Drain and sewer problems are not on anyone’s desired to-do list. But left untreated, even the smallest issue can overtime create a much bigger problem. But what are the most common drain and sewer problems home and business owners deal with? How to prevent these problems from occurring and handle them if they do? Let’s find out!
Tree Root Infiltration
Your drain pipes and sewer line are like a bountiful utopia for tree roots in search of water, nutrients, and oxygen they require. Roots that reach such a rich source of nourishment can quickly begin to settle in, grow, spread and cause serious damage to your plumbing system. Because all this happens underground, out of the reach of your eyes, it’s a common problem for many home and business owners. Some of the most common signs of roots entering your sewer line are, slow draining toilets, gurgling sounds, unpleasant sewer odors and even sinkholes
How to prevent this?
There are several ways you can prevent this from occurring on your property, the first – being mindful about the types of plants and trees you plant in your yard and where you choose to do so. If you are concerned this may be an issue for your existing landscaping, there are certain barriers and safe chemical treatments that are designed to prevent tree roots from growing near your drain and sewer lines.
If you know for sure or highly suspect that tree roots have already entered your plumbing system, it’s important to take action immediately as this is a problem that will quickly escalate. Discuss your concerns with your plumber as soon as possible and schedule a hydro jetting service, which will blast away the roots in your pipes.
Drain and Sewer Clogs
Drain and sewer clogs can be caused suddenly, when something you should not flush goes down the toilet, or over time as grease, food particles, hair and waste gradually build up, causing a blockage. A clog left unattended can eventually cause a leak and in more extreme cases, it can provoke a pipe to burst. This is especially true in the cold winter months, when water that cannot pass through, freezes, expands and damages your pipe. A slow draining fixture is one of the first symptoms of an obstruction somewhere down the drain or sewer pipe.
How to prevent this?
Be kind to your drains by following daily best practices to keep your drain pipes clean and well maintained. One of these includes being mindful about what you flush. Just because something is labeled ‘flushable’ really doesn’t mean it should get flushed down your toilet.
Items that should never get flushed include:
- “Flushable” wipes
- Cotton swabs
- Dental floss
- Paper towels