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3 Common Causes of Sewer Line Clogs and How Hydrojetting Can Help

What is Hydrojetting?

High-pressure drain cleaning or hydrojetting is the only professional method for effectively cleaning sewer lines, and it has many benefits for the modern plumbing system. This form of drain cleaning sends water through piping systems at around 1500 psi. That's enough pressure to eradicate the piping system of any blockages and help prevent new ones from forming. Professionals can even send in a camera afterward to ensure all of the blockages are gone. 

After hydrojetting, homeowners will notice benefits, including fewer clogs, fewer repairs, and money savings on the monthly water bill! Benefits such as these are reason enough to invest in hydrojetting at least every other year to clear or prevent clogs. Keep reading to learn about common causes of sewer line blockages and how hydrojetting can help. 

Tricky Tree Roots

treerootsWhen trees are planted too close to a house, the tree roots could grow into the sewer line of the plumbing system looking for water and nutrients, causing a sewer line clog. This is probably a lot more common than most people might realize. 

When tree roots grow into pipes, they cause blockages, but the worst part of all is trying to remove these blockages. Hydrojetting is one way to get rid of these tree roots forming a clog in the sewer line. And luckily, most professional plumbing companies today offer this professional service. 

Hydrojetting works by blasting water through the pipes. The water moves at such a speed that it blasts right through the tree roots and clears the main sewer line clog entirely. What’s left behind are holes in the pipes where the tree roots once were or got in through. The professionals will then work to repair any leaks within the system. 

Has Grease Gone Down the Drain?

greaseHomeowners must ensure (to the best of their ability) that cooking grease or oil never makes its way down the drain! Grease is a recipe for a sewer line backup, which is something that homeowners want to avoid at all costs. 

When there is a sewer line backup, it can lead to all sorts of problems, including: 

  • Clogged plumbing system
  • Damage to the pipes
  • Water damage to the home
  • Broken appliances from water damage
  • This could result in the need for a piping replacement

The consequences can get expensive quickly when there’s a sewer line backup. But why does it happen? Why is grease so bad? 

Grease and oil are extremely hot when it’s a liquid. As soon as it cools down even a little, the grease or oil starts to solidify into a thick gel-like paste that not only gets stuck in the pipes but can trap passing debris to create a bigger blockage. Many homeowners believe that if they flush the drain with hot water afterward, the grease will make its way out of their home’s piping system. 

However, the truth is even hot water is still cooler than the temperature of the grease and encourages the grease or oil to cool down even faster. Even if the grease were to make it out of the home’s system, it still solidifies somewhere in the public plumbing system. It might not immediately impact the homeowner but will eventually cause problems for their home and the surrounding homes. It’s best just to avoid pouring grease or oil down the sink at all costs to prevent sewer line clogs. 

If they do form, plumbers can use hydrojetting to break up these tough clogs and clean the pipe walls to remove any grease or oil left. Hydrojetting is an effective solution for sewer line clogs due to grease because of the device's high water pressure. 

Have Any Other Non-Flushable Materials Gone Down the Drain?

A list of other items that should never be flushed or poured down the drain includes: 

  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers 
  • Feminine products
  • Toys
  • Q-tips, cotton balls, or cotton pads
  • Condoms
  • Floss 
  • Paper towels
  • Medication 
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Butter

If homeowners avoid putting anything from this list of things down any drains, they shouldn’t have as many issues with clogging their plumbing system. The only thing that should be flushed down a toilet is toilet paper because anything else can cause clogging of not only the toilet but the sewer line too. 

Whether for grease or any of the items listed above, hydrojetting will eradicate any clog within the system! Of course, it’s still important that homeowners avoid these things as much as possible. Otherwise, they will be investing in hydrojetting more than they’d like to or could damage their plumbing system from frequent clogging. Typically, once a year to every other year, hydrojetting is recommended by professionals. 

PlumbCrazy Can Handle It All!

PlumbCrazy has more than three decades of experience in the industry serving Abingdon, MD, and the surrounding areas. They offer emergency plumbing services, top-notch customer service, and personalized solutions. Call them today for hydrojetting services in Abingdon, MD.