About your sewers: Common problems and responsibilities
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Most Common Types of Sewer Problems
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 a licensed and insured plumber to carefully inspect your septic system for signs of breaks or cracks. Typically, this allows the professional 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 plumber 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.