Things That May Be Wrong If Your Sewer Keeps Backing Up
- drain cleaning
- Sewer Replacement
If your sewer keeps backing up you already know you have a problem. It’s just a matter of how big of a problem you have. Sewage backing up into your home or onto your property is a worrying and disgusting headache for any home owner. There’s plenty of things you may have to fix with your plumbing if its backing up regularly. Sewers are fairly complex systems that the average homeowner doesn’t pay much mind to, but they play an important role keeping our lives sanitary and healthy. Wastewater contains pathogens and various other disease-causing microorganisms.
Clogs are the easiest sewage problem to solve, since they’re the only ones the homeowner has any real sense of control over. Flushing plumbing inappropriate materials ends with them getting stuck up in the pipes and blocking the wastewater, causing it to backup through the pipes. When your toilet won’t flush or your sink drains slowly, it can be easy to mistake it for an issue with that plumbing fixture alone. And backups are a common symptom of a common plumbing clog. What separates them is that a sewer clog occurs further down in the plumbing; most commonly the lateral or the mainline, which connect your home’s pipes to the municipal sewers.
A number of things cause these types of sewer clogs including, but not limited to:
- Pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOGs) down the kitchen sink
- Baby wipes
- Solid waste deposits
- Hair deposits
- Soap scum
- Tree roots
Being so far out of sight, it’s hard to tell exactly when a pipe somewhere along the line breaks down. When this happens, however, you can probably be able to guess when it happens based on the amount of sewage backing up through your toilet and up into your yard. Pipes normally don’t collapse on their own; their typically made to last longer than most of us will be around. However, tree root intrusions are liable to grow outward and damage roots. When roots grow, they seek out water and are naturally attracted to the water within the pipes. A collapsed pipe is a serious problem that requires a full pipe replacement to fix.
Unless you’re on a septic system, your sewer line connects to the municipal sewer system. The main line in your home that connects to the city’s sewer system, from which point it goes to the treatment plant for cleaning and processing. Most local municipalities by law do a very thorough cleaning and service of their sewer systems but occasionally things do take unexpected turns for the worst. In the event your sewer backup is related to the municipal system, there’s not a ton you can do as a homeowner short of calling the city and urging them to act on the problem.
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