In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over issues some residents experience where their basement drain begins backing up anytime you flush a toilet anywhere in the house. This is almost always due to a problem in your main sewer line, and this is one of the most significant possible plumbing issues -- meaning you'll want to address it quickly if it's present.
At My Buddy the Plumber, we're happy to provide numerous services down these lines, including sewer line cleaning and several others. While part one of our series looked at the causes of these issues, today's part two will look at your options for remedying them, whether on your own or with the assistance of our quality plumbers as-needed.
In some cases, the backup in your sewer line is caused by a buildup of pressure that's been created over time. It might be possible to simply unscrew your primary drain cap and allow that pressure to release, which might in turn clear out the blockage causing the backup. Of course, you'll need to have a good plunger on hand to ensure that everything clears out properly.
Chemical treatment may also be possible here, but it's vital to take care if you're going this route. Chemicals like Drain-O or other caustic materials may indeed work to clear out a blockage, but they can also create new issues if used improperly. In some cases, they may eat away at your pipes, causing expensive damage that will need to be repaired.
Rather, if you're going down this path, it's best to focus on chemicals for specific purposes. For instance, if tree roots are the cause of your drain issues, you might focus on a copper sulfate solution to help kill them off.
Of course, in many cases, it's necessary to clear the blockage directly. This often means going down into your sewer line with a plumbers' snake or other device specifically designed to break up clogs and remove them from your pipes. In some cases, it may also be necessary to use a high-pressure water jet to clear out the blockage completely.
If you're dealing with a clog that's significantly down in your sewer line, it might be necessary to call in professional help. Our plumbers have the experience and equipment needed to not only locate your blockage (something often done through the use of camera equipment) but also to clear it out quickly and efficiently.
In some cases, the damage caused by a blockage in your sewer line may be extensive enough that repair or replacement of your pipes is necessary. If this is the case, our plumbers can also assist, ensuring that everything is completed properly so that you can get back to using your plumbing as normal.
If you're dealing with a backed-up sewer line, don't wait to take action. Contact My Buddy the Plumber today to learn more about your options and to schedule service. We'll be happy to help you get to the bottom of the issue and ensure that your sewer line is functioning properly once again.
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