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Jun 25 2024

Common Summer Sewer Problems

Summer is a time for vacations, barbecues, and pool parties, not for worrying about your sewer line. However, as temperatures rise, so do the risks of sewer problems. Property owners and managers often don't think about their sewer lines until a disaster strikes but understand common summertime sewer issues can help you prevent problems before they become costly headaches.

In this brief article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we highlight some common sewer problems you can avoid with some foresight. If you need a uniformed plumber, you can always call Rooter Hero Plumbing for quick and affordable assistance.

Invasive tree roots

One of the most common sewer problems during the summer is tree root invasion. This is because trees and shrubs are in full growth mode and the summer heat can dry out the soil. If you’re not watering them properly, then your sewer line is going to be an enticing target.

Sewer lines often have small leaks or cracks, which roots can detect. Once they find a way in, they grow inside the pipe, causing blockages and damage. Slow drains, gurgling noises from toilets, and unpleasant odors around your property can indicate root intrusion.

Regular maintenance and inspections can catch root invasions early. Consider planting trees and shrubs away from sewer lines and installing root barriers. If roots have already infiltrated, then it’s time to call Rooter Hero for a sewer repair.

Clogged pipes

Summer activities can lead to more significant wear and tear on your plumbing system. Family gatherings, barbecues, and parties increase the load on your sewer system. Grease, food scraps, and even small toys or wipes can end up in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Common signs of a blockage or clog include slow draining sinks, backed-up toilets, and water pooling around floor drains. Use drain guards to catch food particles and other debris, regularly clean your drains, and remind family members and guests about what shouldn't go down the drain.

Heavy rain and flooding

Summer storms can bring heavy rain, which can overwhelm your sewer system and lead to backups. Excessive rainwater can infiltrate sewer lines through cracks or faulty seals, overloading the system. In some cases, municipal sewer systems can become overwhelmed, causing sewage to back up into homes.

Make sure that your gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home's foundation. Moreover, consider installing a sump pump in your basement or crawl space to handle excess water. Consider a backwater valve to prevent municipal sewer water from entering your home.

Sewer line collapse

In extreme cases, the combination of summer heat, soil movement, and aging infrastructure can lead to a sewer line collapse. As soil dries out, it can shift and settle, causing older, fragile pipes to crack and eventually collapse.

Persistent blockages, sudden drops in water pressure, and noticeable sinkholes or depressions in your yard can be signs of a sewer line collapse. Routine plumbing service and inspections are crucial, especially if you live in an area with shifting soils. Schedule annual plumbing inspections to enjoy a priceless peace of mind.

Rooter Hero is your full-service plumbing company

Whether you need emergency assistance or want to schedule a trenchless sewer line replacement, the uniformed and trained plumbers at Rooter Hero are here to help. Call Rooter Hero to speak with a live member of our team today.

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