Signs of Common Sewer Line Issues
The main sewer line connects to every plumbing fixture, pipe, and drain in your home. It is the most important part of your plumbing system because it takes the sewage waste in the right direction. Straight to the city sewers. This main sewer line is what separates you from living in a third world country.
Due to its great importance, the main sewer line in your plumbing must be well taken care of. Being mindful of what you put down your drain, seeking regular plumbing inspections, and checking your homes PSI should help protect it. But we’re only human! Sometimes maintenance responsibilities seem to slip through the cracks. However, sometimes plumbing disasters can occur as a result.
We’ve come up with a list of the most common causes and signs of main sewer line issues to give you an idea of what to watch out for.
Common Sewer Line Issues
Damage to sewer pipes- If your sewer pipe breaks due to rupture or any other way, this will cause the sewage from your home to drain improperly. This will cause a back up that could put you at risk of a significant sewer line issue.
Most pipes break because of something heavy on the ground above them, old corrosive pipes, or the joints spring a leak. Make sure to remember this if you suspect a sewer line issue in the future.
Tree Root Clog- This is a much more common cause than you might expect. Tree roots are attracted to the water running through the pipes. This water causes the roots to grow in the specific direction of the pipes themselves.
These roots are strong enough to break PVC pipes and prevent sewage from filtering through.
Sagging Sewage Line- When the pipes in the main sewer line are much older, they may sag underground. This sag in the pipe will collect debris from the drains in your home and cause a clog.
Flushing Debris Down Toilet- One of the most important parts of having a home is keeping tabs on what you flush down your toilet. When you flush things like paper towels, diapers, or feminine hygiene products down the toilet, it may cause an issue in your sewer line.
Grease Down the Drain- Many people believe that if you put grease down the sink with hot water, it causes no damage. This is not the case! Grease will attach to the inner pipes of your plumbing when run down the sink. Eventually this grease will build up to cause a clog. This is never an ideal situation.
Signs of Main Sewer Line Problems
Here are some signs to look for when investigating main sewer line issues:
Frequent Drain Backups- If you notice your drain getting backed up all the time, this may be a sign of something much more serious. When you notice this, try to avoid drain cleaner and get a professional to help right away!
The Grass in your Yard Starts to Change- Is your grass usually perfectly green, but lately it looks brown. Hold your horses! This may be a sign of a severe main sewer line problem. Your grass is turning brown because the pipes in the ground are spewing unhealthy water. Thus indicating a break in the main line.
Shower Fixtures Clogged- Another tell tale sign of a problem is the frequent clogging of your shower or faucet fixtures. This could just be a normal clog, but if it happens a lot, you may want to hire a professional to come take a look.
Call Christian Brothers
Christian Brothers can help you with all of your plumbing needs! Give us a call and we’ll have it done in no time and in the easiest way possible. Call Christian Brothers at (623) 201-5066.