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Carlsbad Drain Replacement 

When Should a Drain Line Be Replaced?

Drains are a critical component of plumbing that we often take for granted, until they stop working. Stating the obvious, drains take the used, dirty water away from the home, and when they don’t work properly, we end up with standing pools of soiled water, filled with food particles, chemicals, dirt, debris, or waste.

Whether these nasty puddles are in your sink, tub, toilet, or floor drain, they’ll attract bacteria and vermin, cause foul odors, and hinder your full use of the drains and faucets in your home.

In some cases, these drain back-ups will be due to a momentary clog, and once that clog is cleared, things will flow as they should. But more serious problems may need to be addressed through a full replacement of the drain system itself.

Why Do I Have A Slow Drain?

A slow drain is one of the first symptoms of a faulty drain line that homeowners will notice. A good plumber, like the team at John Stevenson, can use their expertise and specialized equipment to diagnose the cause of a backup or slow drain and get your pipes back to working order. The causes are varied, but common ones include: 

Pipe Rupture or Breakage

For a variety of reasons, older or poorly installed pipes can break open, spilling their contents and becoming obstructed with debris in the process. Instead of continuing down the drain line, liquids stop at the breakpoint, flooding the pipe and making for a less efficient flow, causing a backup at the drain.

Partial Clog Attracting More Debris

Small pieces of debris can stick to the inside of a pipe. Gradually, these pieces of debris will snowball until the walls of the pipe are coated in sludge, which can harden and obstruct the pipe.

Tree Root Intrusion

Though they grow and move slowly, tree roots can pack a punch to pipes — either by pushing on a pipe over time, causing a break, or even finding their way inside the pipe and causing an obstruction. Root intrusion is one of the main reasons why drain lines in San Diego need replacement, along with aging infrastructure.

Shift in the Ground Around the Pipes

Whether through erosion, seismic activity, or some other means, the earth surrounding a pipe can move and shift, taking the pipe with it and breaking the drain line’s comparatively rigid shape.

If your drain line has been compromised, John Stevenson Plumbing can assist you in a full drain line replacement in the San Diego area. Our team can perform drain line replacements in a variety of conditions — including underground and under crawl spaces. We use a full arsenal of modern methods such as trenchless sewer lining or relining and pipe bursting techniques.

Call John Stevenson Plumbing today to learn more about how we can assist your home or business with expert plumbing services in San Diego, CA.

Signs That Your Drain Line Needs Replacement

Slow Drains

It may be tempting to think that a slow drain merely has a partial clog that will work itself out. But if the problem persists, it could be a symptom of a bigger issue, usually speaking to some kind of damage to the pipes.

Puddles of Water

Standing water in a place where it doesn’t belong should not be ignored. If you notice puddles or moisture anywhere in your home that you wouldn’t expect, or unexplained pools of water in your yard, you may have a damaged pipe.

Bad Smells

A foul odor is a telltale sign of something gone wrong. An unexpected bad smell, either in the house or around it, will point to moisture and waste in places they don’t belong. You might even notice an unpleasant smell coming from the drain itself.

Unusually Lush Areas in the Yard

If you notice that a particular patch of grass or other plant in your yard is suddenly looking much healthier and greener than surrounding vegetation, there may be a leak in a drain pipe or sewage line. These lucky plants are benefiting from the many fertilizing nutrients coming from your drain line.


More-than-average levels of insects, followed by their predators (i.e., rodents and other vermin) can be a sign of major drain problems. Sewage and still water are particularly alluring to bugs, and once they settle in, mice and rats won’t be far behind.

Constant Drain Problems

Are you still seeing slow drainage or backed up drains after constant repairs or maintenance? This could be a sign of a larger issue with your drain than just the symptoms addressed by previous repairs.

If you’re seeing one or more of the symptoms above in your home, contact our team to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's a Pre-Installation Evaluation? Does My New A/C Need One?
    In short, yes. A first step is conducting an energy audit to determine the energy load for your home. Calculating the load tells the experts at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air how much heat your house gains throughout the day & what size air conditioner will work best to keep it cool. This is critical as most A/C installation issues stem from an improperly-sized air conditioning unit.
  • Is Your Home's Ductwork & Design Able to Handle a New A/C System?
    Often your old, existing ducts can’t handle the airflow of a newly installed air conditioner. Any upgrades to accommodate a new system will likely increase the cost to install an A/C unit, but will ultimately help you avoid costly, high energy bills & hot rooms in the future.
  • What Type of Central A/C Unit Should I Install?
    Here’s where the load calculation comes into play, as you want to pick the right size A/C unit to install – either too big or too small of an A/C unit can lead to costly repair or replacement down the road. Call the HVAC professionals at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air, they’ll know which A/C unit is perfect to install in your home at the lowest price.
  • How Much Does it Cost To Get My Air Conditioning Unit Installed?
    The price of replacing your air conditioning unit depends a lot on the size of the unit you need to fit the size of your house. But no matter what unit you pick out for your home, ask an expert at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air for fast answers & reliable service. Trained technicians can come to your house to give you an upfront, transparent installation report, as well as consult you on what unit your home will need.
  • Why Would My Air Conditioner Stop Working?
    Breakdown of your home A/C unit can stem from many different things, from an electrical issue to the compressor being misaligned or broken. Luckily for you, the team at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air is trained in diagnosing the problem and presenting you with a competitive price to fix or replace and install your new A/C unit.
  • Who Can Replace my A/C Unit?
    Our technicians at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air can replace your air conditioning unit. An A/C unit is something that will be a part of your house for many years, and it is important that it is installed correctly to keep your energy costs low and your unit working at top performance. Our team at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air has top-quality, highly-trained technicians that will come to your house to help you to make an informed decision on which unit to buy. Then, we can properly install your air conditioning unit.

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