3 Top Reasons Why You Might Have Sluggish Drains

Posted on: 25 August 2016

Do you have drains that are starting to run slowly or that have nearly stopped? Have you tried using a drain-opening chemical, but it doesn't seem to have done much good? If several of your drains have stopped working at once, chances are good that there is nothing wrong with the drains themselves. Instead, the fault is likely to lie within the sewer line just outside your home. There are a number of reasons why water no longer flows through the pipes, but some of the most likely scenarios are: 

Foreign object: This is likely to occur if you have small children. Small children sometimes love to experiment with toilets, flushing anything and everything down the drain. You might not even realize that anything is amiss for some time, at least not until your drains don't work anymore. A plastic action figure or other small toy has a similar composition to the plastic in many sewer lines, so drain opening chemicals will have no effect on something like this. A plumber that is able to perform a camera sewer line inspection will be able to spot the problem easily and remove it so that your pipes are once again working.

Roots: While roots are technically a foreign body, they present different issues than something that has been flushed down the drain. Left to their own devices, a root system is able to completely clog up a sewer line if it finds only a small gap in the pipes. Should this happen, a camera sewer line inspection can tell you the extent of the incursion and what needs to be done to remove the root system from your sewer line.

Collapse: No sewer pipe lasts forever, but some sewer pipes are more durable than others. Modern sewer pipes are often made of durable PVC pipes, but they have been made of different materials over the years. An older home might have clay, iron, or even cardboard-like pipes called Orangeberg pipes. Unfortunately, from the outside, there's usually no easy way to tell what type of pipes you have if you don't dig them up. But a camera sewer line inspection from inside the pipes will be able to tell you not only what type of sewer pipes you have but also approximately how much longer you have until you have to replace the pipes. If the iron has started to rust, the clay to collapse, or the Orangeberg to deteriorate, your plumber will be able to see this on his or her camera