How to Prevent Plumbing Problems

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If you have recently noticed a sewer smell, a banging noise, or standing water in your home, those are telltale signs of a leaky pipe.

A clogged or broken sewer lateral is more than just a nuisance — it can cause sewage to back up into your home, ruining carpets and other flooring and exposing you and your family to dangerous bacteria. Fortunately, keeping up with regular maintenance and avoiding flushing non-flushable items, scheduling drain cleaning, and addressing minor plumbing issues promptly can help prevent clogs and other problems.

Your lateral is the line that connects your house to the city-owned main line running under the street. It carries waste and sewage from your sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets to the city sewer system or your septic tank.

If gurgling sounds are limited to just one or two fixtures, they likely indicate a minor clog that can be resolved with a plunger, drain snake, or chemical drain cleaner. However, if gurgling is occurring in multiple areas of your home, it’s likely a sign of a more serious problem that could include a collapsed or cracked sewer lateral or a malfunctioning air vent.

A clogged or broken sewer lateral can lead to wastewater backing up into your home, causing backed-up toilets, sinks, and bathtubs. The sewage can also damage your landscaping and create wet or muddy spots around your property. If you notice these problems, call a professional right away. The sooner you address a clogged or broken lateral, the less expensive and messier it will be to fix.

Back Pitch

Back pitch can occur when sediment collects in an area of the pipe. It can also happen when there wasn’t enough pitch added when the sewer line was installed as part of the house construction process. Depending on exactly where the back pitch is, it may or not be a major issue. It is important for the plumber to understand what the root cause of the problem is as there are many different resolutions to a back pitched sewer line. The last thing you want is to resolve the back pitch, only to have sewage get trapped under the sidewalk or at the city sewer in the roadway.

Root Invasion

Tree roots seek out water and nutrients to grow, and they will invade pipes if they find even a tiny opening. Leaking pipes provide the perfect vantage point for tree roots to enter. Once inside the pipe, they can gradually cause serious damage to the pipes and the surrounding soil. Eventually, the invading roots can block sewage or drain lines altogether.

The first sign of an invasion is often a slow-draining toilet or sink. You might also notice visible sinkholes or a general smell of sewage. As the roots continue to grow, they can also trap air in the sewage line and create a solid mass that traps waste, further blocking the flow of sewage.

If you suspect you have a root problem, contact your local sewer department and ask for someone to locate the sewage line for you. Then, look for any trees nearby that are growing too close to your plumbing lines. You should also trim any overgrown or unhealthy trees to prevent them from reaching your plumbing lines. If you’re unable to get the roots under control, consider installing root barriers or using root-killing foams.

To further protect your home from costly clogs, invest in root-resistant pipes made of modern materials. These pipes are designed to withstand the pressure of tree roots and are thick enough to resist penetration. It’s also a good idea to schedule regular sewer camera inspections, so your plumber can catch any encroaching roots before they become too much of a problem. With the right knowledge and prevention, you can enjoy the beauty of plush greenery without the cost of clogged drains.

Leaking Joints

A plumbing leak can cause serious problems, such as water damage, and it can be difficult to locate. If you suspect a leak in your home, there are some tips that can help.

One of the most common causes of leaking pipes is loose connection joints. These joints are the connection points between different sections of pipe and between pipes and fixtures. Temperature changes, excess water pressure and age can all put strain on these joints and cause them to deteriorate over time.

These connections should be tightened and sealed with the appropriate sealant for the type of pipe in use. For example, metal pipes require soldering while PVC joints need a suitable glue. If the proper sealant hasn’t been used, or if the joint is not properly aligned, a simple leak can turn into an expensive problem.

There are several solutions for fixing leaking joints, including plumber’s tape and epoxy putty. Turn off the water supply before beginning any repairs, and clean and dry the area to prevent contamination or further damage. Apply the tape in a clockwise direction around the threads of the leaky pipe and smear on some plumber’s compound. Once the tape and compound have been applied, use two wrenches to tighten the joint.

Another option for repairing leaking joints is to use a rubber patch and adjustable pipe clamps. These can be found in most hardware stores, and you’ll need to cut the patch to size and wrap it around the leaking section of pipe. Secure the patch with a screw on the adjustable pipe clamp and tighten it to ensure that it doesn’t move around or let water through.

Another solution for leaking joints is to use self-fusing silicone tape. This tape has a chemical that fuses with cracks and holes in pipes, making them strong enough to withstand pressure and temperature fluctuations. This is a more permanent solution, but it’s important to consult with a professional plumber before using it in your home.