While it isn’t that uncommon for a home to have a leaking faucet or a clogged toilet, some homeowners are shocked to learn that there are also common sewage problems that can manifest. When a sewage issue occurs, the results generally aren’t gradual. One minute everything can be perfectly fine, then the next you realize that your basement is flooding. Here are the most common residential sewage problems, why they occur, and how they can be fixed.
When the Main Sewer Line in Your Home Gets Clogged Up
Main sewer line clogs happen when something physically blocks them and prevents them from draining. For example, if you have a low pressure toilet yet excessive amounts of toilet paper or even wet wipes or feminine hygiene products are flushed, these objects can get lodged in the plumbing, causing the main sewer line to become impeded. Generally speaking, you should try not to overwhelm your plumbing system by flushing too much of anything or potential hazards such as used cooking grease to avoid main sewer line clogs.
Corroded Sewer Lines and Leaks
The series of pipes and valves that make up a plumbing system all head to the main sewer line, which acts as a major exit. From the sewer line, waste water makes its way to the actual sewer. There has to be sufficient pressure within the plumbing system all the way to the sewer line in order to keep everything flowing. Plumbing engineers design well thought out and modern solutions for plumbing vents, sewer lines, and complete plumbing systems to help prevent plumbing issues from taking place. As many homeowners share sewer lines and sometimes even plumbing systems, the work that a plumbing engineer does is crucial to prevent expensive and widespread issues. A corroded sewer line will cause waste water to leak and negatively impact water pressure, which means that drains will clear slowly and the entire plumbing system can degrade.
Root Damage to Sewer Lines
Sewer lines generally reside underground packed in the soil around a home. As trees never, ever stop growing, sometimes their root systems may start to disturb sewer lines, causing damage as well as logistical nightmares. This is why trees have to be planted cautiously, with consideration given to the existing pipes and wires that are buried in the yard. Always work with a landscaping company if you plan on doing any digging or planting of foliage. Within your home’s blueprints you can find diagrams that show where the plumbing system, main sewer line, electrical wiring, and gas lines appear.
Having a sewer issue in your house might mean that you just have to avoid using the washing machine or it could require you to completely evacuate until a team of plumbers can make repairs. Humans need to avoid coming into contact with raw sewage as it can be very hazardous, but having a sewage issue doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have waste flowing into your home. Having an issue with a main sewer line might mean that your kitchen sink drains slowly or that your toilet won’t flush at all.
When you know what the common problems are when it comes to sewage systems, you can be better prepared when an issue arises.