Summer may seem like a safe time of year for sewer pipes, but there are some factors that can lead to clogs. Read on to learn about common sewer problems in the Summer, and how to identify them.
3 Possible Ways your Sewer Pipes Clog
1. Heavy Rainfall Backs Up Sewer Drains
Summer rain showers strain sewer systems. If the sewers can’t keep up with the surge of water, backups may happen in your sewer drains. If you have a clog in your drain, this can make the situation even worse.
2. Drought Decreases Water Levels in Sewer
Summer also has dry periods without much rain. Water levels decrease in the sewer system, which makes it hard for waste to pass through. If the waste sits for awhile, when rainfall does come, the built up waste may cause a clog to form.
3. Tree and Plant Roots Break Through Sewer Pipes
Plants and trees continue to grow during the Summer and need moisture. Their roots seek out underground water sources like sewer pipes. They can break through older pipes and grow, blocking any water from flowing through and causing destructive damage.
How Do I Know I Have a Clog in my Sewer Pipes?
Watch out for these sigs that indicate you might have a sewer clog:
1. Bad Smell Coming From Your Pipes
Do you smell a foul, rotten egg odor? This may mean a clog is blocking your pipe from emptying wastewater.
2. Partial Draining From Your Sinks
Have you noticed liquids drain from sinks and toilets, but not solids? Your pipe is probably partially clogged. It’s time to get the clog cleared before it gets worse.
3. Water Drains Slow in Sinks and Shower
If you notice your sinks or showers draining slower than normal, or you hear a bubbling or gurgling noise, that may mean you have a clog.
4. Septic Tank Backup
Do you have a septic tank? Check to see if there is more green growth above the septic system. This could mean there is a backup of water saturating the area.
What Should I Do If My Sewer Line is Clogged?
Give your local drain cleaning company a call. At Clear Drain Cleaning, we use camera inspections to locate the exact spot of the clog. We use specialist equipment designed to fully clear drains, but keep your pipes safe too.