How to Prevent & Fix Sewer Backups

Plumbing sewer lines that are backed up can make your home difficult to live in. Petri Plumbing & Heating, your Brooklyn plumber, knows how to handle this difficult problem. Here’s what you need to do to update and service your sewer lines.

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Sewer Backups & Sewer Line Clogs

A plunger won’t take care of this problem, which can turn into a major inconvenience. If your sewer line is completely backed up, you won’t be able to use any of your plumbing fixtures, and that includes flushing the toilet. In fact, you may have been alerted to the problem when sewage backed up into your home through a floor drain or a lower-level fixture such as a laundry tub or a bathtub.

The way your drains work is that all of your fixtures, such as sinks, bathtubs and toilets, drain through 2-inch pipes into a 4-inch drain-waste-and-vent, or DWV, pipe. The DWV pipe goes down into your basement and then out underground to the main sewer line in the street. Something is blocking your sewer line between your house and the street. The blockage might be inside before your sewer line exits your house or it might be underground between your house and the street.

Clogged Sewer Lines

The only solids that should ever go down your drain are human waste and toilet paper. No matter what the packaging says, “flushable” wipes are not flushable. You might have seen news stories about conglomerations of wipes and congealed fat, some as big as a bus, clogging sewer lines. Baby wipes go in the diaper pail. Plumbers also find all sorts of inappropriate objects in sewer lines, such as toys, feminine hygiene products and underwear.

Besides clogs caused by objects, sewer lines can back up from other reasons. Brooklyn was founded in 1816 and an old town has old plumbing. Your sewer line may have crumbled from old age. Tree roots seek out water so if your sewer line had any kind of leak from a joint, roots will find it and invade the pipe. Your sewer line may have broken from the ground shifting or from the constant vibration and rumble of trucks.

How We Unclog Drains & Sewer Lines

We can bring out the big guns to deal with your sewer backup, such as heavy-duty drain snakes with cables almost an inch thick and 200-feet long. We also have drain cameras that we can feed into your clogged drain, locate the clog and identify what it is, such as tree roots. Once we have cleared the drain, we’ll feed the camera through again to show you what we’ve done.

Brooklyn Sewer Line Pros

If your sewer line is damaged or broken, new technology lets us install a replacement drain line without digging a trench. We’ll get the work done in a timely fashion so you can live comfortably in your home. Call Petri Plumbing & Heating for all of your Brooklyn sewer and drain issues!

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