Remembering Sewer Cleaning During Fall Months

Autumn is a fantastic time of year, with cool temperatures, comfy clothing, and beautiful foliage! But that beautiful foliage also has a tendency to fall to the ground, leaving a mess of dead leaves everywhere.

This can cause an issue when the leaves and other Fall debris clog outdoor sewer systems. The list below will tell you what you need to know about your plumbing system.

How Does a Sewer System Work?

sewer systemSewer systems and wastewater management are an important part of any community. They play vital roles in preventing disease and keeping a high level of sanitation in and around the home. The sewer system collects wastewater and transports it, usually through a system of tunnels and drains underground, to a sewage treatment plant or wastewater treatment facility.

Many sewer systems are gravity-powered. Pipes from homes flow to a sewer main pipe. Workers can reach these pipes via manholes in the street. These pipes lead to progressively larger pipes until they reach the wastewater facility.

Once there, the water is treated and then discharged. Without a sewer system, communities would be exposed to many more diseases and unsanitary living conditions, which is why it’s so important that a community’s sewer systems stay working, healthy, and clean.

What is a Main Drain Line?

Every homeowner has faced a clog or two in the pipes of their home. Sometimes they’re just small clogs, in the toilet, or a kitchen sink, perhaps. These can usually be unplugged or solved by the homeowner and some elbow grease. But sometimes clogs can be a much bigger problem.

Such as clogs in a home’s main drain line!

main drain line

If more than one drain in your home seems to be clogged, or won’t drain, chances are that means there’s a clog in your main drain line. This is the mainline where all your smaller pipes lead to. This pipe connects to your community’s sewer system, so you can understand why a clog in your main drain line can be a huge problem for your home.

Clogs Can Lead to Raw Sewage in Your Home

sewageSometimes main sewer line clogs happen due to natural causes, such as an aging line, or tree roots growing inside the pipe. This is why it can be important to make sure that fall leaves are cleared away from any external drains outside your home.

But sometimes main sewer line clogs are caused by homeowner mistakes. It’s important to remember to never pour grease or oil down the sink. Even if you wash it down with hot water so it’s in a liquid state, it will still adhere to the side of your main sewer line and eventually cause a clog that is costly to repair.

And never flush anything down the toilet except human waste and toilet paper. Toilets and sewer systems are not built to handle anything else. Signs and symptoms of a mainline clog can include multiple drains in your home backing up, to a sinking or soggy spot in your yard.

If not resolved, this kind of clog can actually cause raw sewage and waste to back up into your home, creating a preventable sanitation nightmare for the homeowner and an expensive repair. If you suspect you have a main sewer line clog, call a plumber as soon as possible to get it taken care of. It’s a problem that will only get worse the longer you wait.

Call Oliver’s Plumbing & Remodel for Your Plumbing Needs

Oliver’s Plumbing & Remodel focuses on expert workmanship and quality materials to serve the Sun Prairie, WI area. Family owned and operated, they offer a 2-year product and labor warranty on their services. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and if you’re not happy for whatever reason, they will take the extra step to fix it until it’s right.