Summer is a time to relax, have some fun, and maybe do a home improvement project or two. Unfortunately, summer is also a time when you can encounter some serious problems with your sewer lines. Increased use, inclement weather, and other factors can negatively impact your home’s sewer system, creating the need for sewer repair. Read on to learn about three common causes of sewer line clogs which require sewer repair.
1. Increased Use
During summer, sewer systems often undergo a period of increased use. Kids are home from school, people have guests visiting, and there is greater strain placed on the wastewater system. Because of this, there is a greater chance for a sewer system clog. If you notice bubbles in your toilet or filled sink, contact your local plumbing contractor for sewer repair; this is a sign of a clogged sewer line. Sewer problems can escalate quickly, so do not delay in reaching out to a plumbing professional.
2. Summer Storms
Excess water can wreak havoc on sewer systems. When summer storms hit, all of that water has to go somewhere. If your main sewer line cannot handle that much water for a sustained period, wastewater can overflow and go back up into drains in your home. In extreme cases, this can cause flooding or water damage. If your sinks, toilets, or showers are slow to drain after storms or if the smell of raw sewage is present in your home, you may have a clogged sewer line.
3. Tree Roots
During the summer, plants grow at a faster rate and soil can get dry. When this happens, plants can put out roots that go deeper into the soil than usual in search of moisture. Sewer lines can be negatively impacted as a result, especially if the structure of the pipes is already compromised. Roots can make their way into cracks in the plumbing, causing clogs and damage. If your yard is much more wet than usual or if there is a sewer smell in the area, you may need sewer repair. This can be a sign that the wastewater in your system has leaked out of the plumbing and into your yard.
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Metcalf Plumbing is a customer-focused plumbing contractor serving residential and commercial clients throughout the Catonsville, Ellicott City and surrounding areas. From water heater installation, sump pump installation and repair to water and sewer line replacement, Metcalf Plumbing is a trusted resource to call on when you need help with your plumbing services. We are not commission-based and we provide honest, upfront costs with a thorough inspection of your system and suggested next steps. Our trained and courteous technicians are standing by to provide quality comfort at competitive prices. You can call us at 410-242-311 and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!