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Knowing How To Clear a Sewer Blockage

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0
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Sewer blockage can be nasty since it stops the flow of wastewater from the sink or toilet. Sewer line blockage causes flooding in your house and this could make your home unhealthy. Wastewater that has been blocked is dirtier than the one that is flowing freely. Blocked waste provides the bleeding ground for very harmful bacteria and can even be worse if the blockage waste is from the toilet. If your drainage system is blocked and is back flowing into your house or office it must be urgently attended to in order to reduce the risk of infection and the spread of dirty water.

Ways Of Drain Cleaning

There are three modern ways of unblocking the sewer lines. These methods are:

Water Jetting

This is the simplest, quickest and the most effective method of cleaning the sewer lines. This method involves the use of high pressure water which is directed into the pipe. A continuous jetting of high pressure water blasts away all the debris and other blockages from the drainage pipe.

Use of Electro-Mechanical Drainage Cleaning

This is the most effective way of unblocking small bore pipes such as sinks and toilets. A flexible rod is forced into the pipe and removes any debris or blockages found in the system. If necessary a variety of attachments are used to either scrape away or cut the debris. This method is the best when removing hard debris such as roots, lime-scale, twigs, uric and other foreign materials.

Use of CCTV surveying

The most recent method of sewer line cleaning is the application of CCTV surveying. This involves the use flexible cable which is fixed with a camera at one end which is fed into the drainage. As the cable is pushed further inside, the camera sends the images to the monitor. This helps the engineers and technicians to survey the condition of the interior part of the drain and detect any blockage. A recording of this survey is saved in CD or DVD disc. A survey report is made available to the client to see.

It is advisable to always consult an expert when dealing with sewer blockage. Doing it yourself at home may seem to be cheaper and simple, but knowing where the blockage is located is very important since it will prevent more flooding and also help you to avoid any damages to the sewer system. It is therefore safe to call an experienced professional to assist you in fixing your sewer.

Causes Of Sewer Blockage

1. Foreign Objects

Sewer blockage is commonly caused by certain items being flushed down the toilet. These items will cause sewer back up any time. Some of the items that are easily flushed in our toilet are tampons, cat litter, baby diaper and many others. These items are supposed to be thrown in the trash. This will ensure that your home is safe and will save you money that you could have used to fix the drainage problem.

2. Grease

Grease can cause backups and it is known to occur at 25 feet into the sewer line. This grease accumulates when fats from our cooking is rinsed down the sink. If hot water doesn't rich point where this grease is accumulating, it starts to get harder and will build up over the time.

3. Tree Roots

Tree roots can easily clog your sewer line. Roots can get into the pipe and form balls that block the sewer lines. You can use certain chemicals that kill the root or you can decide to eliminate the plant.

4. Deteriorated Sewer lines

Rust, viola and break open can be a cause of sewer backup. This is common with all pipes and you can prevent this by contacting experts to check for you the condition of your sewer line.



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