Dealing with a clogged drain is something that every homeowner is going to go through at some point. A single clog can be a pain to fix, but it is typically an easy fix. Of course, there are times when all the lines back up in your home due to a clogged sewer line.
So what do you do when you have a clogged septic line? You will need to have the sewer line repaired or replaced. It is important that you call us as soon as your drains quit working, or there are signs of your drains slowing down. Doing so will help us address the problem quickly, and hopefully, before any nasty septic tank fluids back up into your home.
Common Causes of Septic Line Damage
There are several things that can cause a clogged sewer line.
- Pipe damage. Pipe damage is one of the most common reasons that your septic system may break down. Increased traffic over top of the pipes, digging around the area where the pipes are located, and shifting soil can all cause pipe damage. In some cases, if the pipes are really old, corrosion can occur. Leaks from where the pipes are joined together are also common.
- Tree roots. If you have an older sewer system, it was constructed out of a porous material like clay. Growing tree roots will be able to infiltrate these pipes causing a blockage.
- Sagging line. In some cases, the line of your sewer system will sag. This can happen over a period of time due to soil conditions. Once this line sags, it will allow waste to build up in the line.
- Flushing Debris. One of the most common issues that we see, is that something has accidentally gotten flushed down the toilet. Toys, clothing, and other items can cause clogs to your system. It is important to make sure that only toilet paper and human waste go down the toilet drain.
- Grease. It is never a good idea to pour grease down your drain line. Grease will solidify in the drain, causing a clog. You will want to make sure that you dispose of the grease some other way.
Sewer Warning Signs
It is important to know the warning signs that you may be having an issue with your septic system.
- Frequent backups. If you frequently have backups, this may be an indication that there is an issue with your plumbing system. Instead of using liquid drain cleaner, please give us a call for professional drain cleaning so that we can address your issue.
- Strange reactions. You will find that you have an issue with your septic system if you start to see unusual actions in your plumbing. For example, if you flush your toilet, and water starts to back up into your shower, there is a problem somewhere in your septic system.
- Multiple Clogs. If you have an issue with multiple drains becoming clogged, it is an obvious sign that there is something going on with your drainage system that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
- Yard signs. If you start to see a soggy patch of grass in your yard, this is a sign that your sewage system might be leaking. In addition to a soggy yard, you may see a portion of your yard that is greener and healthier looking. If you see this, it is a good indication that you should give us a call.
Repair and Replacement Options
If you suspect that you have an issue with your sewer line, it is important that you call us. We will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do. When you call us for an appointment, we will come out to take a look at where the issue may be. We may do a video inspection to find out exactly where the clog is. Once we find the issue, we will be able to tell you what your options are. We will tell you what each option costs as well as what we think your best course of action is.
No matter how you choose to have your septic system repaired, you will want to make sure that all the work is done by a licensed professional plumber. All of our plumbers are licensed, well trained, and professional. You will never have to worry about an inexperienced plumber handling your issue. We strive to get your sewer pipe repair done as quickly as possible so that you are not without your septic system for long. If you have an issue with a clogged sewer line, please give us a call today.