Signs of a Blocked Sewer Line
Your sewer line isn’t something you see or probably even think about every day, so knowing when it’s clogged can be tough. However, you must watch out for sewer obstructions, as they can result in nasty back-ups and overflows, causing major property damage and posing a health risk for you and your family. Look out for signs of a blocked sewer line, and make sure to contact Southport Home Services the minute you suspect you’ve got a problem on your hands.
Common signs of a blocked sewer line include
- All the toilets, showers, and bathtubs in your house are slow to drain
- Your toilets fill higher than usual or overflow
- You hear gurgling noises in the sanitary drains
- Gullies or ditches in your yard overflow when water is flushed or emptied from the house
What Drain Inspections & Maintenance Can Do for Your Plumbing System
Monitoring drain’s function is one of the key aspects of keeping your plumbing costs down and ensuring your system lasts for as long as possible, and the best way to do that is through annual maintenance. That’s why Southport Home Services offers our Southport Club maintenance plan, allowing you to save money on future repair costs and improve your system’s overall efficiency. We are proud to provide drain and sewer tune-ups that make your entire household safer, such as our Bio-Clean “Purge” service—the be-all and end-all for removing drainage obstructions. And with our cutting-edge video pipe inspections to identify problems deep within your drain and sewer system, your home’s plumbing will work like new for generations to come.
By calling for drain and sewer maintenance, you will be able to:
- Avoid unnecessary repairs: At Southport Home Services, our maintenance process always includes a thorough review and cleaning of your essential drains and pipes. From the bathroom to the kitchen, our goal is to identify potential trouble spots in all your most frequently used drains. Our plumbing professionals promise to pay close attention to your whole system, and look for repair spots that could end up being costly down the road
- Extended drain lifespan: Even if you’ve been extremely careful about what you put down your drains, hair, soap scum, and grime are almost inevitably going to cause clogs over time. Regular maintenance allows us to periodically clean these clogs out, potentially extending the lifespan of your drains by years!
- Improve property value: Regular drain cleaning is a great way to protect the investment that is your home. While many homeowners may not expect this to play a big role I property value, major factor in your home value, knowing there are no blockages and breaks in your lines can actually be very important for when you decide it’s time to put your house on the market.
How to Avoid Plumbing Clogs
While it’s inevitable that your sewer and drain lines will need service and cleaning at some point, you may be able to put this off by following some simple, common-sense rules. Remember, by paying attention to how you treat your sewer and drain system in the present, you can avoid potentially spending thousands of dollars on repairs and replacements in the future.
Our top three rules to avoid drain and sewer clogs are:
- Be careful about what you put down your garbage disposal: Everything from heavy fibers and starches to greases and oil, to eggshells, bones, and coffee grounds should be kept away from your garbage disposal. While harder items may tear up the blades, others can congeal in your drain lines, forming nasty clogs that can result in back-ups and other problems.
- Don’t flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet: Tampons, pads, cotton swabs, diapers, paper towels, and even so-called “flushable” wipes should not be flushed down on the toilet. Toilet paper is really the only thing that dissolves easily in water, whereas the rest of these items have a harder time breaking up and can therefore create a net in your drain lines, thus causing clogs to form and leading to overflows and more issues for your toilet.
- Purchase mesh screens for your shower drains: While it may be tempting to just let hair wash down your drains rather than cleaning it up, this is a great way to create a hair ball that will lead to a major clog in your tub or shower. By installing a simple mesh screen and cleaning it out once in a while, you’ll be able to avoid gross clogs and potential drain repairs in the future.