Many plumbing problems are easy to spot – a dripping faucet, an overflowing toilet, a clogged kitchen drain – all common problems. Other plumbing problems can be hidden, yet can cause damage to your home if left unchecked. Here are some signs to look for that could indicate a serious plumbing, sewer or drain problem.
1. Water is draining slowly out of all sinks, tubs, toilets, dishwasher, etc. This usually indicates a blockage in the main line rather than a localized blockage. A plumber should inspect the main line for blockage. Over time the slow drain could beome a backed-up sewer line.
2. You hear water running but nothing is on. While a running toilet is a common plumbing noise, if you hear dripping or running water and you can't determine the source, call a plumber to have the cause located and to ensure there isn't a hidden water leak.
3. Mold is found under sinks or on ceilings. If you see mildew, mold, or water stains, it could be a sign of a water leak behind the wall. , 4.Your water bill has unexpectedly jumped. This could indicate a hidden water leak. Check your water meter to see if water is used when all faucets and water using appliances are turned off.
5. Your Toilet is gurgling or bubbling after flushing. This could be a sign of a backed up sewer line. A video inspection can find the cause of sewer line stoppages.
6. Water pressure has dropped. If the water pressure has only dropped for a single source, such as a faucet or shower head, it's likely the aerator or shower head have accumulated mineral deposits and needs cleaning. Ensure that all supply valves are completely open. If the water pressure has dropped throughout the entire home, have a plumber inspect the plumbing.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your home's sewer line (also called the lateral) that runs from sewer main in the street that is owned by the city. By performing regular sewer line maintenance and fixing the small problems before they lead to major repairs like a backed-up sewer line, you can extend the life of the sewer line.
So what causes sewer line damage? The most common problem we see is tree root intrusion. Tree roots are drawn to the water and nutrients inside the pipe. If a sewer pipe develops even a small gap or crack, you can be sure that tree roots will find a way in where they will eventually obstruct the flow of waste and potentially break open a pipe joint.
There are several ways you can prevent sewer line problems.
1.Watch what you put down the drain. Never pour grease, paint or other thick liquids down the drain. Even if a product says it's "flushable", play it safe safe and throw it in the trash rather than flushing paper towels, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, q-tips and other items down the toilet. 2. Schedule a sewer line inspection. A video camera inspection can locate defects such as cracks, bad joints, leaks, as well as obstructions like tree roots. 3. Install a back flow valve. Many cities require that new homes have a back flow preventer installed to prevent wastewater from re-entering the house. 4. Keep the sewer line up to code. Never connect storm drain systems like french drains or sump pumps to your home's sanitary sewer system. It illegal in most cities and can allow mud to clog the sewer line.
Call Maitz today and schedule a sewer line camera inspection. You'll rest easier knowing your sewer system is working safely and reliably.