A home sewer line clog can mean big problems for homeowners here in Hayward. When a sewer line can no longer effectively drain water and waste away from your home, that said water and waste has to go somewhere. If too much water accumulates, you could be looking at a disastrous home flooding situation.
Thanks to quick, smart action on the part of the homeowner, most sewer line blockage incidents don’t rise to that level of destruction. Still, keep this in mind: if you even suspect that your home’s sewer line has been clogged or obstructed, shut off the water and call the plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing immediately.
In this article, we’ll review some of the reasons you need to deal with sewer clogs immediately, some of the signs of blockages to look for, and some preventative measures you can take to prevent sewer clogs in your home and on your property.
Understanding the root causes of sewer line issues
In order to put an effective prevention plan into place, you should understand the main sewer line clog causes. Knowing the most frequent reasons for these blockages can help you avoid creating the conditions that lead to them.
1. Avoid using your toilet as a garbage disposal
People often create issues in their home plumbing by using their toilets as all-purpose waste bins. You shouldn’t throw anything in your toilet that you would normally deposit in a trash can.
2. Keep a separate disposal container for kitchen grease
Even if you run the water while you pour kitchen grease down the drain, the oil will tend to block your pipes once it solidifies. A simple way to keep your sewer line clean is to put grease in a separate container, such as a glass jar with a lid that you can later throw away.
3. Check for potential issues on your property
At ABC Cooling Heating & Plumbing, we often see how insidious tree roots can invade pipes. Many homeowners don’t suspect trees on their property could be culprits in a sewage block. However, trees growing close to residential pipes can cause sewer line problems.
4. Don’t rely on commercial drain cleaners to resolve a clog
Although drain cleaners are marketed as effective ways to clear up a clogged pipe, these products can sometimes exacerbate the problem. A simple blockage can become worse if you dump the wrong chemical down your pipes.
Know when to call a professional
What you do with your home drains is directly connected to what happens with your main sewer line, which is the plumbing that leads to the public sewer system. If all of your home drains are blocked, this could be a sign of a clogged sewer line.
Contact the expert plumbers at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing when you suspect an obstruction has reached your main sewer line. Our trained professionals have the tools and the know-how to properly resolve your plumbing issue without creating any additional damage.