Posted on 6/7/2013

Sewer lines are not built to last forever. Even a tiny crack caused by a root will result in sewer line failure if left untreated. Flushing something as harmless as grease down the drain can ruin your sewer line. Keep reading to discover how to extend the life of your sewer line and what to do if you experience sewer line problems:

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Intrusive Tree Roots
One of the main causes of sewer line failure is a clog or stoppage caused by intruding tree roots, which can cause a pipe to crack and separate. If any moisture leaks out of your sewer line, it will attract the roots from nearby trees and plants, which will travel incredible distances to find moisture. As soon as a crack in the pipe occurs, it will only continue to grow, no matter how small the initial breakage was.

Decaying Pipes
Corrosion, decay, calcification, and scale buildup are common in sewer lines—especially those that have been in use for 50 years or longer. These forms of deterioration are caused mainly by hydrogen sulfide gas, which is a natural by-product of human waste and other materials found in sewage. While it is possible to use high-pressure water jetting to provide relief from clogs and stoppages caused by decay and buildup, this remedy gradually wears down the walls of the sewer line. Over time, high-pressure water jetting will result in sewer line failure.

Clogs from Flushing Inappropriate Materials
If you put grease down your drain or flush it down your toilet, it will collect in the sewer line until it creates a thick clog. Never flush paper products (other than toilet paper), food waste, bandages, dental floss, medicine, hair, kitty litter, pads and wipes, cigarettes, cotton balls, or disposable diapers down the drain.

If your sewer line has started to clog, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (888) 349-8161. We’re located in Libertyville, and offer a range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Please visit our website to learn more about what we can do for you.