Fortunately, you likely don’t think about your sewer line too often -- at least until it malfunctions. When you encounter issues with your sewer line, you need professional repair services ASAP before it causes contamination around your home or property, and before it puts your family’s health at risk. Call A & W Plumbing and Heating, Inc. for traditional or trenchless sewer line repair and replacement services in the Southern Illinois area.
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What Causes Sewer Line Problems
Having an issue with your sewer line is not a desirable problem. It can cause damage to your home or building, and put your family’s health at risk. These issues can be caused by:
- Drain clogs that block the line.
- Corrosive soil that causes the line to deteriorate.
- Cracks in the line.
- Shifting of the earth or age that causes the lines to collapse.
- Tree roots that interfere with the line.
- Septic tank issues.
- Problems during a major construction project that interfere with the line.
Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Repairs
When your sewer line malfunctions, you need to repair it as soon as possible to limit the amount of damage to your property. To catch the problem early, it’s important to know what signs to watch for that can indicate an issue. These can include:
- Drains are slow to empty, or don’t empty out at all.
- You have multiple drains that are clogged at one time.
- You notice a strong smell of sewage in or around your property.
- You hear bubbling sounds when you use the sink or flush the toilet.
- You notice standing water around the sewer line.
- There is water backing up out of your tubs, toilets, and sinks.
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How to Prevent Sewer Line Issues
To avoid having to deal with sewer line issues, there are actions you can take to try to prevent problems. These can include:
- Know what you can put down your drains and toilet, including hygienic products, diapers, cooking grease, oils, and even some types of toilet paper.
- Locate your sewer lines before performing a large excavation project in your yard.
- Keep trees with large root systems as far away from sewage lines as possible to prevent damage to the system.
- Put drain screens in your sinks, showers, and bathtubs to prevent debris from going down the drain.