3 Important Things To Know About Sewer Line Clogs

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When one of your plumbing fixtures is clogged, it is usually easy to determine where the problem is, but when all your drains are clogged, it is a different story. When every drain in your home is backed up or running slowly, you most likely have a clog in your main sewer line. Fixing this can be a little more difficult, simply because you must figure out where the clog is at.

How A Sewer Drain Works

Every plumbing drain in your home leads to a common line, which is called a sewer line. This is a pipe that runs from your house to your septic system, and its job is to transport all the waste water from your home to your septic. This pipe is usually around six inches in diameter, which is much larger than the standard drain pipes running through the walls in your home. A big pipe is necessary for this purpose, though, because this one pipe is the only exit waste has out of your home.

The main sign of a clogged sewer line is backup issues with all plumbing fixtures. If there is something inside the sewer line, your waste water will have nowhere to go. In this situation, the waste water will begin backing up into the plumbing fixtures in your house, and this could eventually cause a huge mess.

How This Problem Is Fixed

Fixing a clogged sewer line will first involve finding out where the clog is located. One way this is done is with a sewer line video inspection. A plumber can insert a cable into your sewer line, and this cable will have a small video camera attached to it. The plumber will watch a monitor to see what the camera sees, and this offers the perfect way for a plumber to find a leak and determine what has caused the clog.

In most cases, sewer line blockage is caused by tree roots. If you have trees in your yard near your septic, there is a risk this will happen. The roots of trees tend to grow towards areas that are warm and moist, and a sewer drain line happens to be the perfect environment for tree roots to grow.

After finding the leak, the plumber will clean out the line with an auger. If the clog has caused damage to the line itself, the plumber may need to replace the bad sections.

How You Can Prevent This In The Future

With the right steps and maintenance, you may be able to prevent clogs in your main sewer line. A good place to start is eliminating any trees that are located right next to your septic system. This will reduce the risks of tree roots causing damage to your lines.

A second good step to take is keeping your septic tank clean. To do this, you should get the tank pumped as often as necessary, and you should have a septic company inspect the system to make sure it is functioning properly. A septic system is designed to hold solids in the tank and push liquids out into the yard. If the tank is too full, it may force solids into your yard or back into the sewer pipe. This can lead to clogs and damage to the septic field.

Finally, you should use caution with what you put inside your drains. Drains are designed for human waste and used water. They are not designed for other things, such as diapers, feminine products, cigarettes, and coffee grounds. These items can lead to clogs in your indoor pipes or your sewer line.

If your home has a clogged sewer line, contact a contractor like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating today to come to your home to locate and fix the problem. 

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