Potential Sewer and Water Line Problems
Your sewer and water line goes through a lot. From gallons of water being flushed to grease being poured down kitchen drains, your sewer line is constantly working. When your sewer or water line has taken a beating, it can begin to malfunction causing clogs, slow draining, and sometimes even mold!
Some signs that it may be time to call a plumber include:
- Slow draining
- Clogged drains
- Bubbling drains
- Water backups
- Visible mold
- Unusually high water bills
- An odd odor throughout your home
- Cracks in foundation
When caught early, a plumber can help reverse these problems and prevent a full breakdown in your system. But don’t worry—Hiller is here to help.
How to Prevent Sewer and Water Line Problems
While it may seem like a chore, maintaining your sewer and water line regularly can go a long way and can prevent bigger problems from arising. Before you call a plumber, here are a few things you can do on your own to keep your system running in top shape.
Avoid Blocking Drains
Clogs and blockages are the number one reason for major sewer line repairs and they are completely avoidable. To avoid clogging your drains, refrain from putting anything down the drain that your system is not designed to handle including napkins, sanitary napkins, wipes, paper towels, and more. These products don’t dissolve in water properly and will eventually clog your sewer system.
In the kitchen, pouring grease down the drain can cause blockage because grease coats the pipelining and causes other items to stick to it. Other food waste can also potentially clog the drain, so be sure to only use the garbage disposal for foods that can be safely broken up.
In addition, if you have children, make sure they aren’t putting any small objects in the drain such as toys, food, or clothing. Even when something actually flushes down the drain, there is a possibility it will get stuck between your home and the final sewer outlet.
Reduce Root Problems
Roots from trees, shrubs, and other plants can also be a major issue for sewer systems. To avoid roots from damaging your sewer system, be sure to note where your sewer lines are, and avoid planting any greenery near the area. Roots will usually only extend toward the pipes under your home if they are looking for a water source, so it’s also important to ensure that your plants are properly watered so they don’t seek water from your sewer line.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance on your drains goes a long way when you are trying to avoid problems in your system. Some things you can do to maintain your sewer and water line include:
- Pouring boiling water down the drain once per week to help break up any errant grease that may have clung on.
- Installing strainers and traps wherever possible to avoid the impact of things like hair or soap scum building up in the drain.
- Clearing out your traps regularly. You can use an auger if necessary to avoid any buildup in the actual drain.
- Checking the air vents on your roof for clogs. If the air vents get clogged, sewer gasses can back up into your system and cause noxious fumes or smells to form.
Fix Your Sewer and Water Line Problems with Hiller
Sometimes, it’s best to hire a professional to handle your sewer and water line problems. Luckily, at Hiller, our certified plumbers are here to help. We’ll inspect your sewer and water system for clogs, cracks, and leaks and perform proper maintenance, repair, and installation as needed. Give us a call at your first sign of sewer and water line problems in your home and we’ll be out to help in no time.