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Sewer Services for Outside the Home

What are Sewer Services?

Sewer services are known as services relating to your sewer system. Problems such as slow drainage, back-ups, odors emanating from drains, and more are all related to the pipelines that deliver waste from the home. Residences or commercial properties may experience a backup in their sewage lateral. The most common sources of backups and overflows are tree roots that merge into the sewer line, pipe degradation, or a buildup of fats oils and greases. When grease is poured into a drain, the fat quickly cools and congeals. This can cause a huge problem for a pipe, as food waste and hair can get caught in the grease. For such problems, calling a qualified plumber is necessary. 

What Are Some Common Causes of Clogged Drains?

There are a number of factors that contribute to clogged drains. Read over the following list to learn more about what clogs your drains.

  • Wadded Hair. While hair is perfectly fine on your head, it’s a massive headache for drains. Hair can bind with grease and other sticky substances to form clogs. Ensuring your drain has a hair guard can help with this drain menace.
  • Soap scum. Surprisingly, the main ingredient for soap is grease or fat. The fat in soap combines with minerals in the water and leaves a hard residue. This residue stains fittings and clogs pipelines.
  • Leftover food waste. While it is important to wash dishes, make sure that any leftover food waste goes in the garbage and not down the sink. Instead, start a composting pile to get rid of extra food waste. 
  • Small objects. This is one of the most infamous ways a drain can get clogged. Small objects, such as necklaces, small pieces of jewelry, toys, and miscellaneous bits can fall down the drain and contribute to a blockage. 
  • Baby wipes and toilet paper buildup. Baby wipes may be labeled as ‘flushable’ however, they do not disintegrate the way toilet paper does. In addition, too much toilet paper at a given time can contribute to a blockage in your plumbing.
  • Roots. In particular, tree roots can cause havoc. Even the most minuscule leak in a pipe can attract the thirsty roots of a nearby tree. Once a tree root infiltrates a pipe, the roots quickly grow larger, opening the cracks in the pipe further. 

What is The Main Sewer Line?

The main sewer line is the plumbing line that funnels all of the waste from each sink, toilet, shower, and washing machine, toward the main sewer line underneath the home. If the home is not connected to the city sewer line, the connection likely goes to a septic tank. 

What is a Septic Tank?

A septic tank is defined as an underground tank where sewage is collected from the home or property and allow to decompose through bacterial activity before draining by means of a leaching field. These tanks can be made of concrete, fiberglass, or plastic. In any of these cases, the wastewater will flow through for basic treatment. Settling and anaerobic processes reduce solids and organics. This method of sewage treatment is only moderate. There are some environmental concerns such as groundwater pollution, and water pollution during floods. Approximately one in five homes in the United States has a septic tank.

What are Galvanized Steel Pipes?

Galvanized steel pipes are pipes that have been coated in a protective zinc coating. This coating was developed to prevent corrosion and rust. If your home was built before 1960, there’s a chance that you have galvanized steel pipes. When galvanized pipes were initially invented, they were considered to be an alternative to lead pipes for water supply lines.

How Often Should I See a Plumber for Sewer Services?

Many professional plumbing companies agree that a home’s plumbing system should be checked at least once every two years. There are instances where a home’s plumbing system should be checked more frequently, such as when the home is older, or when the home has many mature trees. As previously mentioned, homes used to be built with galvanized steel pipes. What the builders didn’t know at the time is that these steel pipes are susceptible to corrosion, and can lead to bursts, and lead in the water supply. Roots are another tricky problem for pipes. Once a tree root has located a source of water, it will not lose its grip. Without the help of a plumber, homeowners could have a leak develop, which could go undetected for many years. 

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What is Green Plumbing?

Green plumbing is known as environmentally-friendly plumbing that uses energy-saving appliances, low flow fixtures, and new technologies that have been recognized for costing less and lasting longer. Green plumbing involves using less water and recycling used water. Green plumbing is not so much a method as a strategy of saving money and conserving water. Conservation of water contributes to having more water for recreational activities, and more water for rivers and streams.

If you think you need sewer services in Simpsonville, SC, call Duckett Plumber at 864-209-9360 to speak with our staff about making an appointment today!