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3 Ways Sewer Lines Get Damaged

There are plenty of parts in your plumbing system that you see and touch daily. Your toilet. Your kitchen faucets. Your shower.

Your sewer line doesn’t make this list, though.

Does that make your sewer line any less important than those other plumbing fixtures and appliances?  No, of course not. In a way, it does make it more vulnerable, though.

A sewer line is really just a pipe. But even something as simple as a pipe can run into problems. There’s no engine, and there are no moving parts. There is still a lot that can go wrong.

Today we’ll look at some common ways in which sewer lines are damaged. We’ll also talk about what you can do to avoid such problems. As always, our Sunny Plumbers are here for your sewer line in Las Vegas.

1. The Trees! It’s the Trees!

Okay, that’s a little bit dramatic. It’s not like the trees on your property are out to get you. Fair enough. But you know what? They can still wind up getting your sewer line! How? By looking for nourishment.

Your trees need water. They get water from their roots in the ground. Sometimes the ground is dry, or there’s a teeny little crack in a pipe in that ground, and the water in the sewer line starts looking really good to those roots.

Then they burst in! Sucking up your drainage water! Which isn’t a big loss in and of itself. But it can really damage the sewer line. So be careful of tree, bush, and shrub location. Keep them away from sewer lines.

2. Look Out! They’re Coming!

What now? What’s after the sewer line? Construction vehicles. Landscaping vehicles. Contractors that don’t pay close enough attention to your property and its layout. Trust us, few things are more frustrating than such easily avoidable damage.

If you need any excavation done on your property, your contractor needs to know the lay of the land. It sounds obvious. It should be obvious. But these things happen. That’s why we’re warning you about it!

3. The Problem! It’s Coming from Inside the House!

That’s right, folks. Inside the house. Now we’re not placing blame here. We know that you’d never go out of your way to damage your own sewer line. That’d be absurd. But problems do still originate there. Frequently, even.

A major culprit is the toilet. More specifically, what’s being flushed down the toilet. If you have anything other than waste and toilet paper in the bowl, you’re doing it wrong. Even those items claiming to be “flushable” will cause clogs. Stick the following the trash, instead:

  • Diapers
  • Kitty Litter
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sanitary Products

While you’re at it, keep the following out of drains. Clean your drain traps regularly, too:

  • Hair
  • Fat, Oil, Grease (FOG)
  • Starchy Foods (Even if you have a disposal—they expand in water!
  • Coffee Grounds

If you have any questions or concerns about your sewer line, contact The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.


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