Older Homes: What are common sewer problems?

Older Homes: What are common sewer problems?

Unfortunately, sewer lines are not easy to reach and fix, making it difficult to know where a sewer line in the home has a problem. This can be a challenging thing to detect in an old home. Most of us pay no attention to sewer lines until it becomes a mess and causes us damage plus money.

When you move into a new house, constructed years ago, it might have a sewer line problem. The sewer line problems are expensive to fix and are a great inconvenience for many. We will go through some of the common sewer line problems that you may face.

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Tree Roots

Tree Roots

Tree roots are the major problem for the sewer line. The roots need moisture to grow so the root will make their way through small cracks into a sewer line. This can cause the sewer line to get blocked or get damaged fully. This causes leaks and backups to happen, thus causing property damage. 

Avoid planting trees near the sewer line to avoid any damage.

The roots can also be cut apart using a chainsaw or high-pressure water. If you find that the roots have already done damage, it is best to repair them with trenchless options.

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Grease or food buildup

Grease or Food Buildup

Homes and restaurants send much of their oily and greasy stuff into the sewer lines. This can lead to big chunks of grease and oil to make the sewer line clogged. Most of the kitchen waste ends up in lines and can accumulate to block the sewer line. The greasy material tends to solidify inside the pipe and block the drain as well.

Disposal of food and greasy stuff into sewer lines should be avoided at any cost to prevent clog or blockage of sewer lines.

If you run a restaurant regular sewer line cleaning should be done to avoid backups.

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Foreign Objects

Foreign Objects

One of the most common causes of sewer lines is the foreign objects in your sewer line. The bathroom and shower sewer lines are made to handle water. If you flush paper towels, female hygiene products, cigarettes, baby wipes, cotton swabs, and even insects down your drain thus, it can lead to blockages. These blockages are sometimes tough to fix, and they can be costly to fix as well if you do not call the right company.

The best way to avoid this is not to throw any foreign object down your drain that can cause sewer line problems.

Broken, cracked, or collapsed lines - Master Rooter AZ
Broken, cracked, or collapsed lines

Broken, Cracked, or Collapsed Lines     

Over time the house sewer line becomes weak, which leads to the broken or cracked sewer line. The extreme freezing temperature in some areas also causes sewer lines to break. This is risky for your house, so the best thing is to fix it on time.

So now we know what the main causes of sewer lines are.

If you have any problem with your sewer line in Mesa, AZ, call to Master Rooter AZ and we will be there for you!

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