Prevent a Sewer Dig UpWet front yards are not a strange occurrence during the spring months as heavy rains saturate the earth. But if you have a yard that continues to stay wet, even after everything else has dried, you may have a damaged sewer line. A broken sewer line is not a problem that should be taken lightly.

Signs of a Damaged Sewer Line

There are a couple warning signs that you may have a damaged sewer line. First, if your yard, or a portion of your yard is constantly soaking wet, that is one of the biggest warning signs. If you smell a foul smell, like sewage, you most likely have a damaged sewer line. Other signs of a damaged sewer line are: toilet bowl water levels that rise and fall, slow running or backed up drains, or sink holes around your property. If these all sound familiar to you, then it is definitely time for you to call a plumber. Unfortunately, a sewer dig up may be inevitable.

Preventing Sewer Damage

Avoid Pouring Fats and Oils Down Your Sink

There are several things a person can to prevent damage to their sewer and avoid a costly sewer dig up.  One way is to never rinse cooking fats, oils, and grease down your sink. This is because when these fats, oils, and greases sit in your sewer line, they form hardened masses and can eventually cause a build up along the sewer line.

Avoid Planting Trees Near Sewer Line

Avoid planting trees and shrubbery near your sewer line. This is especially important for older homes. Years ago, sewer lines used drain tiles made from clay. Over time, clay drain tiles proved to be troublesome, because as trees and bushes grew, their roots would reach these tiles. The roots would then eventually cause cracks in the drain tiles, as well as creating a buildup within the drain tile itself. Today cast iron drain tiles are typically used instead of clay.

Regularly Clean Your Sewer Line

Never flush non-dissolvable waste down the toilet. This includes paper towels, plastic wrappers, and feminine products. These build up within the sewer line, causing future headaches. It’s not worth it, just throw it in the trash can.

And finally, it is important to regularly flush rock salt through your sewer line. Doing this helps to clean any buildup that has been forming. Once or twice a month, 8oz-16oz should be flushed down your toilet to ensure a clean sewer line.

If you believe you may have a blocked or damaged sewer line, don’t shrug it off. Call a plumber immediately to repair you sewer to prevent future damage. The plumbers at Chicagoland Plumbing are experienced in sewer rodding and repair. To set up an appointment, call 708-428-4600 or 815-463-1900 and we’ll have a plumber out to your home as soon as possible.