What’s Causing Damage to Your Sewer Line? | Insights from Your Trusted Richmond, VA Plumbing Service Provider

What’s Causing Damage to Your Sewer Line? | Insights from Your Trusted Richmond, VA Plumbing Service Provider

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Sewer line problems are the worst. They can completely stop your home or business from functioning. In such situations, the only logical course of action is to call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA, to provide experienced plumbing service. We routinely tackle damaged sewer lines so that water flows freely again. Sometimes our plumbers are able to achieve a quick fix in under an hour. Sometimes the repair requires some digging in order to replace part of the damaged line. Whatever the case may be, you can rely on our professionals to accurately diagnose the problem and provide the ideal fix. 

bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA, is a licensed and insured plumbing service. Our plumbers are certified and experienced at troubleshooting and repairing all types of plumbing problems. We have the skills needed to assess your sewer line issue and provide the ideal repairs. 

Why Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain for Sewer Line Plumbing Service?

Many of our customers have little fear when it comes to DIY solutions, but when it comes to plumbing and sewer line repairs, we think it’s best to call in the professionals. If sewage is backing into your home, it’s dangerous because the material can contain toxic pathogens. Our plumbers have the necessary protective gear and know-how to navigate these repair situations safely. Plus, do-it-yourselfers can inadvertently cause damage to their pipes. Our plumbing service is affordably priced, and we’re always happy to provide an upfront quote for our work.

In addition, it makes sense to call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain to tackle a sewer line repair because we have all the necessary equipment to handle the job. We typically perform camera inspection so we know exactly what’s happening in the line, which takes our guesswork. We’ll be able to quickly determine if part of the plumbing system has collapsed and needs replacing and what tools may be required to clear the line, especially in the case of tree roots. 

Speaking of Tree Roots…

When considering what may be causing damage to a sewer line, we usually pin trees as the primary culprits. Tree root systems are incredibly extensive. The roots will search far and wide underground for water. They seem to have an uncanny ability to sense water flowing through sewer lines–and they don’t seem to mind about the water’s quality. Where sewer line sections are attached, there are seams. These seams are subject to leaks and also subject to the prying forces of tree roots. Once roots invade the line, they keep coming and growing. At first, you may note that your drains are slower than usual. Then, they may stop altogether because the sewer line has become completely blocked by the tree roots. Our technicians confront tree roots often.

If tree roots have caused your sewer line to become blocked, we can clear them with a cutter that’s fished down the line. Our machine cuts the roots, and then they are washed away into the larger sewer system. However, that’s only a temporary fix. Because of the cracks in the seam, the roots will come back. Many people simply call our plumbing service to clean out their sewer line annually. Others request a more permanent fix, such as lining the pipe’s interior.

There are cases where tree roots cause a section of the sewer line to collapse. This type of damage may necessitate an extensive repair. We may need to dig up part of your yard to replace the damaged pipe. After troubleshooting your problem, our pros will be able to recommend the right fix for the job. 


Tree roots may be the main obstruction we find in sewer lines, but not the only ones. Toys that formerly belonged to toddlers sometimes wind up clogging the sewer line. Other obstructions like paper towels, and sanitary napkins, can lead to a major sewer line backup. Our plumbers will arrive equipped with the tools needed to remove these line-clogging items. It’s best to let our team tackle the job, or you could wind up pushing the object further down the line where it’s more difficult to remove. 


Pests like rodents have been known to get into Richmond, VA, sewer lines. While less common than tree roots, rodents can do damage to sewer lines, necessitating the need for repair or replacement. If you’re noticing an unpleasant odor or water-logged areas on your property even though it hasn’t rained, you should contact our plumbing service to inspect the situation. Rodents will chew on anything or even attempt to squeeze through tight spaces. We’ve even uncovered rodent nests causing sewer line clogs. 

Wear and Tear

While plumbing systems are designed for routine use, wear and tear will eventually take a toll on even the most robust sewer lines. An older system may need to be replaced, especially if repair calls begin to pile up. Our plumbing service contractors can advise you about the necessity for replacement when it gets to that point. By preparing for this eventuality, it won’t take you by surprise when it’s finally time to replace your old system. 

bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA, provides a complete lineup of plumbing service solutions for residential and commercial customers. If you have a plumbing emergency like a clogged sewer line or sewage backup in your home, you should call us right away. We have all the necessary tools and equipment to tackle sewer line repairs efficiently. Our plumbing service also has a reputation for charging fair, affordable rates. Don’t wait to contact us if you suspect a sewer line problem. Call us to schedule a service call right away.

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