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Tree Roots in Your Main Sewer Line

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Main Sewer Line

What to Do if You Suspect Tree Roots are Causing Damage to Your Main Sewer Line 2021

Most people have beautiful, established trees all over their yard. Although they clean the air and provide shade on a hot sunny day, they can cause some serious damage to your main sewer lines. How? Well, as trees get bigger, the roots get more established. Since plumbing systems are underground, the tree’s roots spread out and grow deeper into the ground. Some of them end up in main lines, creating blockages and even the breakage or collapse of water pipes. Once the roots have made their way into the mainline, you’ll need to call an emergency plumbing company. In this article, we share what to do if you suspect tree roots are causing damage to your main sewer line. 

Watch for Slow Drains.

If you start to notice your drains slowing down, there is a big possibility that tree roots have grown into your main line. This should make sense if you have trees all around your property. Your drain may just be clogged, so try using a plumbing drain solution. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to hire a plumber for an inspection.

Gurgling Noises in Your Drains

Even if water is draining properly but that action is always accompanied by gurgling sounds, that is an indication that there is something wrong with your plumbing. A properly working plumbing system should not make that disturbing sound. Plumbing companies in Sacramento say that this sound is likely due to a blockage. It’s best to contact your plumber immediately.

Water Stops Draining

This means that there is blockage and this is a great inconvenience to any household. Not only does it create a mess, but it also exposes your home to germs and bacteria that can lead to diseases. If corrosive solutions don’t work, then it’s quite likely that the problem is not just a regular clog – it is something bigger and does not “melt” easily.

If these are plumbing issues you are dealing with at home, then it’s time to call professional plumbers to have a look. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Also, if your plumbing woes are truly due to tree roots in your main sewer line, then that is not going to be a quick job to accomplish – the area around your mainline would have to be dug up, the roots have to be cut, and removed, the damages repaired, and so on. So call in the Fox Valley Plumbing pros as soon as possible to restore order in your home.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

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What Are the Signs of a Main Sewer Line Clog?

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Main Sewer Line Clog

What Are the Signs of a Main Sewer Line Clog?

A main sewer line clog rarely occurs out of the blue. More often than not, an attentive homeowner will see warning signs that indicate that there will be an imminent clog. Knowing what these signs are and watching out for these can save you from the hassles and costs associated with fixing clogged main sewer lines.

But before listing the signs of a main sewer line clog, it is a good idea to know a little bit about the anatomy of your home’s sewer line. Think of your home’s sewer line as something similar to a tree. On one hand, you have the main line which is essentially like a tree’s main trunk. The main sewer line runs across your home. The secondary lines are just like branches that run from the main line. When you have a main sewer line clog, this will mean that your whole home will be affected. On the other hand, if the problem is with the secondary line, the clog will be confined to just one area in your home.

What are the signs that there is a problem with your main sewer line?

One of these warning signs that you need to watch out for is water backing up out the drain. Sometimes, you will hear gurgling sounds from the drains. You are likely to notice these signs after using one area in your home. For example, if you notice that your toilet or the floor drain in one part of your home starts percolating after you used the washing machine, it is highly likely that you have a clog in the main sewer line.

If you live in a home with several trees on your property, you have to watch out for pipes that have been crushed by the roots of the trees. Two tell-tale signs of this problem are gurgling sounds and the sluggish flow of drains.

On the other hand, if you live in a relatively new home and you notice these signs, the probable cause of this problem is clogging due to products like toilet paper and feminine hygiene products blocking the sewer line.

What should you do if you notice these signs in your home? It is important to release the pressure that has built up in the sewer line. To do that, you need to shut off the water at the main and then remove the cleanout cap. Avoid using chemical-based drain cleaners as these may cause more harm than good.

If you are hiring a Fox Valley sewer company and their employees cannot find the cause of the problem, they might recommend a sewer line camera inspection to pinpoint the underlying cause of the issue.

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