As a homeowner, you have a lot of routine maintenance things to do around your house to keep things running smoothly. You will also have preventative maintenance steps you want to do to help you avoid the likeliness of finding yourself dealing with some major issues. One of the things you definitely want to avoid having happen is a sewer backup. Here are some of the things you want to know about sewer backups so you can hopefully steer clear of this problem around your home:
Know about some of the common things that can cause a sewer to backup:
There are a lot of things that can cause the sewer to back up. However, some of the more common causes include things like having the roots of a tree grow into the sewer lines, having an excessive amount of grease accumulate, and dealing with pipe scale buildup.
Know the difference between different types of sewer lines:
Clay lines - In order to stay on top of the maintenance for your sewer lines you want to know what type your home has. If you have an older home that was built in the middle 50s or before then the chances are good that you will be dealing with clay sewer lines. If this is the case, then you should know that clay lines tend to have a lot of joints that turn and this means if you have trees in your yard then the chances can be good that roots may end up interfering with the lines. These lines can be professionally snaked with a special snake on an annual basis to prevent root problems from occurring. If you have trees removed then there are also chemicals that can be used to prevent leftover roots from becoming an issue.
Fiber conduit lines – For about a decade after clay sewer lines it was popular to go with fiber conduit sewer lines. The materials used in these lines makes them less susceptible to tree root problems. With these lines, you will be more concerned with the likeliness of the lines growing a shape deformity in them. If they become deformed then it can cause sewer backup. With these lines, a professional can choose from different types of tools and equipment to check on the condition of the lines and to help correct any issues that may be starting to appear.
Iron lines – The sewer lines used in newer homes are generally made of cast iron. The strength of these lines has helped to prevent the above issues from being as much of an issue for homeowners. However, they do present another possible problem and that is the development of limescale which can grow to block the insides of the lines which will cause sewer backup. A professional can use equipment that shoots a high-pressure stream of water through the lines to blast free a lot of the limescale that may be growing within the lines, so you can prevent full sewer backup.