Water backups and leaks are some of the most common sewer problems in Traverse City homes. If you’re trying to take a hot shower, or flush the toilet, and find that the water isn’t draining as it should, the root of the problem could be one of the following:
Tree and plant roots.
While it might sound odd, tree and plant roots are a very common cause of sewer problems. If you have a finicky toilet that’s always clogging, or a sink that consistently has problems draining, the root of the issue may be an actual root. Tree and shrub roots can wreak havoc on your sewer system by growing around pipes and crushing them, or by growing into cracks in the plumbing and destroying them from the outside in. This root problem will cause clogging and backed up water.
Contact a trusted professional plumber to inspect and troubleshoot any root issues. A thorough diagnosis may include a video inspection within your sewer’s pipelines. To help prevent root problems in the future: try to keep tree and shrub growth away from pipelines and/or enact either a physical buried barrier or use chemicals to deter nearby growth.
Simple drain blockage is a common cause for isolated incidences of backed up drain water. You can choose either to clear the clog yourself, or seek the help of a good plumber.
To prevent nasty drain blockage in the future, you should:
- Only flush toilet paper and human waste down the toilet.
- Avoid pouring grease down the kitchen sink.
- Use strainers in shower drains and sinks without installed garbage disposals.
Cracked or collapsed lines
Sewer pipelines are like most building materials and equipment, they have a designated lifespan, after which they prone to deteriorating with cracks and disconnections. If you live in an older home, your sewer problems may be due to old age. This situation will require a professional plumber. However, no-dig technology does exist, so sewer replacements won’t be as massive a headache as you might fear.
For more information on troubleshooting sewer problems, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
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