We don’t want sewage backups in our homes so we will discuss how to prevent them. We will discuss the most common reasons for a blocked sewage system. This is not a complete list. If you experience sewage backups, and are unable to identify the cause using this guide, it is always best that you call a Long Beach plumber.

Sewer Line Damage Signs

First, identify whether your sewer line is damaged. You can look out for the following signs:

Difficulties with Draining

It could be a sign of a blockage in your sewage line if your drains take a while to drain.

Foul Smells

Unpleasing odors coming from your drains could indicate that something is blocking your main sewer line.

Mildew or Mold Growth

Imagine that mold or mildew has grown around your drains. You may need a sewer line repair.

Flooding in the House

Flooding water can indicate a serious blockage in your sewer line. Do not attempt to repair the flooding yourself. These signs are a sign that your sewer line needs to be inspected.

Sewer Line Damage: Common Causes

Now that we have covered some warning signs that your system might be failing, let’s take a look at the most common reasons that your sewage system is deteriorating.

Shrubs and Roots of Trees

Tree roots can expand and cause problems in your sewage system. Roots can cause damage to pipes or block them entirely. A professional should inspect any trees or shrubs that are near your home.

Collapsing Sewer Pipes

Another common cause of sewer line damage is a collapsing pipeline. This can be caused by a variety of factors, but the most common cause is poor installation or age. It is important to contact a Long Beach plumber if you suspect your sewage line may be collapsing.

Ground Movement

Sewer line problems can arise when the ground around your sewer line shifts over time. This is more common in areas where there is a lot clay. Clay is susceptible to shrinking and swelling. It is important to have your sewer line maintained if you live in an area that has a lot of clay.

Flushing Debris and Foreign Objects Can Cause Pipe Clogging

Pipes can also become clogged with foreign and debris. This is more common in homes that have young children or pets. You should have your sewage lines checked regularly if you live in an area that experiences a lot of severe storms.

Clogs in residential sewer lines are most commonly caused by hair, toilet paper, hair, human waste and trash cans. You may need to clean your sewer line more frequently if you have many people living in your home.

Extreme Heat and Cold

Your plumbing system can be damaged by extreme weather. The pipe can crack or break if the ground around it freezes. A broken sewer pipe can occur when the soil around your pipe is too hot. It is important to have your sewage lines inspected if you live in an area that experiences a lot of severe storms.

Degradation of Chemical Compounds in Pipes

Sewer line damage can result from the chemical compound slowly deteriorating over time. This is more common in homes with poor or outdated plumbing. If you live in an older house, it is important to have your sewage line checked by a professional every few years.

Grease Down the Drain

Greasing the drain is another common reason for sewer line damage. Grease can block your gutters and lead to a blockage. It’s important to have your sewer line cleaned by professionals if you suspect you have a grease problem.

There are many things that can cause sewer line damage. Some of these are within your control and others are out of your hands. Regular inspections by professionals are the best way to avoid sewer line problems. If you notice any problems, don’t hesitate calling a local Long Beach Plumber.