The main sewer line is the plumbing line that is responsible for channelling the waste coming from the sink, the tub, and the toilet. The wastewater goes towards the main sewer, which is situated deep under the driveway or front yard.
Your home’s main sewer line is not exempted from clogs. If you have dealt with a clogged sewer line before, perhaps you know how it brought inconvenience to your daily life. Sometimes, problems in the line emit a bad smell.
Is it possible to access the sewer?
The sewer line is buried deep down the underground of your home, and it travels to the central sewer system located in the city street. When things go wrong, and you can’t figure out how to unclog the pipeline, the sewer clean out can be opened to unleash the problem; most homes’ plumbing system has a sewer clean out somewhere built. It is a pipe covered with a cap. Thus, removing the lid will give you access so you can remove the blockages. Imagine a pipeline without this how difficult or impossible to unclog the filth. Otherwise, you need to hire a plumber and trace the line to the city street, which could be a more complicated task.
As they say, “garbage in, garbage out.” What you throw into your sink or toilet pass through the pipeline. If the pipeline holds too much garbage, it will clog the system and will go back up from where it came. Even if there exists the city sewer system, it could only be responsible for the clog if it resulted within the junction connecting your pipe to the main line.
Smart solutions are needed in severe clogging problems like these before the problem gets out of hand.
What are the real causes of sewer clogs? Is it simple carelessness or is it the unsanitary way of living? Some people are merely mindless of what they do and how their doing affects their environment, which starts from their own home. If people are less concerned with the things around them, and they don’t value the importance of utilities that help them fulfil their purpose every day, our world will become a giant wasteland.
Some examples here are the reasons why your sewer line gets blocked. You may not be the one who will fix it, but these utility systems are built for our benefit.
- Thick grease and grime along the lining of the sink drain. Grease is a thick and slimy liquid. Over time it combines with grime along the pipeline and solidifies into a clog. Careless use of the sink is one of the major causes of the clogged sewage line.
- Toilet filled with undissolved toilet papers, sanitary napkins, soap, hair, etc. Doesn’t mean the toilet has flush that it can dissolve any stuff you throw into it. Plastic materials can cause massive clog on the sewer because they don’t disperse like liquid. So be cautious in using your toilet. Also, waste matters are not supposed to come back. What is thrown and flushed should be discarded totally.
- Sagged sewer pipe. When your house was built, the pipes laid out are not in straight lines. Pipes have turning points and corners to which they divert the wastewater leading to the main sewage system. This structure is standard, but when the sewer line has a sagged portion, leaning down the ground, the flow of wastewater will be disrupted. Sags can be caused by soil erosion or incorrect sloping done by your plumber or builder at the beginning of your home construction.
- Intrusion of foreign objects or mud through sewer line leak. One of the reasons sewer pipes collapse is due to its age. Through time, sewer pipes deteriorate especially when they get surrounded by roots in the ground. Small cracks are chances for foreign objects to break into, such as mud, stones, dead leaf, or small branches brought by heavy storms.
The first sign of a clogged sewer is when your toilet fails to flush, and wastewater comes up or bubbles up through the shower drain. Another sign is when the water in your sink cannot flow down or takes too long to drain, emitting foul smell brought by the wastewater.
What can you do?
Just like any part of your home, your sewer is not invulnerable to attacks; eventually, it will get clogged. Clogged sewer lines are a major headache in the aspect of home improvement. But today is not a time to worry, because Plumbers Portsmouth has the solutions for all your plumbing problems. If it’s the sewer line, our experienced engineers will figure it out for you. Call us, and one of our staff will assist you with your queries.