You may not want intimate knowledge of the inner workings of your septic and sewer system. As a homeowner, avoiding a major mess means recognizing a problem before it leads to damage. Removing wastewater from your home involves an intricate system, and one that can be confronted with any number of issues. And making matters worse: the summer season.
Summer Sewage Clogs
With few exceptions, your sewer systems is always on the clock no matter the time, day, month, or season. Problems such as blockages, broken or cracked pipes, leaking joints, and pipe corrosion can occur year round. That said, there are a few specific summer season reasons that cause an increase in such potentially damaging sewer issues.
Storm season: Bright sunny days may be iconically summer, but the season isn’t without its rain and storms. Excessive rain can put extra stress on sewage systems. Wastewater may back up into your home’s plumbing if the sewer system is unable to drain the extra moisture effectively.
Draught: On the flipside of storm season, summer is prone to extremely dry times, too. Less water running through septic lines can cause some waste not to be fully removed. When rain eventually happens, the excess water can lead to an overflow. Resulting in a rush of foul odors to the surface.
Tree roots: Summertime lends an ideal climate for plants and trees to do their best growing, which means their roots will spread out to new areas and potentially clog and damage underground pipes. And since roots are also on a constant hunt for a water source, should a summer drought happen, they may seek out the inner pipes for any moisture present. This can turn into an even bigger issue should your septic pipes have existing signs of deterioration or corrosion.
Home life: Similar to the holiday season, summer welcomes more people to your home for entertaining not to mention your children and their friends who are off from school. The increased all-day activity, as well as visitors not familiar with the dos and don’ts of septic systems, can quickly lead to a sewer line clog.
Predict Summer Sewer Problems
The summer season already feels as though it goes by too quickly, so the last thing you want to be doing with your time is responding to home sewage damage. Stay vigilant against potential problems by quickly responding to warning signs before they lead to stressful sewer situations.
- Odor: Bad smells rising from your pipes is a good indicator of a potential sewage issue. This typically occurs due to a clog, which means your indoor indoor plumbing is not fully emptying, and the result is sewer gas emission.
- Slow flow: If your drainage system makes a bubbling sound or is slow to drain, this could be a sign of clog.
- What goes down: Noticing water flowing as usual down sinks and showers, but solids in garbage disposals and toilets do not? You may have a partial sewage block on your hands.
- Greener pastures: Have a septic tank? Be on the lookout for greener grass or wetter grounds in that specific area. This could be wastewater backing up into the area.
Avoid or respond to these sewer issues by working with a trained plumbing professional. They can detect sewer blockages and other more serious sewer line problems. If damage has been done, stress less knowing we’re here to help restore your property back to pre-loss condition. You don’t have to let a sewer system spoil your summer fun!
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