Sewer issues often happen because the sewers have been neglected. Let’s face it, who wants to spend time thinking about or looking at sewers? They are smelly places full of waste and bacteria which can be harmful to your health.
However, a little maintenance can avoid all the common sewer issues from occurring and even prepare you for when an issue does need to be resolved. The simplest way to be prepared is to buy a drain camera and use it periodically. You should run it through your sewer lines at least twice a year. The video feedback will allow you to spot and clogs building or pipe damage. You can then act before it becomes a bigger issue.
The first clue that you have a sewer issue is usually your drains starting to run slow. If one drain is slow then the issue is likely to be in the trap under the appliance. However, if several drains are struggling to eliminate the waste, the issue is in the sewer pipe. It is most likely to be a clog that, if left, will block the entire pipe.
The most common sewer issue is actually a clogged toilet. This is because the largest items of waste going down the toilet and people often put the wrong thing down, such as wet wipes or even children’s toys. These block the toilet or the sewer pipe and can quickly cause your toilet to overflow. That is never a pleasant experience.
Cracked pipes frequently cause clogs and blockages in your sewer pipes. The difference is that it isn’t something you have done and the drains will definitely run slow first.
The most common cause of a cracked pipe is tree roots that have pushed against it and broken it. As the pipe cracks soil is allowed in which eventually blocks it and causes issues in your house. In some cases, a sleeve can be run through the inside of the pipe but in many instances, it will need digging up and replacing. At the same time, you will have to consider what to do about the tree. It may be necessary to get an expert’s opinion on the tree.
You should note that cracked pipes can be easily spotted with your sewer camera and the fact that the grass around the crack is much greener and grows faster. In addition, you may notice a smell in this area.
Cracked pipes can also be caused by vehicles driving over them and exerting too much pressure, especially if the soil is particularly wet, allowing the pipe some room to move. The flexing of the ipe can damage it.
Preventing Sewer Issues
If the sewer pipe is on your property you are liable for the issue. As mentioned, the easiest way to prevent these issues is to be aware of them early, you can do that by using the drain camera regularly It can also help to get the professionals in at least once a year to inspect your plumbing and sewage system.