Dirty Water Coming Out Of Plumbing Fixtures: The Cause & Solution

Did dirty water come up through all of the drains in your home? The problem you are dealing with likely stems from the main sewer line needing an inspection and repair by a plumber. In this article, discover why there is water rising up out of the drains of your plumbing fixtures and how a plumber can fix the problem for you.

What Can Cause Dirty Water to Come Through Drains?

When dirty water only rises out of a single drain, it is a sign that the specific plumbing fixture is in need of a repair. For instance, if water only comes out of the bathroom sink, you may simply need to unclog the pipe. It is possible that hair or other debris is trapped in the pipe and causing water to backup. The problem can usually be fixed by simply placing a plumbing snake in the pipe to clean it out.

However, dirty water rising through all of the drains in your house means that the problem is more serious. It is possible that the main sewer line is backed up or may have even busted open. A plumber can send a special camera through the sewer line to see if a repair or replacement is necessary. A repair should only require the plumber using a pump to unclog the sewer line. If you have a damaged sewer line that cannot be repaired, a portion of your landscape will have to be excavated so a new pipe can be installed.

What is the Average Cost of a Sewer Line Replacement?

The price for a sewer line replacement will depend on the complexity of the job and how big of a trench has to be dug. You will be charged based on the square footage of the trench, which can average up to $250 plus per foot. You can expect to pay an overall price of $3,000 to $25,000 for a new sewer line to be installed by a plumber. There is also a trenchless sewer line replacement method that only requires a small amount of digging, which can also average up to $25,000.

Dirty water sitting in plumbing fixtures can become a health hazard if you don't get the problem fixed fast enough. You should consider the situation an emergency. Get in touch with a plumber, like those at Orange Coast Plumbing, so your plumbing system can be inspected to determine if the sewer line should be replaced!