While we spend countless hours of time fiddling with the latest electronic gadgets, we often overlook the basic infrastructure of our Doylestown, PA homes. Our plumbing usually taken for granted—that is, of course, until we run into a problem. Along with the water supply system, our sewerage system comprises our basic plumbing, and provides the rapid and efficient disposal of wastewater out of the home and into the septic tank or municipal waste management system. Occasionally, whether due to age or damage, our sewerage system may require repairs. Let’s take a look at some causes for sewer repair. When you need professional service, call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling!
- Clogging. Hair, grease, food scraps, and even toys may find their way down the drains and into the sewer line. Such substances may not completely block the passage of wastewater in and of themselves, but when they accumulate with other substances, they can form a thick wall that may clog your plumbing entirely. The use of harsh chemicals to break up these blockages can often damage your plumbing, and will be useless in the case of a serious sewer line clog, which is far from the fixtures and drains within your home.
- Inefficiency. While you may not have encountered a total blockage, there may be times when it seems as though your wastewater is very slow to drain. When a plunger or auger doesn’t seem to do the trick, the problem might be deep in your sewer line, well out of the reach of the homeowner’s tool-set. The problem may be accumulated organic waste or even mineral deposits, which have significantly reduced the aperture of the piping.
- Root penetration. While we often think of trees as static, if slow-moving, objects, they are incredibly powerful. In an area of large trees with complex and extensive root systems, the risk of a root penetrating your sewer line is high. While roots move at relatively slow rates, they exert incredible pressure, and may crush or crack your sewer line. This can cause sewage to leak into your backyard, or significant reductions in the efficiency of wastewater disposal.