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Sewer problems are, shall we say, unpleasant? A functioning sewer is one of those things that you simply take for granted until it’s time for a repair. The bad news about repairing these invisible necessities is that they can be difficult for the average homeowner to fix. The good news is that sewer companies like Budget Sewer know exactly what to do and how to do it in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
Common Reasons for Sewer Repair
There are a variety of reasons why a sewer may require some work. Here are some of the most common:
- Waste backups. Sewers sometimes fail because they get clogged with waste such as accumulated dirt or paper products. When a single toilet or sink is clogged, the problem is relatively easy to fix. When the main sewer line gets clogged, it’s definitely time to call in the pros.
- Bad odors. Sewers smell horrible, and you’ll soon discover it if you experience the backflow of odors into a room with a drain. Often, the offensive odor emanates from a drain trap where the water seal has evaporated. The most common place for this to happen is on the lowest level drains, especially floor drains which aren’t used very often.
- Grease obstruction. Pouring grease down a kitchen or toilet drain is a very bad idea. In fact, some counties and municipalities actually have laws forbidding the disposal of fats, oils, and greases in home sewers. In the first place, grease can clog up your own home’s sewer line, creating costly repairs. When sewer lines become coated in grease, it forms a sticky lining on the pipes that can worsen over time, collecting more and more sediment and creating blockage. When grease flows into wastewater and treatment facilities, the problem is exacerbated. Excess grease can contribute to mechanical failure, and even environmental damage.
- Tree roots. Sewer companies know when early spring rolls around. As trees began to grow again, the roots began to seek out sources of water. Often, water accumulates around sewer lines. Roots find this water, and crawl into the sewer lines, causing serious obstruction.
- Frozen pipes. Another seasonal sewer repair job has to do with frozen pipes. When unusually cold weather hits, or when residents are not using the home, water may freeze in the pipes. Frozen water causes blockages and, worse, broken pipes.
When to Call the Pros
If you have an aversion to all things plumbing, chances are, you’ve already picked up the phone to place a call to a professional plumbing services company. If you’re still wondering whether it’s a DIY fix or time to call in help, here are some considerations that you may be able to do yourself.
- Clogged toilet. A clogged toilet is easy to fix with a bit of elbow grease and a good plunger. If the toilet still doesn’t work, you may need some assistance.
- Slow drain. It’s a nasty job, but you may want to clean out the traps of your sink drains. This section of curved pipe underneath the sink can be removed and cleaned out. You may be surprised what you find lodged in there once you wipe away the black sludge. PVC pipes are easy to disassemble, but you may need some assistance for copper or cast iron fittings.
If a plumbing job requires that you purchase or rent special equipment, you may be best served by calling a local plumbing company. Often, a single plumbing problem snowballs into yet another, requiring more time, potential damage, and even more purchases and parts.
Don’t wait until a plumbing emergency escalates into a major crisis. Call Budget Sewer to get preventative advice, an estimate on a repair, or even a video inspection of your sewer line. (206) 381-1904