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Common Threats to Your Home Sewer Line

If there is one piece of plumbing that can give you the most stinky situation, it is the sewer line. This potential bottleneck is only about four to six inches in diameter, meaning it is prone to clogging. It also runs several feet underground where you cannot regularly check on it. To make matters worse, tree roots might be growing toward the sewer line without your knowledge. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing, we will go over some threats to your residential sewer line and some protective measures to take.

Neglected Maintenance

The sewer line is built to last, with many materials lasting up to a century. There is a caveat: you must stay on top of maintenance. If you have not scheduled your routine sewer line cleaning, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to get started. The sewer line is only a few inches in diameter and must be clear of gunk and muck if you want seamlessly flowing drainage. If you are not sure if maintenance is due, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to consult with a trustworthy plumber.


The pipes are built to last, but mother nature and father time are undefeated. General wear and tear as well as natural corrosion will cause pipes to deteriorate over time, this applies just as equally to your sewer line. You cannot avoid corrosion, but you can avoid speeding it up. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners and pouring harsh chemicals down the drains. Consider homemade, natural concoctions and professional drain cleaning instead. Don’t forget to stay on top of routine inspections to catch signs of deterioration early on.

Tree Roots

It is not secret that trees need water to survive, but what goes on under the surface might surprise you. Tree roots are determined to get the water the tree needs, even if it means penetrating through the sewer line to access it. Tree roots are big risks for your plumbing. Trees should be planted a safe distance away from plumbing with the maximum root length in mind. If you have young trees too close for comfort, then consider moving them to a better location unless you are interested in a trenchless sewer line replacement.


As we mentioned earlier and cannot emphasize enough: the sewer line is only a few inches in diameter. It can easily become clogged and backup wastewater and sewage into your living space.

Do not miss your annual drain cleaning and be careful with what you allow in the drains. Only flush toilet paper, pee, and poo. Hygiene products, brushed hair, kitty litter, and anything else belong in the trash. Similarly, throw away food scraps such as bones, fruit peels, pasta, bread, and so forth. Keep used fats, oils, and greases in a separate container to safely throw out later. Hot grease can cool down and harden in the drains, causing a blockage.

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The sewer line is a sensitive piece of plumbing. If you are dealing with wastewater and sewage backups, or leaks, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to arrange an emergency dispatch. We are ready when you are.

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