4 Sewer Line Problems That Cause Slow Drains and Could Get Worse

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If the drains in your home are being slow and stubborn, the problem may not be with the pipes in your home. Sewer line damage and blockages often cause problems with the drains in your home. Some of the problems that could be causing the issues with drains include roots, older deteriorating pipes, and collapsed lines. The following guide will help you get to the root of your sewer line problems to have repairs done and get your drains flowing again:

1. Trees and Plants with Root Systems 

Trees, plants, and root systems are a serious problem that can damage sewer lines and other buried utility services. Therefore, you want to keep plant roots as far away from the sewer lines as possible. If you do have a problem with roots, the sewer line will need to be repaired. You should take steps to prevent future problems with roots growing in the pipes.

2. Problems with Outdated Pipe Materials

The old pipes of sewer lines are often vulnerable to decay and damage. Some of these pipe materials include cast iron and clay materials. Sometimes, these materials can be repaired and retrofitted with a liner, but usually, you will need to have the sewer line replaced with more modern materials that are less vulnerable to decay that can lead to plumbing problems.

3. Collapsing of Sewer Lines

The sewer lines that are buried outside your home are also vulnerable to heavy loads and collapsing. This can be because of driving over the areas where lines are buried, heavy objects like above ground pools, and materials that deteriorate and collapse. Usually, if this problem is causing the slow drains in your home, the line will need to be replaced.

4. Grime and Objects Stopping Up the Plumbing 

The plumbing in your home often has issues with grime that builds on the walls of pipes; especially in areas like kitchens. The problem is that grease and grime can also make its way to sewer lines, which can get worse if an object or clump of waste gets stuck in the line. To repair this problem, the sewer line will need to be cleaned to get the pipes flowing again.

These are some tips that will help you with the sewer line repairs that need to be done to get the drains in your home flowing again. If you have found damage to the sewer line outside your home, contact a sewer repair contractor for help with repairs and improvements to prevent future damage.