3 Common Sewer Line Problems

Your property relies on the sewer system to carry wastewater away from your home and into a wastewater management location or septic system. Just like any other pipe, sewer lines will get clogged or become damaged from time to time. Here are a few signs of damage and what you can do about it.

What Are a Few Common Sewer System Issues

1. Clogged Drains

Most often, clogs in the sewer system lead to critical problems that need the attention of a plumber. Items that should not be sent down the drain, like diapers, feminine hygiene products, or cooking grease, enter the system and create a blockage in the pipe. This stops water from flowing and leads to a backup and too much pressure in the pipe. Slow drains and toilets with gurgling sounds when you flush indicate a blockage. It’s essential to only flush waste and water down drains and toilets, and avoid pouring grease down your sink, as this substance will easily congeal.

2. Tree RootsTree Roots

When tree roots bust through pipes, breaks, clogs, and collapses typically follow. If your property has an abundance of trees and you suspect your plumbing issues are from their root system, a plumber will need to perform an inspection to ensure the pipes aren’t damaged.

3. Broken Pipe

Increased pressure, soil shifts, and freezing can all affect a pipeline’s integrity. Similarly, corrosion and seals between pipes can also break, which results in water filtering out into the ground around it. You will know there is a leak from deterioration if you spot puddles of water or notice a strong, unpleasant odor around your property. If your home relies on a septic system, have it inspected every three years to ensure pipes remain intact.


When you suspect trouble with your sewer system, call the expert plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Located in Minneapolis, MN, and serving the Twin Cities area, their professional team brings more than 44 years of experience to every plumbing service. They also provide 24-hour emergency plumbing. Call (612) 217-7761 for more information on their plumbing repair services, or visit their website to view current coupons and deals.



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