A sewer in need of cleaning won’t always make it obvious that it needs to be cleaned. Whereas a smelly sewer informs everyone around that there’s a problem to be fixed, not all sewers will smell bad right away. A build-up of materials inside a sewer, invasive tree branches, and drain obstructions can all lead to particularly nasty odors being released into the air, but sometimes smaller and less noticeable problems can go unchecked. The longer these problems go without being addressed, the more likely it is that more issues will occur. The accumulation of various small blockages can eventually lead to a pretty big, and sometimes nasty, issue.
A partial blockage may go unnoticed until the problem worsens. Material buildup is also common and can escalate into being a costly hassle if left alone. For this reason, it would be smart to invest the time and money into having your sewage drains cleaned regularly and properly by a professional.
What Causes Sewer & Drain Clogs
Sewer drain clogs occur when obstructions in a drain prevent it from doing its job. A clog can exist in a single drain, or it can be in the main sewer line. If only a single toilet or sink is acting up, the clog is probably in that particular drain, and can usually be addressed locally. On the other hand, if all such appliances are refusing to drain quickly, are making noises, or smell bad, then the clog exists in the mainline.
A sewer can become clogged due to:
- Excess amounts of hair entering a drain
- Sagging sewer lines
- An accumulation of debris such as grass, leaves, mud, clay, or because of tree branches
Regardless of the cause, a clogged sewer is a big problem that needs to be addressed promptly, or else it can lead to much more widespread and costly damage.
Top Ways To Prevent Future Clogs
The best way to prevent clogs is to take preventative action and use anything that’s connected to a drain properly.
Be Careful What You Flush Down The Toilet
First and foremost, you’ll want to ensure that you, and everyone else in your household or building, isn’t using toilets like a wastebasket.
- There are a limited number of things that should be flushed down a toilet.
- Flushing anything else will create a build-up of debris over time. This will eventually lead to clogging.
- Sanitary napkins/wipes, paper towels, diapers, and other products that aren’t toilet paper should not be flushed down a toilet.
Watch What Goes Down The Garbage Disposal
Another thing to avoid is dumping too much down your garbage disposal.
- This creates a risk of clogging because everything will make its way into the drain all at once.
- Fat or grease should not be dumped down a drain. These things can grow hard inside your drains and lead to clogging.
Invest In A Drain Trap
Preventing large amounts of hair from going down showers and bathroom sinks can also prevent both local and system-wide clogs.
- Putting a drain trap that catches hair before it goes down the drain can greatly reduce the risk of clogging later down the line.
Replace Old Drain Lines
Older sewage and drain systems should be replaced when possible.
- Unlike modern plumbing materials, older drains were made from materials that decay and weaken over time.
- This can lead to “sagging pipes,” which in turn lead to pesky clogs.
Dangers Of Sewer Cleaning Products
Although it may be tempting, you would be better off avoiding any seemingly cheap and easy sewer drain cleaning fixes. Sewer cleaning products and tools are either inexpensive and ineffective. More often than not, any advertised cheap fix to cleaning your sewer will end up costing you money without fixing anything at all, and sometimes, can make problems worse.
- Drain-cleaning fluids, for example, are not only ineffective at clearing away clogs, but they also have been shown to damage pipes.
- Plus, most drain fluids are made up of caustic and hazardous materials that can pose risks if they are stored in the home. This temporary fix could end up costing a lot more money than the money you save by not hiring a sewage and drain professional.
The proper tools for adequately dealing with drain clogs and sewer cleanings cost upwards of $30,000. It doesn’t make sense to spend this much on a machine that will take up space in your garage or storage a majority of the time.
Professional Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services
Rather than invest in a large, expensive piece of equipment that you’ll have to teach yourself how to use or an inexpensive and ineffective tool, we think it makes more sense to hire professionals to get the job done. This way, cleaning your sewers and drains becomes far more affordable, and the task will be completed the right way, quickly and efficiently.
While you may think to call a general plumber, sewer cleaning is best accomplished by seasoned veterans. Because we specialize in sewers and drains, we’ve seen and dealt with all imaginable scenarios. We have years of experience to prove that we will get the work done and that we will do it well.
We also have the best tools for the job. It doesn’t make sense for a general plumber to invest money in the top sewer and drain cleaning equipment because they wouldn’t make their money back on their investment — they simply do not clean sewers and drains enough to make the purchase worth it. If a general plumber does have access to this expensive equipment, it’s more likely that they will pass on the cost to you. We can provide you with the best service, equipment, and prices because it is what we do best.
If you have any questions about sewage drain cleaning, feel free to drop us a line or contact us via our website.