How Often Should Your Sewer Lines Be Cleaned?

Posted By The Eco Plumbers

27 Nov. 2017

The sewer lines in your home are just as important to your plumbing as your water input lines, and yet they receive very little attention often until it’s too late. A blocked sewer line can mean everything from backed up toilets and sink drains to a potentially damaged pipe unless you’re able to fix it quickly. Fortunately, you can prevent this problem by having your sewer lines periodically cleaned by a Columbus plumber. How often should you have this done? Let’s take a look at the answer.

Home or Business?

Residential and commercial sewage lines receive different levels of usage and therefore have different demands when it comes to cleaning. Generally, business owners should have their sewer lines cleaned every 18 to 22 months to ensure their pipes are in good condition and free from early stage blockages. This is particularly true for businesses that are high-risk due to higher drain disposal rates, like restaurants and hotels.

Generally, homeowners can go quite a bit longer between cleanings, but it’s still not a bad idea to have this done every few years or so. You should make sure it’s done at least every two years if you have a large home and family, creating a large amount of sewage waste.

Potential Trouble Signs

If you’re spotting signs of trouble in your sewer lines, you should schedule a cleaning service immediately. If you repeatedly notice these signs of trouble, they usually are more indicative that there is a problem in your plumbing that’s more serious than something a regular cleaning can fix. Therefore, if you notice that your drains are clogging up, you’re hearing gurgling from them, or you’re noticing water in your yard near where your sewer line is running, you may need a much more important repair.

Some common issues requiring more frequent sewer cleanings include:

  • Tree root intrusion: roots only need a microscopic crack to get into your pipe and potentially wreak havoc on it. This is the number-one cause of sewer-line backups.
  • Bellied piping: a pipe that sags in one spot, disrupting the slope and flow, is a cause for sewage buildup that often leads to clogs forming. A camera inspection can reveal this problem and show your technician what they need to do to fix the issue.
  • Grease: Do you throw your leftover cooking fat or grease down the drain? You shouldn’t be. This is a huge cause of sewage line buildup and clogging. If you notice you have to clean your sewer lines a lot, avoid tossing this type of food waste down the drain.

Need your sewer lines jetted? The Eco Plumbers can make them nearly as spotless as the day they were installed! Call The Eco Plumbers today at {F:P:Site:Phone} to schedule your appointment.

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