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Top 7 Most Common Sewer Problems to Look Out For

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Homeowners often overlook the importance of maintaining a well-functioning sewer system until they face serious issues. Sewer problems can cause significant inconvenience and costly repairs.

Understanding the most common issues can help in early detection and prevention. Here are the top seven sewer problems you should be aware of.

1. Clogs and Blockages

One of the most frequent issues in sewer systems is clogs and blockages. These are typically caused by accumulating non-biodegradable materials such as wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, and excessive toilet paper.

Additionally, cooking grease and other fatty substances can solidify in the pipes, leading to severe blockages.

2. Tree Root Intrusion

Tree roots seeking moisture can infiltrate sewer lines, especially if there are cracks or loose joints in the piping. Once inside, these roots grow and expand, obstructing the flow and potentially causing significant damage. Signs of root intrusion include:

  • Slow draining
  • Gurgling noises from the toilet
  • Water backing up
  • Frequent sewage backups
  • Lush patches in the yard

Solutions may involve mechanically cutting the roots and repairing the pipes, sometimes using trenchless technology to minimize yard disruption.

3. Pipe Corrosion or Deterioration

Older cast iron or clay pipes are susceptible to corrosion or deterioration over time. This can lead to collapses in the sewer line, causing frequent backups and possibly requiring a complete pipeline replacement.

Modern plastic materials like PVC are often recommended due to their longer lifespan and resistance to corrosion.

4. Misaligned Pipes

Ground movements, such as earthquakes or heavy construction nearby, can cause sewer pipes to misalign or disconnect. This disruption impedes the flow and can lead to sewage leaks into the surrounding soil, posing environmental hazards.

5. Bellied Pipes

A "belly" in a sewer line occurs when a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, creating a low spot where waste collects and causes blockages.

Fixing bellied pipes might require replacing the affected section to ensure a consistent slope and prevent future accumulations.

6. Sewer Gas Odor

If you notice a pervasive sewer gas odor in or around your home, it could be a sign of a crack or break in your sewer lines. Sewer gases can be hazardous to health and indicate a breached sewer system. This issue requires immediate professional attention to identify and seal the breaks.

7. Sewage Backups

Sewage backups are the most distressing of all sewer problems. They typically occur when a blockage in the line prevents sewage from flowing outward toward municipal sewer systems or septic tanks.

Backups can lead to health risks and property damage, particularly common in lower home areas like basements.

Protect Your Home with Sewer Squad Plumbing

Stay ahead of potential disasters by scheduling regular sewer inspections with Sewer Squad Plumbing. Early detection saves you from unnecessary expenses and disruptions.

Contact us today at (647) 696-8780 to learn more about our comprehensive sewer maintenance services and ensure your home remains safe and functional.