What causes sewer line problems?
Sewer lines can experience several problems pending the surrounding area of the home including the age of the installation, the vegetation and natural circumstances.
Tree roots are always in search of water and can penetrate even the smallest cracks and seams in an otherwise intact sewer line. Once a root finds an opening, it will continue to grow, causing the hole to expand. Roots may eventually fill the entire pipe to the point that the flow of water is prevented, or the pipe may break apart and crumble.
Other common sewer line problems are:
- Shifting and separating due to settling soil
- Blockage caused by internal obstructions
- Wear and tear due to age
- Crushing from above (driving across a lawn or garden installation)
What are some signs that your line needs to be repaired?
- Repeated backups or slow draining of wastewater are two signs that a sewer line is in need of cleaning, repair, relining or replacement.
- Bubbling sounds from plumbing fixtures and drains are another warning sign.
- Yet another indication of possible trouble is simply the age of the lines. As piping ages, it becomes more prone to problems like crushing, penetration by tree roots and settling.
How can you prevent problems?
Regular maintenance is a way to prevent major sewer line issues down the road.
- Proactive with lawn maintenance. – You should know where your sewer lines are located, and remove all trees and other deep-rooted plants in the vicinity of the lines.
- Keep heavy equipment from driving directly over sewer lines to prevent crushing, and flush lines periodically by filling and draining a large sink or bathtub.
- Grease and items other than toilet paper should never be flushed down toilets or disposed in household drains.
- Regular maintenance performed by a professional plumber also helps keep sewer lines flowing smoothly.
Our team of skilled plumbers has the experience you need for both residential plumbing and commercial plumbing, sewer line maintenance and a variety of other plumbing services. Call now to get on a maintenance plan to avoid major damage down the road.