Sewer line blockages are a common problem that professionals in the plumbing industry often see. They can wreak havoc on your drainage system, especially if they’re not addressed immediately. But what causes these blockages? Professionals clear hundreds of blockages each week and clearing drains is one of the main reasons why many homeowners have to call a plumber. To keep your sewer lines as clear as possible, here are some of the main reasons for blockages and what you can do to prevent them from happening so often.
As many homeowners cook with grease on a regular basis, improper disposal has become a major problem and key contributor to sewer line blockages. Not only will the grease itself cause blockages, but other forms of debris that go down the drain will get stuck in the grease. Running a cable will clear the debris, but it’s not enough to clear the sewer line of the grease itself. The best way to clear a sewer line of grease is by jetting the sewer line. Grease will always be a problem down the drain so be careful to properly dispose of all grease used during cooking in another container to be thrown away.
Overgrown tree and shrub roots will cause blockages in your sewer line and can be quite destructive. Roots aren’t only responsible for blockages, but they are often strong enough to break your sewer line or cause it to collapse. Those root systems must be addressed and removed directly otherwise, no matter how many times you remove the blockage, the roots will continue to grow and destroy your sewer line.
Rocks find their way into sewer lines in several ways, including sabotage or children playing in the cleanouts. This problem is often seen in apartment complexes rather than single-family homes. From the cleanout, they eventually find their way further down the line, essentially creating a dam that water can’t pass through. Inspect your cleanouts regularly and use a cap to keep rocks and other debris out.
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