TOILET DRAIN CLOGGED
SHOWER DRAIN CLOGGED
TUB DRAIN CLOGGED
SINK DRAIN CLOGGED
The sewer line is the largest drain in your home and is susceptible to a number of problems. The most common problems to affect a sewer line include the following:
- Tree roots – If roots have infiltrated your sewer line, they can quickly damage the line and cause further damage in no time.
- Broken, collapsed, cracked, or misaligned pipes – These are commonly due to shifting soil or frozen ground.
- Blockage – This can result when grease or some other object is restricting proper water flow.
- Pipe corrosion or deterioration – If your pipe is older or is made of anything other than PVC piping, then you are likely at risk of having your pipes deteriorate, which can cause collapses in the line and a restriction of proper flow.
- Bellied pipe – This is when a section of the pipe has sunk into the ground, creating an area for waste to converge.
- Leaking joints – If the seals between the pipes have broken, then water can escape into the area surrounding the pipe.
HOW TO PREVENT THE PROBLEM
There are various other problems that can also affect a typical sewer line, which is why it is important to remain alert and proactive about checking for signs of blockage. To prevent future problems from occurring, make sure to have your septic tank inspected at least every three to five years. This will allow an experienced Roto-Rooter expert to carefully inspect your septic system for signs of breaks or cracks. Typically, this allows us to correct the problem with a small repair service and can help to prevent costly replacements.
Simply cleaning out the sewer line, or completing spot repairs, can usually take care of the problem. However, if the problem is too far along, then your technician may need to recommend a costly replacement. They will likely complete a camera inspection to detect the source of the problem and can then advise you of your service options.
IS A REPLACEMENT MORE AFFORDABLE IN THE LONG RUN?
In some cases, it is more affordable to simply replace the sewer line, rather than trying to repair it. If your pipes are made of inferior materials, they are more susceptible to leaks, damage, and root intrusion. This can lead to severe problems in the future, which will cost more than the original replacement would have. A Roto-Rooter plumbing expert can discuss the options with you so that you can choose what is right for your needs and budget.
Clogged drain or toilet
The most common red flags, sewer main cleaners say, are water backing up out of a drain or the toilet plumbing, or a gurgling sound coming from the drains.
“Your house is basically going to talk to you,” says Tammy Sims, senior technician with R & S Sewer Cleaning in Indianapolis. “If you notice that when you’re done with the washing machine, the toilets start percolating – it sounds like a coffee pot percolating – or you’ll get water around the floor drain in the basement, that’s one of the first telltale signs.”
Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines, Sims says.
“Your house is basically set up like a tree,” Sims says. “You have one main trunk line that runs out of the house and then you have all these small branches off of that. If the clog is in the main line, that means any water you run in the house will cause problems. If it’s a secondary line, it’s just going to be isolated to that secondary problem.
Release the pressure
If you get a clog in your home and suspect that a blocked sewer drain is the cause, Sims says it’s important to shut off the water at the source or at the main if it’s a main line clog.
Homeowners who have access to their sewer cleanout line — typically a short, round, white pipe with a rubber cap located in the yard near the house — can remove the cleanout cap during a backup to release pressure build up; and send water outside instead of into the house.
Bedell’s recommendation for keeping lines clear and avoiding plumbing problems doesn’t involve chemical-based drain cleaners.
“Fill your sinks to the top and then drain them once or twice a month,” Bedell says. “That (water pressure) will help ensure you have proper flow through the pipes and move out any waste that’s sitting in the line.”
Request a camera inspection
Sewer line cleaning companies typically run a cable, also known as a drain snake or auger, through the clog to clear it. A simple cleaning or cleanout typically costs less than $150. If they can’t find the problem, many companies recommend a camera inspection. Experts warn consumers to avoid companies that offer a camera inspection before trying to clear the clog.