How to Know When You Need a Sewer Drain Cleaning

Is your sewer line backing up? It is never pleasant, especially when you don’t know what to do or who to call to help. For many homeowners, it seems like it happens at the most inconvenient times (not that there is ever a good time for a sewer back-up). Sometimes, you can anticipate one coming or can prevent it, and other times, it becomes and emergency that requires sewer drain cleaning.

A sewer line back-up is caused by water and waste coming back into the home, usually through a floor drain in the basement or lowest level bathroom toilet or shower. The sewage isn’t able to exit to the city sewer main because there is a blockage in the sewer line that runs from your house to it, so, it comes back into your home. It is dirty and unpleasant and can cause significant damage to your property.

This is why it’s important to know when you need a sewer line cleaning and what to do about it.

Warning Signs

There are times your sewer line may back up without warning. This is usually because the line has been slowly clogging over time and it simply can’t handle any more. Other times, you may experience gurgling in the toilet, see water or waste residue near a floor drain, or hear funning sounds coming from drain lines when the washing machine is being ran.

Washing machines dump a lot of water down the drains quickly, so if you hear sounds in the drains when it runs, or you see water coming up through a drain, it is likely there is a sewer line clog that is causing it. Turn off your washer and call a specialist for a sewer drain cleaning before you have water and waste coming back into your home.

How to Prevent a Sewer Back Up

One of the most common causes of a sewer back up is the accumulation of tree roots in the sewer line. While tree roots are fine enough to infiltrate sewer pipe joints, when they grow uncontrolled, they can completely close the line. They can also act like a strainer, allowing water to pass through their growth while catching paper, feminine products, and other materials, forming an even greater clog.

To prevent this from happening, some home and/or business owners opt for a regular preventive maintenance sewer cleaning. The frequency of these cleaning will be dependent on how quickly roots impact the line. For businesses, this could mean cleanings could be as often as monthly or as infrequently as twice a year. For homeowners, you could do a cleaning every 6 months, to every other year.

Reducing Damage

If you are noticing signs of an imminent sewer back up, call to get a preventative maintenance sewer drain cleaning done. A reputable company will typically offer a work guarantee that the line won’t back up for a certain amount of time when they’ve cleared it of tree roots.

When you have an active sewer line back-up, you can prevent further damage by not using your plumbing or waste systems. This means not using your sinks, showers, toilets, washing machine or dish washer until the line has been cleared. Failure to do so will cause the additional waste to also back up.

When (and Who) to Call

Because you are not able to run water or use the facilities during a sewer line back up, it is important to call an emergency plumber who can come 24/7/365 to clean your line. Sewer drain cleaning specialists understand the importance of getting your line cleared and will come night, day, weekend or holiday to make sure you are taken care of.

Find a reputable drain cleaning company who doesn’t charge extra for afterhours service, who offers a service guarantee and is well rated with the BBB.

Garvin’s Sewer Service has been providing sewer drain cleaning services for over 75 years in Denver and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at 303-571-5114 if you have a sewer line back-up or are looking to prevent the inconvenience of one. An employee answers the phone and can be dispatched to you 24/7/365 with NO overtime charges ever.

Emergency Sewer Cleaning vs. Preventative Sewer Cleaning

We have several customers tell us that their sewer only backs-up on major holidays. Or nights. Or weekends. While we understand they truly mean that it never happens when it’s convenient (not that it ever is wanted or easy), sewer back-ups happen 24/7/365. That is one of the reasons why Garvin’s is available all day every day without extra charges for “inconvenient” times for emergency sewer cleaning. It is also the reason why we encourage people to conduct an annual preventative sewer cleaning.

Don’t all sewer back-ups require emergency sewer cleaning?

Emergency sewer cleaning is absolutely the name of our game. Call us anytime and we have a technician out to you in a matter of hours. We know how important it is to get your sewer back in working order as soon as possible. Not being able to flush a toilet, run the washing machine, faucets or sinks can be extremely frustrating, and also unsanitary.

Allowing waste water to sit for long periods of time can cause damage that requires a restoration company to mitigate the damages. With homeowner’s insurance not covering sewer cleaning or a main line back-up, the responsibility is on you to handle it quickly, professionally, and cost-effectively.

Emergencies can happen when too much toilet paper is used, or when the wrong toilet paper is used over time and doesn’t break down in the line. Low flush toilets and appliances can fail to put waste through the line properly, leading to sewer back-ups. Lines that become offset or broken, can also create an emergency, as can construction or other types of debris that causes blockages that enter the line.

When can preventative sewer cleaning be done?

Preventative sewer cleaning isn’t a guarantee that a sewer back-ups won’t happen, but they reduce the chances. At Garvin’s we stand behind our work and offer up to 90 day guarantees that the line we clear won’t back up. Preventative maintenance makes sure the line is clear of debris. This debris, waste, and/or root growth can catch other debris, causing it to accumulate and not let water to pass, thus causing sewer back-ups.

Preventative mainline cleaning can be done as often as you want at a time that is convenient to your schedule. Most preventative sewer cleaning is done on an annual basis, or per the recommendation of your service technician once they determine the amount of root growth in the line. They may also recommend products that can be used or shouldn’t be used in order to keep the line clear until your next service.

Whether you are needing emergency sewer cleaning or would like to schedule preventative service, Garvin’s is here to answer your questions and your calls 24/7/365. Give us a call today at 303-571-5114.