The drains, pipes, fixtures and all the plumbing in your home are connected to the biggest piece of plumbing in the whole property and it is the main sewer line.
The main sewer line problems are huge, and if the pipes, fixtures, and drains are used in an improper manner then your sewer line is going to give you a lot of a trouble. Some outside factors are also responsible for sewer line clogs and different other sewer issues. Clogging can cause sewer line to collapse to an extreme level and it may need serious repair or replacement.
Who wants the pain to deal with sewer replacement or repair? If you know some necessary warning signs and ways to prevent this, it can help you in the long run. You must know what causes a sewer line to clog and the steps that you can take in such an unfortunate situation. A clog can be frustrating, but it can also be easy to fix if you take care of a few things.
Let’s check how you can avoid sewer line problems in time:
If all the drains in your home are backing up at once, then it may be a sewer line clog. The primary indicators for sewer repair or replacement are:
- Severe pipe damage: Broken or ruptured sewer pipes are not able to drain through the system properly. Some common causes of sewer pipe damage are shifting of soil and settling. It results in rupture and increases traffic on the ground. Use of heavy construction equipment also leads to old pipe corrosion. It even breaks the pipe. The joints may leak and break the seal between the sections of pipe that allows the sewage and water to escape.
- Sagging sewer line: Sagging sewer lines happens over time and it begins when the section of the pipe sinks because of the soil or ground conditions. The lower spot in line starts to collect waste and paper which can cause repeat blockages.
Tree root infiltration: The old sewer lines were constructed with the help of porous materials and clay. These were not strong like the new PVC pipe connections. So, when the shrub roots and tree grow, they search for water sources and in case they latch to a sewer pipe, they grow into the pipe to reach the inside water. With time the roots expand and it leads to the breakage of line.
- Flushing debris in the toilet: Apart from human waste if the debris is also flushed in the toilet then it causes sewer drain problems.
Pouring oil and grease down the drain: people think throwing oil and grease followed by hot water will not cause drainage, but it is not right. Once the grease or oil cools down it becomes solid in nature and sticks to the pipes, hence causing blockages.
What can you to avoid these issues or handle them properly?
Some drain cleaning and maintenance work can be performed by the homeowner, but for some, you need the help of a professional. A professional knows all the sewer line repair methods that can be performed safely. You can also do the following:
- Testing the line: If you suspect any damage then testing the sewer line is the best idea. It is an easy task as well. Take a rubber plug and plug the exterior sewer line. The plug should be of the right size. Find the right toilet in relation to the sewer line and then remove the toilet. Get the water hose where your toilet used to be and fill the sewer line with a water hose. The time it takes to fill the sewer line depends on the system complexity and size. On an average, it should take ten minutes or less. At this time there should be someone to look at the plug to find out any leakage. Now, check the time your sewer line takes to hold the water. If the sewer line takes ten to twenty minutes to hold the water then the sewer line is fine and if it is not able to hold the water, you need the help of a professional sewer repair service company professional immediately.
Get a video sewer inspection done: An in-line video inspection camera will allow the professional to check where is the problem and it will be beneficial to know the root cause of the sewer problem. It will also result in less expensive repairs because the images are reviewed by professionals and a radio transmitter on the camera helps to check the physical location of the line and the depth from the surface. This will allow the professional to take care of necessary repairs and plan the implementation of these repairs systematically.