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What Can Lead to Sewer Line Problems?

sunny-plumbersYou don’t interact much with your sewer line directly. For the average homeowner, never actually seeing their sewer line is a possibility. In fact, we hope that you never need to see your sewer line, because if you do it usually means that something has gone wrong. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you’ll never encounter the types of problems that would require sewer line repairs,  or even a sewer line replacement in Tucson. What types of problems?

Well, that is the focus of today’s post. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. There are certainly some steps you can take to help mitigate the risk of sewer line problems on your property. Knowing what causes such problems may also help you to be more aware of those problems and to act more quickly when they do develop. So let’s dive right in, and remember that a Sunny Plumber solves problems effectively and thoroughly, every time.

User Error

We aren’t placing blame here. No one sets out to purposely cause problems with their sewer lines. The fact of the matter is, though, that some habits you may have developed over the years can lead to problems with your sewer line. Simply adjusting these habits can help to prevent problems in the long run. What types of habits are we talking about?

  • Using too much toilet paper. If you have to use a lot of toilet paper at any given time, then consider multiple flushes. Even if you do manage to get a large amount of toilet paper down without backing up the toilet, some of it may get lodged deep in the sewer line, leading to a cumulative effect.
  • Flushing anything other than toilet paper. Some products do market themselves as being flushable, and we understand the convenience that this seems to offer. However, if you are serious about convenience, you need to know that flushing anything, regardless of how it’s marketed, other than toilet paper and waste can and will lead to clogs.
  • Putting FOG down the drain. Remember, it’s not just the toilet that connects to your sewer line. All drains in your home also lead out to that main sewer line. Keep fat, oil, and grease out of your drains, and you eliminate a major risk of clogs.

Environmental Factors

These issues are tougher to control. Sometimes shifting soil can cause problems with your sewer line, for instance. There is not a whole lot that you can do about that. However, there are some measures that you can take.

A common cause of sewer line problems is tree roots growing into a sewer line, causing leaks and clogs. By keeping your sewer line and its location in mind when planting new trees or bushes, you can help to avoid such problems. Make sure that any major landscaping or construction projects are handled by qualified professionals who will also take that under consideration.

Schedule your sewer line services with The Sunny Plumber Tucson. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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