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How Often You Should Have Your Sewer Lines Cleaned

How Often You Should Have Your Sewer Lines Cleaned

How often you should have your sewer lines cleaned, depends on your home’s plumbing.

The sewer line and drain in your Western New York home is a crucial part of your home’s plumbing system. Unfortunately, since the sewer is not visible, it is something most people don’t know much about or even think about. Many homeowners do not give a thought to their home’s sewer pipes until there is an actual problem. We are going to review how often you should have your sewer lines cleaned and signs that there may be an issue brewing.  

What is the sewer line?

To be able to understand the importance of a sewer for your Buffalo home, you need to first comprehend what exactly a sewer line is.

If your home is connected to a sewer system, there is a sewer line that links your home’s drains to the main sewer drain. This line is located underground and is considered part of your home’s plumbing system and your responsibility for maintenance and repairs. Sewer lines are typically four to six inches in diameter and sloped downwards to push the flow of wastewater away from your home and into your city’s sewer.

Basically, the sewer line takes your water/liquid waste away from your home, so it can be properly treated and disposed of.

When do you need sewer line cleaning?

How often you should have your sewer lines cleaned, depends on your home’s plumbing. There is no set timeframe for sewer line cleaning; however, if you start to see the signs of a blockage or problem, you will want to get in front of it before you have a mess on your hands.

Let’s review some of the signs that it is time for you to have your Western New York sewer line cleaned.

Reoccurring and Multiple Clogs: If you continue to have issues with drains clogging and have multiple drains throughout your home with issues, there could be a problem with your sewer line.
Sewer Backup: Nothing is worse than a sewer backup in your home. If you are at the point where wastewater is starting to come up through your drains, there is a serious problem and you need to call a professional plumber immediately.
Slow Draining: If your drains are draining slowly, that could be a warning sign of a sewer line clog in formation.
Flooded Main Line Clean-out: The sewer main clean out is a pipe/s with a cap that provides access to the sewer line so that blockages can be easily removed. If you open your sewer line clean-out and see it’s flooded or find soggy ground around it, you likely have an obstruction somewhere in your sewer line.
Foul Odors: If your drains start to smell funky and you are smelling gases and foul odors, that is usually a sign that the wastewater isn’t moving correctly and there may be an issue in your sewer line.

Don’t end up with a backup

While how often you should have your sewer lines cleaned depends on your home, plumbing, and some outside factors, having a sewer line cleaning is crucial at the first sign of an issue. A sewer line clog is every homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Your sewer line clog cannot wait. Turn off the water and contact Reimer Home Services right away. We have 24/7 sewer line repair services available, with no additional charge for nights or weekends. We’ll send one of our experienced plumbers out to your home ASAP.