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Insight To Help You Resolve Two Common Causes Of Sewer Line Blockages

Although your home's sewer lines are out of sight and below the soil, they are not out of mind when they form a clog and your home's waste drainage is disrupted. Restoring your home's plumbing system to proper working order is important for maintaining your home. Here are some tips and insight to help you deal with and remedy two causes of sewer line blockages.

Debris Blockage

When debris is rinsed and flushed into your home's sewer lines clog the line, you will need to remove the blockage to restore flow to your home's drainage system. If the clog is located just below a toilet or a sink, you can usually use a plunger on the drain to remove the blockage.

For a toilet, use a plunger with a flange to clear the blockage, which seals off the toilet bowl from the drain trap below. A flange on a plunger is a cup-shaped attachment on the interior of the plunger. For unclogging a sink, you should use a plunger that does not have a flange. This type of cup-shaped plunger will seal off the sink drain as it forces air into the lines to remove the blockage.

If the blockage is further into the sewer pipe, you will need to use a sewer snake or auger to remove the blockage. You can buy and attach a sewer snake to your electrical corded drill to power the auger and clear the line, or hire a professional plumber to clear the blockage. Plumbers have access to snakes of a longer length and will be able to clear deeper blockages for you.

Aging Sewer Pipes

Depending on the age of your home, your home's sewer line connecting to the city's sewer may be getting old enough that is has begun to collapse or crumble. This can result in all your home's drains to flow slowly and back up into your home.

Many older homes were installed with pipes made of materials not meant to last as long as the house will exist, and they need to be replaced with a new PVC pipe that can last a century or more. Some of these antiquated pipes were made of materials, such as clay and a tar-impregnated cellulose fiber called Orangeburg pipe. The best way to determine if a line failure is the cause of your home's sewer line blockage is to hire a professional plumber to inspect the line with their camera. They can complete this work for you as they use their auger to clear the line and attempt to restore flow to the line.

Because the sewer pipe is failing, this is usually a temporary fix and the entire length of pipe will need to be replaced. Your plumber can quote you a price to excavate and replace the line with a new one.There are trenchless options for this type of replacement to help you save your yard's landscaping. To learn more, visit a website like