Sewer problems are hard to diagnose since the pipes are located under the ground. This is why most homeowners fail to take any measures until they notice a problem. It’s important that you have your sewers cleaned, or inspected at the very least, every 18 to 22 months. Nevertheless, even with the pipes out of sight, you can still detect signs of a backed-up sewer.
What Causes a Sewer Back-Up?
Debris accumulation in the pipes is the most common cause of a backup, but it’s far from the only cause. Other culprits include:
Grease: Most homeowners know better than to pour grease down the drain. However, some grease still make its way into the drain from grease residue on pots and pans. Grease eventually solidifies and becomes a blockage.
Bellied Piping: A sag in the pipes creates what is known as bellied piping. Debris can accumulate in the sagging area. You can learn more about bellied piping from our previous post.
Roots: Trees and shrubs surrounding your home have an extensive root system that can make its way into the pipe. The roots continue to grow and eventually fill the entire diameter of the pipe.
Signs of a Backed-Up Sewer
- Slow drains, or odors coming from the drain
- Gurgling sound coming from the drain
- Raw sewage coming out of your drain or toilet
- Water appearing on the basement floor
- Water backing up into the shower when the laundry machine is in use
Don’t Wait for the Signs to Appear
We highly recommend that homes and businesses arrange for professionals to check their sewer lines. Take this pivotal step by contacting Sewer Solutions. We’re the go-to guys for handling all things located beneath the earth, as evident in the additional services we provide. Our special offers include free camera inspections for all repairs. It’s imperative that you take action the minute you notice any signs of a backed-up sewer.