5 Things That Can Lead to Sewer Blockage
A sewer line, whether used by the community or in a residence alone, is not immune to blockages that cause pipe trouble and plumbing failure. Every plumbing ordeal may have come from different roots but one thing they all have in common is their penchant of yielding costly bills during repairs or replacements. Homeowners, who seem to be at the unfortunate end, experience more than one type of blockage. Remember that these blockages are not caused by one, common factor. They vary depending on factors around and happening to your plumbing lines. To know about the most common reason, read on.
1. Collapsing Pipeline
When sewer lines experience deterioration and damage, the component that gets the most damage is the structural strength of the pipe. Loosing this property causes the pipes to breakdown and collapse at any time. Since sewer lines are buried, additional stress is added to the pipe because of the dead load it carries. Anything that causes the weakening of the structural integrity of the pipe can directly cause it to collapse. In line to this, before the homeowner knows it, he will be faced with a blocked pipe and a slow to not working drainage system. The collapse of a segment of the sewage pathway can also cause sewer backup. You can only imagine the amount of stress and work that gives the homeowner, also the extent of the destruction that could pertain.
2. Muddy Surroundings
So, how did the mud get into the sewer lines? Well, contrary to the public assumption that there is little to no possible reason that mud and other sediments could enter the closed off plumbing system, it is in fact not an impossibility to have them inside the pipes. There could be a few overlooked entry points in your plumbing system. One of this is the illegally installed connections of pipes and drains from the garden. These connections can give mud entrance towards the sewer line. Another popular entrance path is through leaks and cracks in your pipe. Even when the amount of mud that entered the line is minuscule, because they cannot be decomposed, they stay inside to accumulate and eventually block the passage of water and waste.
3. Narrow Pipeline
Sewer lines that are smaller in diameter obviously offer lesser passage space, especially on an angular bend. Sewage systems carry different types of wastes and when these wastes stick to the walls and accumulate, it will not take such a long time before the pipe is completely blocked. As a result, the pipe is unusable, the system is faulty and there could be an impending backup.
4. Root Infestation
Root intrusion has been proven then and again to be one of the major causes of pipe blockage and eventual break down. When the vegetation around the home fails to get the fair amount of nourishment from the nearby surroundings, it ventures farther into the landscape for other sources and, in most cases, the closest supply of nourishment and moisture can be found within your sewer pipes. When the roots find their way into the pipe, the roots tend to enter and continue its growth within the pipe. Complete blockage of the pipe is to be expected when the pipe reaches its limits. Its can completely destroy the sewer line. Further damage will cause the pipe to break and allow entrance to soil.
5. Leftover Build-up
Some homeowners are not cautious when it comes to the wastes that go down the drain. This can pose quite a hazard to your sewage system. Food build-up such as vegetable and fruit peels, granules and bones accumulating and sticking to the walls of the pipe can eventually block the entire pipe and cause a backup or pipe breakage. This situation can be remedied with the use of a garbage disposal unit and being fully aware with what goes through the drain.