Tree Roots Will Stop the Natural Flow of Water Through Your Pipes
The main sewer line is what connects the city’s sanitary main to your home, and when it backs up it can be a huge problem. This is especially true if it’s backing up into your basement where you keep your water heater or furnace.
Upon noticing this back up, it’s vital that you call in a Pompeii’s Plumbing & Heating professional as soon as you can to reduce the amount of damage done to your basement and/or sewer line.
It would also be convenient for you to know how your sewer line clogs up, in case there’s anything you can do to prevent it from happening in the future.
Causes of a Sewer Line Backup
- Improperly connected piping: If roof gutter down spouts, French drains, sump pumps, or other flood control systems are connected to your sewer line, there’s really no escaping a clog. Debris and silt from these other systems will get into the line and stop it up.
- Paper products: We’ve been in business for over 70 years, so you can trust that we’ve seen pretty much everything be put down drains. But, a word to the wise – try to avoid putting feminine hygiene products, paper towels, cloth diapers, and other bulky items down your drain.
- Roots: Tree roots are the worst culprit we see when it comes to sewer line backups. They take hold of your pipes, growing inside them, and eventually stopping the flow of water. They can also cause the pipe to break which results in outside debris getting in, adding to the damage.
- Grease: Despite the convenience of pouring grease and cooking oil down the drain, you really should be waiting for it to cool and then dumping it in the trash. Grease, in liquid form, won’t do any damage. However, when it starts to solidify, it latches onto the drain causing some serious problems in the main line.
It’s important to act quickly when you notice a sewer backup, so don’t hesitate to call Pompeii’s Plumbing & Heating!