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Clogged Sewer Drains
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Clogged drains are probably one of the most dreadful and
embarrassing household problems. They tend to occur at the most
horrid times, causing much unanticipated stress over figuring out a
quick resolution. Sometimes the problem gets ignored for quite
sometime and the issue becomes a huge nuisance. Often, the problem
is simple. Typically it is due to a clogged toilet drain or tub
drain. In rare occasions there may be a heavy duty blockage in the
main sewage line. What we do know is that it is often very necessary
to fix the problem immediately.
On most occasions, a clogged drain can be fixed without the help of
a professional. The cure is usually a plunger or a hand auger.
However, if the problem persists, you may be facing a larger
problem. The smell of sewage backing up is usually the first
indicator that the drain blockage is happening at more than one
location. At this point is in your best interest to call for
processional help from a local plumber. They will come out and
locate where the clog is. If the blockage is caused from tree roots
or other heavy substances that can't be worked out with a plunger,
they will snake your system, clearing it from anything that may be
blocking the main passage way. This is something that should be done
a few times a year anyway.
Sometimes the sewage back up is related to the line running from
your house to the main line running to your street. Certain
locations have issues related to tree roots that tend to interfere
with main pipe lines. You will typically have problems with drainage
backing up in your basement if this is the issue. An easy and cheap
way to kill tree roots is by using copper sulfate. This chemical
will destroy roots that are forming in the bottom of the pip line.
If this doesn't work, I would suggest calling a professional plumber
to come out and look at things. Worse case scenario is that the tree
roots have seriously damaged the main pip line.
Of course there are many other places where a clogged drain may
occur. The kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and bathroom tub are common
places as well. In a bathroom tub, the build up of hair is usually
the leading cause of a clogged drain. This can be fixed by running
boiling hot water down the drain, or by using a plunger or hand
auger. Once again, keep in mind that whenever the blockage seems to
be coming from a hidden location, it is best to bring in the
Keeping your sewage system up to par is very important to your home.
I'm sure the people in your family would agree that having a
properly functioning sewage system is definitely a must. However,
sometimes even when we do keep our pipes clean, something will still