How often does Sewer needs Cleaning?
The general rule of thumb is that sewer lines should be cleaned out every 18 – 22 months. But the truth is, most homeowners get their sewers cleaned out on an as needed basis.
The problem with cleaning out the sewer line after it’s clogged is that the cost of the cleaning can go up.
After all, a clog can result in a drain backflow that ends up spilling raw sewage into the home or property and let’s face it – that is not only a very messy and unsanitary scenario but it can be very costly to clean that up.
If you don’t want to maintain a regular schedule to clean out your sewer line then you can look for signs of trouble before the clog gets too big.
Signs That You’ve Got A Clog In Your Sewer Line
- Gurgling sounds from your drains or toilets.
- Water backing up out of drains or toilets.
- Water pooling around drains or toilets.
- Smell of raw sewage coming from your drains.
Sewer Cleaning Costs
Cleaning a sewer line costs an average of $300 with a typical range between $174 and $453.
- Snaking, or rodding, is usually the least expensive route, running only $100 to $250 or about the cost of a service call. Fixing main line clogs can run twice as much.
- Hydro jetting clears more debris than a snake but increases the price to $350 to $600. Severe and complex work can run upwards of $1,000.
Broken and deteriorated lines often require replacement, which averages $2,500. Trenchless pipe repair costs an average of $160 per foot and involves the use of epoxy resin over trench digging. Visual inspection by a licensed plumber is the only way to be sure.
In many homes, the main sewer line can become clogged over time. This clog can be due to normal blockages from grease and household items or outside problems like encroaching root systems. Whatever the reason, a blocked sewer line is going to cause problems. Resolving the problem should be done as quickly as possible to avoid backups and further cleanup and repair costs.
While there are a variety of products on the market designed to help homeowners tackle simple drain clogs on their own, seek out a professional plumber or a commercial sewage company for main lines and outdoor issues.
What Causes Sewage Blockages?
The main cause of sewage blockage are objects and debris but also a buildup of grease.
But often, in the Atlanta, Ga. area we do find that another main cause are tree roots that tend to grow towards sewer pipes (they are attracted to the water in the pipes).
The tree root(s) can either create a crack in the pipe or if they find an existing crack, they will then begin to creep their way in which, over time, will cause a blockage in the sewer pipe.