Since Capitol Hill is one of Seattle’s most densely-populated neighborhoods, running into a plumbing sewer line issue could affect numerous nearby people, as well.

    For that reason, you’ll want to be aware of any sewer pipe problems that occur on your property and have them fixed as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of damage done. If you suspect a main sewer problem or overflow with the main line in King County, you can contact your local sewer utility agency.

    Hunt’s Services is standing by around the clock to handle your plumbing emergencies on Capitol Hill and throughout Seattle-Tacoma area. Our expert technicians know that your sewer line is an essential part of your home and will do everything in their power to get your system up and running again in no time at all.

    Give us a call at 253-533-7500, and we’ll send someone over to diagnose and repair your issue before it has the chance to get even worse.

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    How You Know It’s Time For a Sewer Repair on Capitol Hill

    There are some signs to look out for that signal that it’s time to have one of our plumbers look at your system. Here’s how you determine when it’s time to give us a call.

    Sewage Smell

    For starters, if you smell sewage, something is clearly wrong. This smell could be in your basement, bedroom, yard, or anywhere else that your sewer line runs. Once you smell sewer water anywhere on your property, there is a good chance that you have a significant problem.

    Sewage Pooling

    Another thing to keep an eye out for is a puddle of sewage somewhere in your yard. You’d probably smell it before you had the chance to see it, but just in case, keep an eye out for any strange pools of water around your lawn.

    Sewage in Fixtures

    Having sewer water back up into your residential plumbing fixtures is a sign that you have a broken or severely clogged pipe. In this case, the waste has nowhere to go and is coming back up your pipes and into your home, which can be a horrifying experience.

    Sewage in drains

    Slow Drains

    Slow drains don’t necessarily mean that you have a broken sewer line, but they might. If you notice that one pipe isn’t working suitably, try some other ones. When one drain is slow, the problem is likely isolated, and you might require a drain cleaning, but if all of your channels are slow, you’ll want to call Hunt’s Services.

    How Sewer Line Problems on Capitol Hill Start

    Sewer line breaks and cracks can start in countless ways, but here are a few common ones that we see in the area:

    Tree Roots

    Tree roots are often the culprit when a sewer line issue is present because they expand throughout the property towards water. Since there is water in your pipes, the roots are drawn to them, and will often wrap around your sewer line and break it, or at least cause a leak.

    Sagging Pipes

    Because it rains so much in Seattle, we frequently see sagging sewer line leads to breaks. A sagging pipe occurs when the soil underneath it can no longer support its weight. Wet earth is a leading cause of sagging pipes because the dirt gets oversaturated with moisture.

    Heavy rainfall affecting underground pipes

    Old Pipes

    Old pipes can break, rupture or crack, and this is a common problem found in older homes on Capitol Hill. Sewer lines can break when the soil shifts or when they simply get old and have worn out their lifespan. Seals and joints can also deteriorate over time, causing serious issues.

    Grease in Pipes

    A preventable, yet common, cause of sewer line issues is grease and debris in the pipes. It’s easy to throw fat, oil, coffee grounds, and other items into your sink, but all of these things accumulate in the sewer line, eventually leading to problems. Take the time to put these potential blockages in the garbage, and you’ll see fewer plumbing problems.

    Hunt’s Services Can Help

    At Hunt’s Services, we are standing by 24 hours per day, seven days a week to take your call. Our team of licensed and certified plumbing technicians will repair your broken sewer line, so you don’t have to worry about it for years to come.
    1. When we first arrive on the scene, we’ll inspect your line with cameras and other state-of-the-art leak detection instruments. That way, we can figure out the exact cause of the issue with as little disruption as possible.
    2. From there, we’ll determine out how to repair your Capitol Hill sewer line. The hope is that we can complete a trenchless repair, which involves inserting a bladder and some resin into your pipe and repairing it that way.
    3. If we do have to dig a hole in your lawn, we’ll do it in the least invasive manner possible when fixing your water leak.
    4. Finally, we’ll repair your pipe and get you back to using your plumbing fixtures like you did before the issues appeared in the first place.
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    Give Hunt’s Services a Call

    Contact Hunt’s Services at 253-533-7500 to handle all of your residential and commercial plumbing needs, including repairing your water heater and any other job around the house. We also deal with HVAC and electrical problems.

    You never want to go long without the use of your sewer system because it leaves you entirely without your plumbing service. Thanks to Hunt’s Services, you’ll never have to wait long for your emergency plumbing repairs on Capitol Hill.