From time to time, clogs happen in sewer lines, which run from houses to the city’s main sewer. At the very least, a clogged sewer line is inconvenient and a costly. At worst, they are messy, destructive, and incredibly expensive. What causes the clogs? What damage do the clogs cause? How can you prevent these clogs? Read on to find out.
Clogged Sewer Line Causes
Putting grease down the sink, and flushing things such as paper towels, tampons, and wipes down the toilet can contribute to a sewer clog. Grease can stick and slows drains, and non-flushable products stuff up sewer lines. However, the main culprit is often tree roots. Tree roots anchor the tree, seek out, and transport water and minerals from the soil. When roots meet up with sewer lines, they find small cracks and loose points in connections to invade. Once inside the lines, they continue to grow, creating clogs, expanding cracks and creating a backup of waste.
Clogged Sewer Line Damage
Once the sewer line clog forms, the damage can be significant, depending on how long the clog has been building up. When a clog forms, sewage backs up into your bathtub and sinks, causing a stinky and unsanitary mess. When severe, the sewer backup can also cause flooding. If the roots have grown extensively in the pipes, they will inevitably compromise the pipes and their connections. This may lead to a costly pipe replacement.
Clogged Sewer Line Prevention
There are a plenty of preventive measures you can take to reduce the risk of sewer line clogs. Never dump grease and fat down your drains. Instead, throw it out with the garbage. Additionally, avoid flushing materials down the toilet that are harmful to your pipes. Tampons, paper towels, cleaning wipes, and even many “flushable” wipes do not break down and can build up in pipes.
The most thorough preventive maintenance is regular inspection of your sewer lines by a sewer experts at Balkan Plumbing. Have a trained sewer professional come by and perform this diagnostic procedure with a specialized auger and camera. This allows us to see any problems or potential issues including invading roots, blockages, and sewer cracks. The more trees on your property, the more important this diagnostic is. A little prevention can save you substantial money and trouble in the future.
For more information about sewer repair prevention or sewer line clogs, contact Balkan Plumbing today.