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Checking Your Sewer System to Avoid Disaster

Imagine feeling satisfaction having just finished your last load of laundry. You’re ready to settle down with a glass of wine or beer to congratulate yourself on a job well done, but before you do, you go to the restroom. There, you’re met with an angering and discouraging situation: your toilet is overflowing. You haven’t even used it in the past hour! What the heck is going on?

It may be that your sewer is clogged, and sadly, this is actually usually preventable, so it didn’t need to come to this. Knowing how to prevent clogs all starts with getting the right sewer system services. If you’re not sure where to start or when it’s needed, be sure to read this article!

How do You Know Your Sewer System?

whatsewersystemThe sewer system is the most important part of your home’s waste disposal since it’s where all that...stuff...goes. It’s vital that there is enough room in it and no clogs in the plumbing, or else there can be huge, disgusting problems that will arise.

All your home’s drain pipes and toilet pipes converge into a main line called a stack, which connects to the septic tank or public sewage system. If you have a septic tank on your property, it’s fully your responsibility to make sure it isn’t clogged up, too full, or leaking.

If you’re connected to the public sewage system, then you’re only responsible for the plumbing system in your home as well as the main line that connects your home to the public sewage system. Making sure your sewer system works well is vital to ensuring your comfort and safety, as sewage issues can easily turn into a sanitary nightmare.

How to be Proactive

sewersystemcheckIt’s important to make sure your sewer system is checked every year to every 22 months. A professional can ascertain your sewer system is in good working order and clean out your system, and identify if there are any issues before they occur.

By being proactive instead of reactive, it’s possible to avoid many of the issues we’ll soon describe. In case of an emergency or for an inspection, make sure to figure out if you have a sewer clean-out.

This is a capped pipe connecting to your main sewer line--sometimes there’s also more than one clean-out. This is where you can drain excess water or where a professional can access the system to flush clogs and use tools for inspection and cleaning in case of a severe clog.

You can often find a sewer clean-out by your property line, outside the home, or in the basement. Sometimes it’s buried, so it might be necessary to find it underground, and if you don’t have one, it’s possible to install.

Alarming Signs of a Sewer Blockage

blockedsewersystemIf your pipes leak in your home, it can seep into your flooring, which can cause smells, sanitary dangers, and even fines from the health department. As described earlier, one sign of a sewage problem could be the toilet overflowing after doing laundry.

Sometimes sewage can come back up out of the shower or sink drains. Gurgling in your drains or toilet is also a really bad sign. If the toilet won’t flush or multiple fixtures are clogged up, then you have a major sewer system clog on your hands.

Sometimes these can be caused by things you do in the home, while other times it could simply be tree roots were attracted to the moisture in pipe cracks and grew into the pipes until they started causing a blockage. Do you know the current state of your sewer system?

If you haven’t had it cleaned and inspected in several years, or if you’re experiencing some of the clogging issues described above, then call Iran Hansen and Sons Plumbing today at (775) 626-7777, and our professionals will make sure your sewage system is in great working condition to avoid unpleasant disasters.