No one likes to have a drain backup in their home or business. Not only does it cause a huge mess but it is also unhealthy and can be a very expensive task to clean. Understanding the leading causes of drain backups and correcting any issues that might arise is the best way to ensure that you can avoid these problems. Of course, drains do backup and even the best maintenance tips cannot avoid every back up.
The five most common causes of a drain backup include:
Damage to the system
This can include collapsed pipes, cracks in pipes, pipes that are not aligned properly, joints that are offset, holes in pipes, and pipes that sag. All of these can stop the free flow of water which can bring on a drain backup. It is a good idea to check your pipes at least twice per year to ensure you do not see any type of damage. It is recommended to replace old clay pipes with newer pipes to help prevent backup issues.
Trash and Debris
Trash and debris such as grease, hair, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, and other trash can block sewer pipes. You may not believe that a little bit of hair can cause damage; however, when you consider all the other things that do down your pipes you can easily see that when combined can lead to a clogged pipe. The best way to avoid a back up due to trash and debris is to install a mesh over each drain in your home and never flush things like paper towels, kitty litter, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers or other large objects down the drain.
Roots from bushes and trees
Roots from shrubs, bushes, and trees can actually find their way into the joints and small cracks in your pipes. This will cause the pipe to become blocked. Not only will the roots enter cracks but they can also crack pipes on their own. Roots naturally grow towards a water supply; therefore your water system is very inviting. You should have a professional check to ensure that the roots from your trees, bushes, and shrubs are not close to your pipes and if so have the roots removed.
During the rainy season when you have downpours the pipes may not be able to handle the excessive amount of water that is flowing into the pipes.
Street drainage systems
Manholes and street drainage system are often filled up with dirt and debris. You may notice food bags, garbage or other items along the draining system near your home. This can lead to pipes becoming blocked outside your home which can still lead to major problems in your home due to the drain backing up. You can easily help prevent this issue by cleaning up leaves, debris and trash instead of allowing it to enter the draining system via the street. Drain plumbing Toronto can provide you with more information on issues that might arise with your drain system.