Your sewer line deals with a high volume of wastewater, which is why any problems may not be immediately evident. By the time most homeowners realize something may be wrong, the issue has likely existed for some time within the sewer line. Thankfully, with a little attention and some help from your plumber, you can spot sewer line problems before they get out of hand.
Slow Drains and Frequent Clogs. Each of your home's drains connects to your sewer line. A problem within the line can cause multiple drains in your home to become slow. Sometimes, you may find a smaller clog somewhere within your home's plumbing that affects more than one drain. Other times, a greater issue exists in the sewer line, affecting every drain in your home.
Nearby Tree Roots. Tree roots seek out moisture, so a leaky sewer line can become a problem. It only takes a pinhole-sized leak to allow a tree root to infiltrate, and once it is inside the line, it can grow until it becomes an obstruction. Tree roots can cause multiple problems, from slow drains to clogs and eventual backups.
Older and already-compromised pipes are at greater risk of damage from these roots. Entire pipe sections may need to be replaced in the event the tree roots have damaged them beyond repair. If you are experiencing slow drain issues, have your plumbing service inspect your sewer line to identify the cause of the problem.
Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical can help to identify and rectify any sewer line problems you may have. Contact us when it is time to have your sewer line inspected or at the first sign of slow drains. Visit our website or call (206) 720-2040 for more information.