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Knowing When to Call a Professional for Your Plumbing Needs

by Amy Henry

The plumbing in your home needs to work correctly or many different problems can arise. Sometimes, something as simple as a sagging pipe or a partial blockage can affect the entire system. Calling a professional plumber to deal with these issues might be the only solution. Here's a look at common plumbing issues and how they can be addressed. 

Sagging Sewer Lines

The sewer line that all the drains in your home run into needs to have a pitch to work correctly, but if the line develops a sag in it, the low spot can trap water that will work as a sink trap and keep water from running through the line. Eventually, the water running down the pipe will build up and create enough pressure to force the water out of the low spot, but other material can also settle there and cause a blockage in the pipe that requires plumbing services to fix it.

The sag in the pipe should also be repaired and may only need some additional pipe hangers to correct or could mean replacing the drain line. A qualified plumber should inspect the drain line and determine how to fix the drain line properly. 

While it may not seem like something that would happen often, slow drains are usually caused by sagging drain and sewer lines. It is especially common in older homes or homes that have PVC lines with thin walls. 

Drain Blockages

Blocked or partially blocked drains are one of the most common things plumbing services can handle in homes. While they can often be simple to fix, some blockages require special methods to clear them. A drain line with a backup that will not clear will back up, and there is only so much room in the plumbing system, so eventually, the water put down the drain is going to come up somewhere else in the system.

Showers, sinks, and even toilets can have water come up from the system, and once that has happened, you will need to have a plumber come and use an auger or high-pressure water to clear the system. The plumbing service may need to check the pipe with a camera to determine where the blockage is and what is in the pipe. 

If a foreign object causes the blockage, the plumber may have to disassemble the pipe to get the item out of the line. Some everyday things that can block drains include feminine products, condoms, baby wipes, and paper towels. Other objects that may cause a problem are toys or other large items accidentally dropped into a toilet or open drain. 

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