Even if we’d rather pretend they’re not there, sewers are one of the most important parts of your home’s plumbing. If you do have a sewer problem, odds are you’ll notice right away — a sunken yard, foul odors, and multiple clogs are telltale signs of a major issue.
Common Causes of Sewer Line Problems
Sewer lines are strong and designed for frequent use, but they can be damaged by:
- The frequent use of chemical cleaners
- Construction equipment damaging the line
- Earthquakes and natural disasters
Even a tiny crack to your sewer line can affect how sewage drains, leading to immediate and constant problems.
Some sewer line problems are unavoidable, but many are. It’s important to remember that your toilet isn’t a trash can and only three things should ever go in it. Even if you only throw things like floss, hair, and cotton balls down there “once in a while,” you’re putting your system at risk. You should also never throw grease or oil down your drain.
During times of drought or low rainfall, trees will naturally begin looking for the nearest source of water — unfortunately, that’s usually pipes running below your home. If roots do make their way into your pipes, they can quickly cause clogs, discolored water, and low water pressure.