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3 Common Home Sewer Problems

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As a homeowner, you expect to endure many problems. Maybe your siding is stained, your carpet is dirty, or your windows need replacing. These are all things that can usually be handled quickly and easily without further problems. Unfortunately sewer problems are one of the most complicated problems for homeowners. They can creep up at any moment and be devastating to the home causing you a lot of money to get fixed properly. Sometimes your sewer issues can come without warning, while other times there may be some symptoms that will appear letting you know something is wrong. In order to be proactive, here are three of the most common sewer problems you could experience with your sewer system. Be sure to ask about them during your next home inspection by a plumber.

Tree Roots

One of the most common problems that plague sewers of all types is tree roots. Tree roots have a tendency to spread over the years. They can quickly move into your sewer lines causing holes and blockages. Tree roots are some of the hardest to clear from a drain due to how strong they can be. It can also be very invasive when the plumbers go into your plumbing to clear them out. Thanks to technology, many plumbers rely on hydro jetting equipment to help break up the roots and remove them for good. If you have trees near your sewer lines, you want to be sure to remove them. The average cost of hydro jetting typically runs between $800 to $1200

Old Age

As your plumbing lines continue to age, they become more susceptible to cracks in them. Plumbing in older homes are likely to be composed of clay and cast iron. These materials are known to break down over time. Nowadays, more and more plumbing is being constructed of plastic. This type of material is less likely to break down. Some cracks are very difficult to find. A sewer scope is able to locate even the smallest crack. This usually takes about an hour to diagnose. The best way to repair this issue is to line the pipes with a sleeve that will help coat the pipe and prevent leaks. 


It is important that you remain careful dumping anything down your plumbing lines. Grease, napkins, diapers and more are quick to clog up your sewer lines. In an effort to avoid  this, you have to provide regular maintenance on your sewer lines by keeping them clean. Your local plumber can flush out your lines routinely to help prevent any clogs from forming. If you do see signs of a clog like slow draining, sounds coming from the drains, and leaks occurring, you should call your local plumber to conduct a sewer scope to see what the problem may be.