It’s not particularly pleasant to think about your home’s sewer line, but should you experience a back-up, or have trouble removing wastewater from your home, there is a likely chance your sewer line in Bryn Mawr, PA, is clogged. Any kind of sewer work requires a trained, licensed and certified expert, all qualifications that the plumbing professionals at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., hold. First, let’s review the signs that can indicate your sewer has clogged:
- Gurgling sounds from drains – are your drains gurgling every time you use them? This means there are unwanted air pockets in the pipe that are releasing air each time water passes through, which can indicate that a leak or crack has developed.
- Slow drainage – if the majority of your drains are draining slowly, this is a good indication that there is a clog deep in the system.
- Toilet won’t flush – if the sewer pipe is backed up from a clog, your toilets will no longer work.
- Foul odors – breaks in a sewer line don’t just release dirty water, they also release an unmistakable odor.
- Puddles in the yard – water released by a buried plumbing line, like your sewer line, will make its way to the surface, creating puddles in your yard.
So what are some of the causes of sewer clogging? Here are a few common ones:
- Tree roots – tree roots are notorious for infiltrating sewer lines and/or crushing them, creating significant damage to the line.
- FOG (fats, oils, grease) – FOG are some of the worst items to put in a drain as they cling, stick and solidify, creating a messy glop that when large enough, can create a major blockage.
- Mud – dirt shouldn’t be present in your sewer pipes, but if it is, it won’t breakdown and wash away like other materials; instead, it settles to the bottom and creates a build-up of mud that can seriously restrict water flow.
- Disposal of improper materials – some people treat their toilets like a garbage and the truth is your sewer line plumbing is designed to manage only human waste and toilet paper. When other items are consistently flushed down into the system, a blockage can develop.
Have concerns that your sewer in Bryn Mawr, PA, may be clogged? Call the experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., today and schedule an appointment.