While the thought of sewage back up in your home might make you squirm, it’s important to think about the kinds of things that might cause issues with your sewage system. There are three major problems that can cause sewage back up: blockage, tree roots, or a sewage line that is cracked or collapsed.
Just like the faucets in your kitchen or sink, sewer pipes can build up sedative and clog up your main sewer line. With the proper use of drainage, sewer repair maintenance, and regular drain cleaning, most sewer clogs can be prevented. Keep your drains clear by keeping any waste that can clog the pipes, such as grease or garbage, away from your drains. In most cases, blockages can be cleared without the need for pipe replacement.
When a sewage pipe is first installed, there was likely no impeding plant life threatening to attack the pipe. However, as time goes on, trees can start to spread their roots, which can be a problem for the unsuspecting pipe. Tree roots can either grow into the pipes, causing holes or blockages, or may wrap around your sewage line and crush it. This can end with sewage back up, along with serious leakage. The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, which later shows up as expensive utility bills.
Cracked or Collapsed Sewer Line
Over time, your home’s sewer line may begin to crack or collapse. A sewer that is 40 years or older is likely to crack or warp, causing leaks or sewage back up. While some cracks can benefit from pipe repair, a collapsed sewer line will most likely need a complete pipe replacement. Luckily, modern technologies have eliminated the need to dig up yards for pipe replacement with trenchless sewer repair. Since the use of trenchless sewer repair began 10 years ago, sewer repair contractors have helped thousands of homeowners repair their sewage systems without leaving behind a mess.