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What Happens When You Don’t Clean Your Sewer Pipes

Your home has sewer pipes whether they connect to a septic tank in your yard for your local sewage system. You may not give these lines much thought, but it is very important to have them cleaned once in a while. If you don’t, you may be spending a lot of time and money on repairs in the future.

And that doesn’t even include the headache of cleanup that comes along with sewer pipes filled with gunk and grime. If you want to schedule a sewer cleaning in Algonquin, IL, our team is here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about why this service is so important for your home’s plumbing and your family’s well-being. 

Sewage Backups

Just take a moment to think about all of the things that pass through your sewage pipes. Definitely not anything that you want to have back up into the toilets and tubs around your home. But that is exactly what can happen if your sewer pipes are not cleaned once in a while. Sure, these pipes are designed for transferring waste water outside of your home.

But that doesn’t mean these pipes don’t deserve a little TLC once in a while. It is very common for gunk and grime to develop into a clog in the sewer lines. When that happens, water and waste cannot continue flowing freely. And if that drainage has nowhere to go, it will back up into the drains around your home.

Bad Odors

Before a backup ever happens, there will be signs. One of the biggest signs that you have a sewage pipe problem is to begin noticing bad odors coming from your drains. Your home’s network of plumbing actually has preventative measures that keep smells from wafting back up into your home. 

All of your home’s drains are fitted with a P-trap, which is a curved pipe that traps water, and prevents smells from being able to enter your home from the drains. If sewage is already backing up past that point, you may begin to notice bad odors. If you can trace these odors back to drains around your home, you want to give us a call immediately. 

Slow Drains

If you’re beginning to notice that the drains around your home are emptying more slowly, that is definitely a precursor to a potential sewer line backup. If the problem is only in a single drain, you may only have a clog in one pipe or area of your home. But, if you are noticing drains emptying slowly all over your home, your sewer pipes may be to blame. 

You may be tempted to employ the use of drain cleaning chemicals or a plunger to try and bust up the clog yourself. But if you are truly facing a sewer line problem, it is so deep in your system that you need the help of an expert team. Any attempts to bust up the clog, yourself will be futile and may only offer temporary results, if any.

Contact Althoff Home Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Chicago’s Choice Since 1961. Hand It Off to Althoff!

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