When You Should Clean Your Sewer?

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Most business owners don’t think about sewer cleaning at all. It’s out of sight and out of mind until an unforeseen problem occurs. Sewer lines are hidden so it can be hard to recognize when and if there is a problem. Having your sewer lines regularly cleansed can uncover potential problems before they cause damage. Here is all about when you should clean your sewer and what signs to look out for that indicate your sewer lines need to be cleaned.  

How often should sewer lines be cleaned?

As a safety measure, it’s best to have a sewer cleaning every 18-22 months. This ensures that potential problems are caught before major damages occur. If problems happen more often than that, then it is probably time to have a video inspection done to your sewer lines. This will allow professionals to see through the pipes and determine what the issue is. This allows the professional to give a proper recommendation for whatever repair is necessary to fix the problem.

What causes sewer lines to back-up?

Not all back-ups are due to dirty pipes. There are several things that can be responsible for a back-up such as tree roots, bellied pipe, and grease. Tree roots can penetrate your pipes which is the number one cause behind sewer line back-ups. When the roots grow into the pipes they fill it entirely. A bellied pipe is basically just a sag in your pipe. When a sag develops in a sewer pipe, it causes a belly effect. This is usually caused when the solid surrounding the pipe begins to loosen which results in the pipe becoming unstable and begin to sink. Over time, the bellied pipe can accumulate waste which ends up turning into blockage. Grease is one of the worst things to happen to pipe lines. It’s common for grease to end up being poured down the sink. This grease eventually turns into a solid and creates a massive back-up. The only way to fix this back-up is by having a massive sewer cleaning done that usually involves your sewer line to be hydro jetted.

What warning signs are there to indicate it is time for another sewer cleaning?

There are a few warning signs to look out for that indicate it is time for a sewer cleaning. Look out for raw sewage backing up into drain or toilets, gurgling sounds coming from pipes, water surrounding floor drains, multiple or reoccurring clogged drains, slow drains, and sewer odors.

Keeping your sewer pipe lines clean is important to keep your business open. Having your sewer lines cleaned every 18-22 months can help you to avoid the hassle of sewer back-up or allowing a problem to go undetected until it causes massive damages.  

 

Mike Hall