If you have a sink that drains slowly or hear gurgling sounds, then you may have a blockage in your plumbing system. Same goes for puddles of water in your home after baths, showers, or running the dishwasher. Perhaps the biggest sign of a clogged sewer is trouble with your toilet system. The toilet runs directly to the sewer line, so it is rare to have a fully functioning toilet with a clogged sewer.
Sewer blockages usually have three main causes.
Tree Roots. Mother Nature can be surprisingly invasive when it comes to sewer lines. Tree roots often infiltrate sewer pipes through cracks or at pipe joints, causing blockages. Waste can collect around the roots, causing backups and decreased flow. Solid pipelines are at less of a risk, but tree roots can invade even the smallest of cracks, causing havoc on your plumbing system.
Foreign Objects. Tampons, diapers, grease, oils, food scraps, and other foreign objects are commonly found in blocked sewers. Even coffee grounds and eggshells can contribute to pipeline blockages. To prevent blockages, be conscientious about what you put in the garbage disposal. For best results, dispose of grease, butter, fats, oils, and even mayonnaise in the garbage can.
Old, Worn Out Pipes. Pipes deteriorate over time. They can crack, split, or sometimes collapse outright. When that happens, blockages and overflow can occur in a hurry. In some cases, the structural defects may be so severe that the entire pipe system may have to be rebuilt.
If you have a blocked sewer, book a SERVIZ Sewer Snaking Technician today.