Drain Clogs and Main Sewer Line Clogs
Your Main Sewer Line runs underground from your house to either a city sewer line or a septic tank. Everything you flush or wash down the drain ultimately ends up in this large Drain Pipe. Clogs occur inside this pipe in four ways.
First, oils, fats and other proteins that are found in food and soaps build up on the inside of the pipe. Over time, the buildup can lead to a blockage, much the same way cholesterol can build up in the arteries in your body. Now everything you flush stays in the pipe until it backs up, usually into whatever drain is lowest in your house.
The second way Sewer Mains get clogged is by objects from your toilet, sink, shower and tub drains. Objects that you flush may not make it to the sewer or septic. They may instead become stuck in the oil buildup inside the pipe. More buildup builds on top of them and before you know it you’ve got a clog.
A third way a Sewer Main can become clogged is by tree roots infiltrating the pipe. Tree roots are amazingly strong. They easily push into sewer pipe joints or any pipe cracks they can find in search of water and nutrients. The sewage coming from your home is a nutrient bath trees in your yard are all too happy to take advantage of. Once a tree root finds the crack or seam in your Sewer Line, it rapidly grows inside the pipe, hungrily sucking up all the nutrients it finds. This combined with the oily build up inside the pipe quickly leads to a clog.
The final way your Sewer Drain may become clogged is through collapse. Over time the forces of soil displacement, and chemically accelerated corrosion weaken the walls of the pipe causing them to fall inward. Your Sewer Line fills with soil and you’ve got a clogged drain. Older cast iron pipes degrade slowly over time and can succumb to the forces of nature. However they are not the biggest problem facing the older communities of Northern Virginia.
Orangeburg Sewer Pipes:
A Leading Cause of Sewer Main Collapse in Old Virginia Neighborhoods
Throughout the late 19th and most of the 20th centuries, one of the most commonly used materials for sewer drain pipes was actually paper. Commonly called Orangeburg pipe, this tar-impregnated paper was light weight, easy to install and not subject to wartime shortages like cast-iron and steel. Last used in 1972, this pipe was used heavily in Northern Virginia for almost 100 years. Today, it has all reached the end of its life cycle and in older communities, such as Mount Vernon, Arlington, Alexandria, and Springfield, Orangeburg sewer drain collapse is an increasingly common cause of sewer backups.
Drain Clog Experts
4 Fast Plumber is the right company to call when you’ve got a clogged kitchen, tub, shower, or sewer drain. We are the drain clog experts of Woodbridge, VA. When we fix a drain, we get it done right the first time.
We’re so confident in our plumbers we guarantee that, if we DON’T unclog your blocked kitchen, bath or sewer drain, YOU DON’T PAY!*
Once our plumbers diagnose your clog, they have the knowledge, experience and tools to fix it.
More importantly, our plumbers have the experience to know when a sewer main problem is not your responsibility. If your home plumbing drains into community sewer lines, clogs beyond your connection are a municipal responsibility, not a private one. Our plumbing technicians can inspect your sewer line with remote video cameras and will know, with confidence, whether a clog is your responsibility or the city’s. They can then direct you in what steps you need to take to get your town to get your drain pipe running freely.
Call 4FastPlumber now if you live in Northern Virginia and have a clogged kitchen, bath or sewer drain. Our Highly-Trained Plumbing Technicians are standing by, ready to help you get your life flowing again.
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