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In truth, no homeowner ever wants to have to deal with a backed up drain: It is nasty, unclean, and creates a terrible mess, both in the home and financially. Learning the common situations that cause backups can prove beneficial to you if you are looking to avoid this precise kind of situation in your own home. Below, the most common reasons for a drain backup is explored; bear in mind if you are facing a backed up drain you are dealing with unhygienic bacteria containing materials. Wear boots and gloves and make sure you disinfect everything once you are done with the clean up.
Typical Reasons For the Back Up of a Drain
In order to reduce the overall general risk that you might develop an issue with drain back up it becomes necessary to identify the possible causes for such an issue. In identifying the most typical conditions leading to drain backup, hopefully you can take measures to avoid just such a condition from occurring. The most typical reasons for drain back up include all of the following examples:
Vandalism: It is quite common for miscreants to stuff garbage, debris, and various materials in manholes. The deliberate act of clogging the manholes leads to drain blockages and eventual issues with backup. You can help in preventing such occurrences by increasing your level of awareness and keeping an eye on the manholes closest to your home. If you suspect an issue with a manhole, contact the authorities so they can address the issue.
Weather-induced issues: Excessively wet weather conditions where a lot of rain occurs can lead to difficulties with drains being able to manage the water capacity. Such a condition is common during a flash flood, and the drains will become backed up quickly because of it.
Waste: When solid waste enters into the pipes and leads to a clog, then issues with the drain are often likely. Things like trash, disposable baby diapers or training pants, sanitary napkins, grease, and hair are some of the most common culprits responsible for the blockage. The latter items are far too large to make it through the lateral pipes easily so they are caught up in the pipes instead. There are a few things you can do to prevent the type of blockage that is caused by waste that is disposed of inappropriately. First, the use of a fine mesh material on the drain can help in preventing the waste from ever entering into the pipes. Secondly, and even easier, do not dispose of waste via the toilet. If you are using a garbage disposal at the kitchen sink, do not dispose of fibrous foods, large waste products, or anything the manufacturer suggests is bad for the unit.
A Damaged System: It happens; you can end up with pipes that sag, holes, offset joints, pipes that are cracked or misaligned, collapsed pipes or damaged manholes and pipes. When damage occurs to the system, it can lead to a drain that is backed up. The damage will need repair so the pipes can be used and so another back up can be prevented. It is best if you check the drains on a regular basis and if you find you have extremely outdated clay pipe drains, you should replace them so backups can be avoided.
Root Systems: If you have trees growing near your pipes, then those tree’s roots will be attracted to the sewage pipes. They can grow into the cracks and damage the pipes even more. Eventually, if not remedied, you will end up with blocked pipes and drains. To avoid this issue it is best to plan your landscaping accordingly and make sure you clear away roots periodically. Keep trees and shrubs at least ten feet from your sewage drain system. Call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services to do the cleaning for you.