When you are driving through your neighborhood and you see a Roto-Rooter truck parked next to your neighbor’s house, you might wonder what is going on. Most likely, one of our technician’s is hard at work cleaning the sewer and busting through a major sewer clog.
Your Sewer System—What is it?
The system is efficient and inexpensive and will last for many years if it is used and maintained properly. Your sewer system relies on a network of branch drains in the walls and floors of your home. Each feeds into the main sewer pipe, which uses gravity to wash household waste away from the house and into a larger city sewer main pipe. From there, it flows downhill to a water treatment facility.
When you flush your toilet, the waste flows out through the drains, into the branch lines and into the sewer pipe that leads from your house, beneath the yard and to a connection with the city’s sewer line. Over the years, most pipe materials used for sewer line construction will exhibit damage, wear and tear. For instance, clay tile pipes were the most common type prior to the 1970s. These pipes featured loose fitting joints that were joined together by mortar or tar pitch. Eventually, these joints wear out, ground shifts causing pipe sections to fall out of alignment and allow tree roots to infiltrate the pipe.
Tree Roots in the Sewer
Once tree roots invade the pipe at the joints, they grow and gradually break away the clay pipe the same way they lift sidewalk panels. When the pipe breaks, surrounding soil usually pour inside the pipe, roots begin to catch toilet paper and waste and clogs begin to form. Sewers are designed to be a sealed system so when they’re cracked open, raw sewage can flow out into the soil and dirt and debris can also pour inside. Both situations lead to ever-growing clogged sections that require professional attention from the Roto-Rooter man.
Repair or Replace?
Roto-Rooter earned its great reputation by opening clogged sewers but even Roto-Rooter’s mighty sewer cleaning machine cannot repair a damaged pipe. Eventually, no amount of cleaning is going to keep the sewer pipe flowing and the homeowner will need to have the sewer repaired or replaced with a modern sewer pipe that is mostly impervious to root intrusion and leaking. Fortunately, Roto-Rooter Minneapolis is a full-service plumbing company and they can professionally fix or replace any sewer pipe quickly.
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