A clogged drain is something everyone deals with at some point, but how do you know that a stopped-up toilet or sink is a sign of something more serious? Many things cause drain clogs and not all signal something’s wrong with your property’s sewer system. However, if drainage issues occur more frequently, this is something you want professionals to check out.

Why Are All the Drains in My Building Backed-up?

Residential and commercial properties that experience multiple drains clogging at once have an issue inside the sewer line. When this happens, water flow is restricted and repair or replacement of the line is often needed to fix the issue. Below are examples of sewer-related problems that affect your property’s drainage.

Severely Damaged Sewer Pipes

Anytime you have ruptured or broken sewer pipes, it’s impossible for the sewage to move through the drain system uninterrupted. Properties with serious pipe damage experience frequent backups that plunging doesn’t fix. The following are examples of conditions that lead to damaged underground pipes:

  • Shifting soil
  • Corrosion
  • Heavy foot or vehicle traffic above ground near the pipe
  • Leaving large machinery parked on the grass near the sewer pipe
  • Earthquakes

Sagging Sewer Pipes

This type of sewer line problem isn’t something in the property owner’s control. It happens because the pipe has sunk because of changing soil conditions or because of improper installation. When the pipe sags, sewage can’t move through the pipe because it’s working against gravity. What happens next is that you have more and more drainage problems at your home or business.

Tree Root Infestation

In Glendora and other communities in Los Angeles County, it’s not uncommon to find clay sewer pipes. Underground utility engineers had used this material for many years, but it presents problems that today’s PVC sewer pipes do not. For example, clay is porous and susceptible to breakage. If your property has these kinds of sewer pipes and trees with large root bases are planted near the line, it’s only a matter of time before the tree roots grow into the pipe causing blockage.

It’s not just trees that cause this problem. Large shrubs and other greenery grow into sewer pipes too. We recommend planting trees and shrubs at least 10 feet from all sewer pipes to prevent this from happening.

Pouring Grease Down the Drain

You know you shouldn’t do it, but do it anyway because it’s convenient. Unfortunately, this creates sewer issues that cause backups and lead to repair or complete sewer line replacement. Do you own a food service business? Get regular grease trap cleaning to prevent large fatbergs from forming in the sewer system.

How We Fix Clogged Sewer Lines

First, we have to know exactly what we’re dealing with to fix the problem the first time. To do this, we send video camera inspection equipment through the pipe. We need to see what’s causing the backup. We can’t assume all you need is drain cleaning because there may be another issue at hand like a collapsed or sagging pipe.

Once we determine the problem and its location, we make recommendations for repair or replacement. Replacement options include trenchless sewer repair methods such as pulled-in-place pipe lining or cured-in-place lining. If the pipe isn’t intact and water can’t flow through, we usually have to replace the line. For a sewer line replacement, we use trenchless methods such as pipe bursting.

Don’t Mess Around with Clogged Drains

If you have clogged drains in your home or business that won’t go away with simple plunging, call for professional services. At Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic, our sewer repair contractors have the experience and equipment to figure out what’s happening and make accurate repairs fast.

For the most accurate drain and sewer line repair in Glendora, call us today at (866) 377-4002.