Clogged sewers are some of the most common and frustrating issues that homeowners in Peoria, Arizona, face. Since every drain in your home is connected to the sewer, a problem in one drain can easily affect the entire system. Knowing the main causes of clogs can help you to avoid the problem.
Any obstructions in the sewer line can cause it to block. Since the sewage won’t flow properly, you’ll start to experience frequent backups. When your sewer pipes get leaks and ruptures, they’ll start to gurgle since the misaligned connections will cause complete failure.
When the sewer line clogs, water will start to back up in random places. The water you flush in the toilet might appear in the shower.
The following are the ways to deal with clogged sewer lines.
1. Repair the Damaged Pipes
Replacing the defective cast iron pipes with modern PVC alternatives that don’t rust can help alleviate the problem. A professional plumber will identify the clog and dig out the broken pipes. The next step involves measuring out the replacement for installation and testing to ensure the sewage flows properly. Alternatively, you can repair a broken pipe without doing a difficult excavation job. You can reline the broken pipes with composite resins that introduce crack-resistant pipes within the broken ones.
2. Correct the Sewer Line Belly
If the ground settles as a result of the soil conditions, the sewer line will follow suit. Before replacing the broken pipes, the plumber must insist on proper bedding and compaction. Plumbers begin by digging a trench and filling the ground underneath the pipe. In some situations, concrete reinforcements may be necessary to prevent the pipes from sagging once the ground settles. Besides supporting the pipe, setting a slope of ¼ inch for every foot can help the sewer line work properly.
3. Remove Tree Root Infiltration
If some of your trees have some invasive roots, they’ll break the pavements and eventually reach your sewer pipes. Turning the plumbing auger with a bit of force can help break and pull out the roots. The terminal at the end of the hydro jet acts like a motorized auger to shred the roots while the force of the water expels them. It’s important to inspect the drain with a camera first to examine the pipe before using a hydro jet.
Hydro-jetting can only help deal with small roots. If the damage is severe, a plumber will consider trenchless sewer replacement. Plumbers use fiberglass tubes with epoxy resins. After blowing the pipe, the epoxy cures and hardens to create a pipe within a pipe.
4. Eliminate Foreign Objects in Toilets
The main reason you’re discouraged from flushing foreign objects down the toilets is the blockages that follow. For safety, turn off the main water supply to the toilet. Try using a plunger to reach the materials that block the toilet. You can use dish soap to lubricate the clogged pipe and force the lodged debris to slide down easily. The plumber will use an auger or plumbing snake to unclog the toilet. Use a straight plumbing snake for sink drains and a J-bend for toilet bowls. Alternatively, try to remove the debris with a high-pressure drain blaster.
5. Clean the Garbage Disposal Drains
If allowed to build up in the pipes, grease attracts lots of other foreign objects that can clog the sewer. You can dissolve the grease by pouring boiling water into the drain. Use vinegar and baking soda to dissolve little amounts of grease. If your drains have stubborn clogs that won’t budge, consider investing in a mini sink plunger. Pressing the rubber lip creates a vacuum so you can easily push the air through the pipes and loosen the tough clogs. If the clog is further down the line, a plumber will use high-tech equipment to locate it. If the chemicals won’t dissolve the grease, a plumber can use a high-pressure drain blaster to blow air and water into the sewer to unclog it.
6. Unblock the Municipal Sewer
Even if you take the necessary precautions, some of the sewer clogs might result from the municipal sewer. A professional plumbing company will dig up the pipes, remove the clog, and replace the part of the sewer line without compromising the integrity of your line. The process involves hydro-jetting the main sewer line and snaking the clog between your house and the municipal mainline. If the problem isn’t within your property, a plumber can get the licenses to repair the sewer along the road reserve.
7. Unblock the Shower
If soap and hair accumulate in the shower, the drains will clog no matter how hard you try to clear them. If you can’t locate the clog, a professional plumber can use cameras to find the position of the gunk. You can also invest in a drain hair catcher to protect your shower from such problems. This drain hair catcher is easy to install and remove once it gets clogged with hair and soap. If the conventional methods don’t work, try using chemicals to dissolve the debris. Chemicals such as caustic drain cleaners contain active substances such as caustic potash and lye. The alkaline solution reacts with the acidic properties of debris to create the soluble by-products that dissolve in water.
8. Eliminate Mineral Buildup
Over time, minerals can cause scale buildup that accumulates to the point where it causes the sewer to clog. A combination of techniques that involve snaking the pump and using a high water pressure jet can get rid of minerals and grease that clogs your sewer. A straight plumbing snake is ideal for removing the scale buildup. If the problems persist, a plumber will use a motorized plumbing snake. Depending on the severity of the problem, you might need to use a hydro-jet. Plumbers use water from a hydro jet to pressurize the clogs from the sewer.
9. Unclog the Sink
A household plunger can help unclog the sink. If you have a double sink, start by sealing off the second side with a stopper. Press the plunger over the drain and push vigorously several times. Once you clear the clog, remove the plunger and flush the sink with warm water. If the plunger doesn’t solve the problem, remove the P-trap underneath the sink. Position a bucket underneath the drain to prevent the debris from falling out. Unfasten the P-trap and remove any food materials that might be causing the blockage. Then replace the P-trap and run water through it. If the clogs are becoming persistent, contact a professional plumber.
Contact a Professional Plumber
Besides causing immense discomfort and headache, a clogged sewer is a health hazard. If water doesn’t go down the drain, you need to call an experienced plumber immediately. Unblocking a clogged sewer isn’t a job you can do yourself. At Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning, we’ve provided professional plumbing services to property owners in Peoria, AZ, for several decades.
With our high-tech equipment and knowledge, we can find and eliminate the clog within a short time. Other services we offer include heating and cooling repair and installation. If you’re having problems with a clogged sewer line, contact us today so we can diagnose and fix it immediately.