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(EMAILWIRE.COM, March 15, 2018 ) Sometimes, however, it’s the things that you don’t expect that cause the most frustration and damage. Sewer lines, for example, are very much an “out of sight, out of mind” part of the home. You likely use them multiple times every day, but since they aren’t something that you can easily see, it can be difficult to determine if they have issues that need to be resolved. That means that many homeowners don’t realize they have a problem until something catastrophic happens and their lines are very obviously in need of significant repair or replacement.
To help prevent this kind of issue and lower the chances of incurring high maintenance or replacement fees, you should learn a bit more about warning signs that should draw your attention to your sewer lines. If you know what to look for, you can better avoid lines that become irreparably damaged. Let’s take a look at some of the best warning signs to look out for when it comes to the condition of your sewer lines as well as some basic “don’ts”.
Don’t pour your grease down the drain! Grease doesn’t stay soft forever. In fact, it turns quite solid fairly quickly and can block your pipes entirely. Pouring grease down your drain is not only a great way to find yourself with a huge plumbing bill, but it’s also completely avoidable. Just say “no”!
If you have sagging, or bellied, pipes, waste will gradually accumulate in the sag. This can end up blocking your pipes and necessitate the aid of a professional plumber. If you happen to notice this particular issue, reach out to a professional right away and fix the problem before it turns costly.
If possible, keep an eye out for trees near your sewer line. Tree roots can back up your entire sewer line and can even break the pipes completely. It’s best to closely monitor a sewage line that is surrounded by trees in order to detect any issues before they create permanent damage. You can have an inspection done once or twice a year to see the extent of the situation.
Listen for Gurgling
If you hear your pipes “gurgling”, there’s a decent chance that you need to have your pipes cleaned. The same holds true if you:
• See sewage back up into your bathtub, drain, or toilet.
• See water in the basement, especially around the drain in the floor.
• Have slow-draining pipes.
• Have pipes that emit a sewer odor.
• Have reoccurring clogs in your drains.
If any of the above happen to you, it’s likely time to have your sewer pipes cleaned! The best thing you can do is to reach out to a professional for help. Depending upon the specific issue you’re facing, you might need anything from a video inspection to a mechanical auger to a hydro-jet.
For more information, reach out to Noble Plumbing and Sewer for help! We serve Bolingbrook, Naperville, Romeoville, Woodridge and the surrounding towns, areas and counties. - CALL FOR HELP!
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