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From Roots to Blockages: Common Types of Sewer Problems

From Roots to Blockages: Common Types of Sewer Problems - Bio-One of Marion County

Dealing with sewage backup problems is a nasty business that no one wants to tackle, but unfortunately, it's a problem that many homeowners have to face at least once in their lives. Sewer problems can pop up anytime, and knowing what causes them, how to spot them, and what to do if they happen in your home will leave you prepared in case these emergencies arise. Let's discuss the most common types of sewer problems and sewage backup issues and provide tips for tackling them!

Keep in mind, that these environments are dangerous and should be treated by professionals. Bio-One of Marion County is here to help every step of the way.

Common Types of Sewer Problems

  1. Roots: The most common cause of sewer line damage is the growth of tree roots in search of water. The problem starts when small, flexible roots grow into tiny cracks in the pipes, which eventually widen and destroy the pipe. If this is the cause of the clog, try using a root-killing solution to unblock the pipe. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, contact a plumbing professional.
  2. Blockages: Blockages in the sewer line can be caused by various factors, including flushed items that shouldn't be flushed, like grease, food particles, feminine hygiene products, and toys. To prevent blockages, avoid throwing anything down the toilet that can't easily be flushed away. If your sewer line is already blocked, it's best to call a professional to help clear the blockage.
Clogged sink pipe.
Clogged sink pipe.

Common Types of Sewer Problems Involving Property Damage

  1. Broken pipes: Broken pipes occur when the soil surrounding the pipe shifts or settles, like in the case of construction work that isn't done correctly. If your pipes are broken, you may notice slow draining in your sinks, tubs, or toilets. If you suspect damage, a professional can perform a video camera inspection of your line and locate the damage. Repair options may include pipe relining, pipe bursting, or excavation depending on the extent of the damage.
  2. Sewer backups: These are the worst type of sewer problem and are caused when wastewater backs up into the home through the drains or toilets! Sewer backups can happen due to a blockage in the line, heavy rainfall, or a malfunctioning septic system. Since sewer backups contain dangerous bacteria and pathogens, it's essential to vacate the area and contact a professional sewage cleanup company immediately.
  3. Clogs in the sewage ejector pump: The sewage ejector pump pumps wastewater from the household to the municipal sewer line. A clog can cause a backup in the house, so it's essential to keep the system clean and well-maintained. Regular cleaning and inspections should be conducted by a professional plumber.
Sewage in bathroom.
Sewage in bathroom.

Bio-One of Marion County Can Help

Sewer problems are a headache that no homeowner wants, but they can be prevented by adopting some safety measures. Now that you're more aware of the common types of sewer problems, you can take steps to avoid them. In the case of a sewer backup, we can provide affordable sewage backup cleanup services to help restore your home. Give us a call today to learn more about our services!

Bio-One specializes in blood and bodily fluids, decomposition/undiscovered death, crime scene, suicide cleanup, tear gas, feces/urine, sewage backups, and odor removal. Helping people get their lives back in order is our #1 priority. 

Bio-One of Marion County is here to help you 24/7, 365 days a year! Call (317) 499-0614, and you'll speak directly to one of us when you call; there is never an answering service.  We'll treat you like a person with the compassion and respect that you deserve.