Clogged Main Sewer Cleaning And Repair.
Main Sewer Clogs: Causes, Warning Signs & Replacement Options
All of the plumbing fixtures, drains, and pipes in your home are connected to the biggest (and most important) piece of plumbing in your entire home—the main sewer line.
Between improper use of these fixtures, drains, and pipes and many other outside factors, the main sewer line can take a beating. Eventually, the main sewer line can become clogged (or even collapse) to the point of needing serious repair or even replacement. Talk about a headache you don’t need!
Knowing what causes sewer lines to clog and the warning signs to look out for can help prevent you from ever having to deal with a major clogged sewer repair or replacement.
What are the Common Causes of a Clogged Sewer Line
Almost every homeowner has run into the unfortunate situation of having a clogged drain or a slow-running sink or bathtub. While a single clog can be a pain, it’s typically easy to fix.
However, what happens if all the drains in your home begin backing up at once?
It could be a sewer drain clog. The repair or replacement of an entire sewer line (or even just a section) is sometimes required when drain clearing efforts don’t work. Here are the primary indicators that a repair or replacement procedure is required:
1. Severe Pipe Damage
2. A Sagging Sewer Line
While this is out of a homeowner’s control, sagging sewer lines happen over time. This “bellied” pipe occurs when a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions.
The low spot in the line will begin to collect paper and waste—resulting in repeat blockages.
3. Tree Root Infiltration
Older sewer lines were sometimes constructed out of clay or other porous materials. In addition, the connections between the pipe sections weren’t as tight as today’s PVC pipes.
As tree and shrub roots grow, they search for sources of water. If they latch onto a sewer pipe, they will grow into the pipe in order to reach the water inside. As the roots expand over time, it can cause the line to break.
4. Flushing Debris Down the Toilet
For the sake of your plumbing system’s health, it’s important to know what you can and can’t flush down your toilet.
Treating your toilet as a trashcan will cause sewer drain issues. The number one rule to remember when flushing the toilet—make sure only human waste and toilet paper goes down.
The Clogged Drain Cleaning Services by Big Apple Plumbing can help you if the problem isn’t too severe just yet.
5. Pouring Grease Down the Drain
Grease, fats, and oil are all some of the biggest culprits when it comes to clogging lines. It’s NEVER a good idea to pour grease, oil, or other fats down a drain.
Always pour hot grease into a coffee can or jar. Once it solidifies, you can throw it away. People mistakenly think that running hot water when pouring grease down a drain helps wash it away. This is not the case.
Once grease cools off, it will harden and stick to your pipes—leading to sewer line clogs.
Warning Signs you Might Have a Sewer Line Issue
Sewer Line Repair & Replacement Options
While some drain cleaning and maintenance tasks can be safely performed by a homeowner, sewer line repair in Denver and replacement tasks should always be performed by a certified, professional plumber.
By employing an in-line video inspection camera, you will be able to see where the problem lies and experience faster and less costly repairs. Here’s how it works:
Once it’s determined—and you agree—that a sewer line must be repaired or replaced, there are a few options to choose from.
Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Methods
Trenchless repairs involve making small access holes where the damaged pipe starts and ends. A new pipe is then pulled through the existing pipe, which bursts the old pipe into pieces while simultaneously laying new pipe.
Trenchless repairs cause less damage to yards and driveways than traditional repair methods because only the dirt at the beginning and end of the line is disturbed.
No matter what option you eventually choose, the work needs to be completed by an experienced and licensed professional plumber. At Big Apple Plumbing Services Westminster, we consider our plumbers the best in the business. If you’re having a sewer or drain issue or need sewer line repair in Denver, we guarantee we can diagnose and fix it—often the same day!