A “belly” in your line can also be described as a sagging line. The pipe has gone from straight to having a dip or sag, where water and solids stay in the bend and can’t travel to the sewer main. This is a common occurrence here in north Texas where our soil is known for shifting. Sagging lines can be caused by shifts in the soil, rain, irrigation leaks, improper drainage around the house, sewer leaks, and water leaks.
One symptom of a “belly” is a flushing toilet or draining washing machine, backs up into the house, often a bathtub. You may initially think you have a clogged drain and unstopping it may work for a while. However, depending on the size of the belly, you will continue to have problems until a repair is made.
When you call a plumbing professional to unstop a toilet, it is a good idea to ask him/her to also run a camera through your line to determine the cause of the stoppage. This is especially true if you have recurring problems with sewer back-ups.
Repairs for a “belly” can take several hours. Your plumbing professional will locate the sagging line by using a camera and locating equipment, then marking the area to be uncovered. The general steps to make the repair include: accessing the line, either by removing concrete, or tunneling under the house. Then removing the sagging line and replacing it with new pipe, properly placing hangers on the new pipe to stabilize the pipe in the soil, testing the new sewer line, recovering the floor in the house or refilling the tunnel with the removed dirt.
Making plumbing repairs underneath the soil can be frustrating to a homeowner. When we spend our hard-earned money to make improvements to our home, we want to see the end result. Some plumbing repairs are not seen, but are necessary not only for the health of your family and for our water source, but also for maintenance of your most precious and expensive investment, your home.
The worst thing that could happen to you this winter could be a plumbing nightmare. Frozen busted water lines in Richardson Texas. I have been in some houses that have suffered this problem and it isn’t a pretty site. What happens is when the water isn’t moving and the temperature gets low enough, the water will freeze. When water does freezes in a pipe it expands and can create pressure over 2,000 pounds per square inch. Normal water pressure is under 100 pounds per square inch. At 2,000 pounds it is enough pressure to rupture any pipe that is filled with water and has no place for the ice to expand to. When the water line bursts it can spill hundreds of gallons of water an hour. That equates to thousands of dollars in damage to your home. This is completely unnecessary when you know how easy it is to prevent a water pipe from freezing.
First, if you have lines on an exterior wall that are under a cabinet, open the cabinet doors. This lets the warmer air in and closer to the water lines and lessens the chance of frozen water lines and the necessary plumbing repairs. Second, let the water drip – This will help avoid Frozen Water Line in Richardson Texas. I know that we are in a drought and I never recommend wasting water, but this is a very slow drip and could save you thousands in repairs. I let both hot and cold drip. This will also avoid plumbing repairs.
Some other things that you can do to avoid frozen water lines in Richardson Texas and plumbing repairs would be to seal up cracks and holes outside that might let the cold in. Adding wall insulation or actual pipe insulation could add an extra layer of protection that keep the lines from freezing. Last applying electrical heating tape to lines that are easily accessible can be good. There are two types of heat tape, thermostatically controlled and the kind that you just plug in to get it hot. Be careful with these, like a space heater they can be very dangerous.
Don’t get me wrong. I want you to call Texas Green Plumbing for all your Richardson Plumbing Repairs. I just don’t want you to call me for repairs that could have been avoided by following a few simple steps.