Most sewer backups happen because the sewer line is clogged by an obstruction. Backups can also be caused by several other reasons including the condition of the sanitary sewer system itself, earth movement, heavy rainfall and public misuse.
Solids & Debris Dirt, hair, bones, tampons, paper towels, kitty litter, diapers, baby wipes, garbage, concrete, and debris. - Oil/Grease - When fat, oil or grease is discharged into a sewer system they will solidify and, after a while, can build up and plug drain lines in your building or complex. They can also plug the sewer lines owned by the District, thus increasing the maintenance cost to the District. Plugged sewers can also cause flooding of nearby residential areas and businesses.
Tree and Plant Roots Roots can infiltrate the pipe system and block the wastewater flow.
Water inflow/infiltration Rainwater entering the public sewer line can cause system problems and overflows. During certain wet weather conditions, sanitary sewers can become overloaded with groundwater or storm water runoff which leads to sewage flooding basements and other low lying areas.
Structural Defects in Pipes and Manholes Sags, bellies in the line, cracks, holes, protruding laterals, misaligned pipe, offset and open joints and collapsing pipe material.
There are a few signs that may indicate a clog in your sewer line. The most common signs are water backing up out of a drain or toilet, water pooling around a floor drain, water draining slowly, a gurgling sound coming from drain, or the smell of raw sewage coming from drains.
Shut the water off at the source. If the clog is affecting all the lines, you'll want to shut off the main water line.
Get it repaired as soon as possible.
A sewer line clog could create a backup of raw sewage, which could then come out of your interior drains and lead to extensive damage to your home. Who Should I Call To Unblock My Sewer?
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This can be a tricky answer and many factors are involved in answering this question like what kind of pipe material is used on your home, are you in close proximity to trees and plants, and is your home 40 years old or older? If your home is over 40 years old you could have a pipe known as Orangeburg Pipe that has a very short shelf life, if you will. Orangeburg Pipe is made of wood pulp that was pressed together to form a pipe. The only problem is after time it was prone to busts and breaks. If you have an older colonial home you may be clay pipe. Clay Pipe was mostly used in the southern states dating back to colonial times, clay pipe also breaks and bows with age. Homes in the Washington D.C. area have been known to have wooden pipes.
There are a few different ways to tell what kind of sewer pipelining you have. Your town or city may have records of what kind of pipe was used when the home was built or your real estate representative may be able to provide you with those records as well. If those two avenues lead nowhere, you can have a professional plumber come out and check the pipe with a closed circuit camera to inspect what kind of pipe it is and the condition of it. Some indications may be able to tell age also.
There are trenchless options that you may want to consider. Trenchless technology is not a new thing but has been getting more exposure because of its lower cost and less mess and inconvenience for the homeowner. Trenchless Technology relines the existing pipe giving it 50 more years of life and in the long run saves you thousands of dollars. To find out more call 866-336-2568 and speak to a trenchless expert today!
Sewer and drain cleaning may not be at the top of your list as a homeowner, but, leaving your drainage and pipe lines in a bad shape will both cost you money and endanger your family. Failure to address any irritants in your pipe line will expose your home’s water supply to bacteria and germs. By not taking the simple step of performing regular drain and sewer maintenance, you are welcoming water-related diseases into your home.
Typically if a homeowner has a smaller or standard issue, the plumber will run a cable a.k.a. snake through the main lines of the home. A closed circuit camera is occasionally used when scouring pipes to give a more accurate view of what exists in the pipes. Roots are one of the most common issues in sewer lines. Depending on where you live, many homeowners need to have their lines snaked or derooted on average of once a year.
There are many things a homeowner can do to prevent major issues from happening in the sewer, such as an annual sewer line cleaning. Most importantly homeowners should watch what goes down the drain; solid objects, excessive food, oils, and hair are common causes of clogs.