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How To Care for Your Sewer Main

Common Sewer Main Problems

Common Sewer Main Problems

Having a clogged main sewer line can be a nightmare. The waste buildup will start to stink up your house. Water could start coming back up out of the sewer system.  The sewer water also won’t drain properly and strange noises can come from the drains. The function of a sewer drain, why you need to service it, and how to maintain it are all explained in this article.

How Does Your Home’s Sewer Line Work

How Does Your Home’s Sewer Line Work
The main sewer line is responsible for removing all of the waste from bathtubs, sinks, and toilets from the home and into your neighborhood’s sewer system. Branches from the mainline are attached to each individual appliance that produces waste. The system is a series of pipes that use gravity to remove the waste from your house to the city sewer line.

Common Sewer Service Issues 

There are many reasons why you might need to have your sewer serviced. The most common and well-known cause for sewer problems is a clogged sewer drain. This usually happens because an item that was too big for the sewer line was disposed of. Common items that cause these clogs are wipes, cat litter, and tampons. Products that are large but advertised as flushable are still better suited to being thrown away in the trash. 

Another common sewer problem is the sewer smell. A lot of people think a bad smell means the sewer line is clogged, but this is not always the case. The smell could be traced to an open drain cap. The cap is meant to keep the sewer smell out of your home. Trees are also common problems. As trees grow, the tree roots branch out and onto the sewer system. Sometimes these tree roots can cause blockages in the sewer system. Even worse is that trees with heavy roots can cause the pipes in the sewer line to collapse.

Pipes that are old or are made of a material other than PVC pipe have a high probability of deteriorating over time. The deteriorated pipes can collapse, breaking up the sewer line. Pipes that have sunk into the ground over time also cause a problem, creating an area for waste to pool together.

How to Prevent Sewer Clogging

How to Prevent Sewer CloggingIf you take care of and maintain your sewer over time, then you can prevent many of the events that lead to sewer mishaps. Inspecting your septic tank every few years or so will alert you to any possible problems you might have with your sewer line. If you fear that there may be a clog of some sort, hire professionals to clean out the sewer line. That way, even if there’s not, you have avoided a problem. 

To prevent tree roots from growing on the pipes, plant your trees further away from the sewer line. Also, if your pipes are old or not made of PVC pipe, consider having your pipes replaced. While a lot of work upfront, this can save you from having a clog mishap in the future.

Contact Valley Plumbing and Drain Cleaning 

Sewer Line Services Company

Valley Plumbing and Drain Cleaning have been servicing the Salt Lake area since 2011. With award-winning skills in plumbing and drain services, they provide top-rated cleaning for your pipes. The company offers emergency services 24/7 to fix any unexpected problems.