Common Sewer Problems

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If Any of These Sewer Problems Sound Familiar, We Can Help

Your sewer line is crucial to your home plumbing system as it carries all wastewater away from your house for disposal. Over time, deteriorated sewer pipes create problems that spell major trouble for home and business owners. Therefore, to avoid a potentially costly and unnecessary mess, it is important to look for and correct sewer problems before they become larger ones. Frequent backups, offensive odors, sinkholes and frequent cycling of your sump pump are all common problems home and business owners experience with their main sewer lines.

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Frequent Backups

Your sewer system must handle every drop of water that runs through your plumbing – and also everything else that finds a way in. Possible causes of sewer backups include:

  • Tree roots finding their way into your main sewer line. Roots in the ground naturally search out water in order to continue growing and what better place to find it than in sewer pipes? Over time, tree roots take on a life of their own, growing out of control as the water in the pipes continuously feeds them. Most homeowners do not know they have tree root intrusion until the inevitable happens – they experience a backup.

  • Baby wipes, paper towels, diapers, feminine hygiene and other products that are flushed down the toilet, causing clogs. These items should never be flushed and instead should be disposed of in the trash.

  • Cooking grease that has hardened after being poured down the kitchen sink

  • Buildup of hair, soap and detergents over time

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Offensive Odors

Are you experiencing an unpleasant, lingering sewer smell throughout your home and you have no idea where it is coming from? Possible causes of odors could be:

  • Sewer backup

  • Floor drain or traps not holding water

  • Misaligned or broken sewer pipe under floor

  • Vent stacks are deteriorated or blocked

  • Sewage leaking into drain tile or sump pit

Let us inspect your sewer system to identify the source of the odor.

Sinkholes

If you notice a sinkhole in the ground around your home, it’s a pretty big indicator that something is wrong with your sewer line. When sinkholes happen, the groundwater around the sinkhole sucks dirt into your sewer line and causes buildup, consequently leading to large and costly problems.

Frequent Cycling of Sump Pump

If your home has an overhead sewer, a break in it causes sewage to find its way into your sump pump when you flush your toilet. As a result, this causes your pump to continuously cycle, leading to re-circulation of the water back and forth between the sewer line and the sump pump.

If you are noticing any of these issues, feel free to give our experts a call at 708-758-5070.

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