Let’s face it. Sometimes, we get a little lazy and we don’t do things by the book. Sometimes, our indifference and bad habits can come back to bite us, especially with a sensitive and delicately balanced system like the home sewer. Here are some typical bad home habits that can cause sewer issues, and some tips for avoiding them.
Your sewer is designed to handle organic waste and toilet tissue, not other discarded elements. People often flush things like cotton swabs, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products, but those foreign objects tend to catch and build up in the sewer line, leading to clogs and backups. Stick to what your system was designed for, and you shouldn’t run into any issues.
Whether planting a tree, building a fence or outbuilding, digging a plot for a garden, or letting kids burn energy with an impromptu backyard treasure hunt, there’s a chance of hitting water lines. In most cases, water lines are at least two feet beneath the surface of the soil, but settling earth, landscaping changes, or inaccurate measurements can reduce that depth considerably. Besides, it’s not unheard of for children to hatch overzealous plots to dig to the center of the earth. Breaching these lines can cause major issues with erosion, flooding, and even overwhelm the public sewer system. Public sewers can back up into your home and cause big problems.
Avoiding issues with buried lines is as easy as calling 811, the utility location service. They’ll tell you where gas, electric, and water lines are so you don’t cause yourself the headache of flooded basements or no running water.
For most people, the sewer is out of sight and out of mind. Until trouble arises, that is. We understand that a sewer isn’t the most fun or exciting part of home chores. But it’s an important and central element of the wellbeing of your home and your family. Have your fixtures and lines checked every year and a half or so—especially in advance of expected heavy storms. That way, you’ll catch small problems before they become big problems and stay on top of your sewer’s health.
Maybe you haven’t been so on-top of your home habits, and one of these sewer issues has cropped up. We proudly serve homeowners in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Redmond, and beyond. If you’ve got a project in mind or need inspection or servicing for existing plumbing, contact us for further information and help with your problems.
For more urgent appointments, Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency burst pipe repair services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.
The idea of “out of sight, out of mind” is a reality for many of us. But when it comes to the important systems that allow us to indoor water and toilets, it can be costly (and frankly, disgusting) when sewage lines misbehave. The low cost of sewer inspections makes it a no-brainer when you consider alternatives like full-scale pipe replacement or cleaning up water damage inside your home. Need more reasons why?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, they say. Nowhere is this more true than with your sewer line. Sewer line replacement can be costly– and most people would prefer to avoid the horror of discovering an offensive back-up bubbling up through the bathtub drain. A yearly or bi-annual sewer inspection can help you sniff out clogs that could become a problem, small cracks that could become big issues, or intrusive root growth typical to the greater Seattle area.
If you’ve just bought a house or are looking to buy a house, it’s a perfect time for a sewer inspection. Sewer inspections are not a part of the typical pre-purchase home inspection process in Seattle and elsewhere. You wouldn’t buy a home before knowing if you will need to replace the roof or fix the foundation – but many of us make huge investments without knowing what’s going on with the sewer system. With a sewer inspection, you can see if there are any cracks or roots that could cause trouble later, or if there is a catastrophic failure that hasn’t been noticed yet.
If you already have a plumbing issue going on at home – from slowed water drainage to multiple-drain backups – get a sewer inspection from Best Plumbing. Both you and your plumber can get a clear picture of what is going on downstream, so the real problem can be appropriately addressed. We’ll be happy to help with any plumbing issue you might have — and a sewer inspection is a great place to start. Why waste time and money rooting out an issue above ground that could be easily checked with a sewer inspection?
Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
If you’re looking for an expert plumber in Seattle, Washington, contact or stop by Best Plumbing today. We’re the one-stop, all-service plumbing and sewer solution for residents in the Puget Sound area. We’re here to help, all day every day.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood.
Issues with sewer lines can take many forms, but all of them can lead to major damage if not dealt with quickly. We’ve outlined a few common issues we’ve seen time and again in the field.
When flushed items fail to flow through your sewer line properly, they can build up and eventually cause a blockage. So-called “flushable” items like single-use wipes, diapers, paper towels, and tissues often block up sewer lines and can lead to damage. Your sewer line will show signs of blockage long before a major event occurs. Slow drains, water draining from one fixture to another, and bubbling sounds in pipes are may be signs of a sewer blockage. If you notice any of these, give Best Plumbing a call immediately as it could be a sign of potential sewer failure.
Trees are a staple of any yard, but they can do major damage to your sewer line. Tree roots will spread and grow to get the water they need, especially during the summer months. If these roots get near your sewer line, they can cause blockages or fully collapse the pipes over time. You can help prevent this by regularly watering your trees during warmer months and planting any new trees away from your sewer lines.
Deteriorating or corroding pipes are especially common in older homes. Homes without a PVC-based sewer line are likelier to need a sewer line replacement. Sewer line integrity declines over decades, with iron or copper pipes needing to be replaced between every 30-50 years. It’s difficult to predict when problems will arise; regular inspections and maintenance are critical so you can get ahead of any issues.
In many cases, it will be cheaper in the long run to have your sewer lines replaced instead of repairing them, especially when it comes to tree root damage and pipe corrosion. While patchwork can help remediate the situation in the short term, we can’t guarantee that issues won’t come up again.
Best Plumbing has been serving residents in the greater Puget Sound area since 1968. If you need help repairing, installing, or maintaining your sewer line then give us a call. In addition to our normal hours, we are available 24/7 for emergency services. We’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs!