in drains
  • Foul sewage odors
  • Pools of water in the yard
  • Foundation problems

Causes of Sewer Line Damage

Being aware of these causes of sewer line damage can help you understand if something may have contributed to a serious problem and help prevent damage in the future.

  • Broken or damaged pipe
  • Tree roots
  • Extremes in temperature (especially when there’s a hard freeze)
  • Flushing products (hygiene products, toys, food, diaper wipes, including ones that say flushable)
  • Grease and oils poured down the kitchen sink
  • Corroded old cast-iron pipes (used in houses built before the 1960s)

What to Do If Your Sewer Line Is Backed Up

If you suspect your clogged toilet is a more severe problem, call Ryan Plumbing and Heating to inspect the line. Depending on the cause of your sewer line clog, we may only have to clean out the line. We don’t always have to replace the sewer line, but if it’s needed, we can provide a free estimate. 

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How to avoid sewer line repair or replacement

Whenever you run water in the sink, turn on the washing machine or flush the toilet, that water goes through the sewer line out of your house and into the city sewer or a septic tank. If it gets clogged, all of your drains and toilets can back up.

Keep garbage out of the drain

The best way to avoid sewer line clogs is to be careful of what goes through it. Avoid putting any grease, oil, coffee grounds, eggshells, vegetable peels, or fat down your kitchen drain.

In bathrooms, avoid flushing items like diapers, feminine hygiene products, wipes (even those marked flushable), or paper towels down your toilets. Install drain screens to prevent hair from slipping down the drains and clogging up the pipes.

All these items can create a clogged sewer line if they get snagged in the pipes. If the clog gets bad enough, you might have to repair or replace the line.

Go easy on the garbage disposal

The garbage disposal isn’t designed to grind up lots of food waste. Putting large amounts of vegetable peels, pasta and other thick and fibrous items down the drain can easily start a clog. Instead, scrape food waste off plates and just use the disposal for rinsing and cleaning.

Consider using an enzyme cleaner

Put an enzyme cleaner down the line monthly to help break things up and keep the water flowing. Enzymes are biodegradable and eat away at clogs. It won’t corrode your pipes like other types of cleaners might. Plus, liquid drain cleaners can be toxic, hazardous to breathe, and often don’t even clear the clog from the pipes.

Enzyme cleaners are available in the plumbing aisle of discount or hardware stores. Mix the enzyme powder with hot water and let it go down the drain. The enzymes will eat away at any organic material, like fats, oils, grease, vegetable peels, and coffee grounds.