Frequently Asked Questions

Is Breathing in sewage harmful?

Basement floor drain a common source of sewer gas. Hydrogen sulfide is dangerous even at low levels. Prolonged exposure to sewer gas can cause irritability, headaches, fatigue, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, loss of appetite, poor memory and dizziness....

Can sewage smell harm you?

Only under extremely unusual circumstances. Although hydrogen sulfide is a toxic gas, it will not harm people at the concentrations that exist in a house with sewer gas odor problems. Studies have shown that hydrogen sulfide has a depressant effect on the central...

Do I really need to replace my sewer line?

However, eventually, your sewer pipes will need replacement. Once the pipe material begins to corrode, a major sewer leak is possible, and it's important to replace the sewer line ASAP. This typically happens after about 50-70 years.

How do I know if my sewer line needs to be replaced?

There are some signs that can tell you when it is time to replace your sewer line. If you have gurgling noises in your toilet, have water that drains very slowly, have a sewer smell in or around your house or see patches of your lawn that seem to be moving or sinking,...

How often should I have my sewer line cleaned?

Typically, sewer lines should be cleaned on an as-needed basis. Drain cleaning services shouldn't be needed on a regular basis. If you find yourself needing these services frequently, ask a local plumber if there's an underlying problem with your sewer lines such as...

Does homeowners cover sewage backup?

Most homeowners and business insurance policies do not cover sewer backup unless specific coverage is added to the policy, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). ... Flood damage is not covered, either under a sewer backup policy or a standard...

How much does it cost to fix a broken sewer pipe?

The cost of excavating sewer pipes can range from $150 to $450 per foot, which includes the cost of digging up the line, repairing and replacing it. For example, a typical repair requiring about ten feet of pipe would result in a total cost between $1,500 and $4,500.

Is a broken sewer line dangerous?

Broken sewer pipes can release harmful bacteria into your home, such as E. coli, salmonella and pinworms, all of which cause major problems with the digestive tract. You could also become infected with cholera, amoebiasis, jaundice or hepatitis A from the bacterias...

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