Sewer Cleaning Services in Tacoma
When Should You Get Your Sewer Lines Cleaned?
Part of being a homeowner is understanding that, no matter how much care you put into your home, things can go wrong. Because sewer lines are underground, they are out of sight and often out of mind. It is very difficult to foresee problems, which makes it extremely important to know what to watch for to prevent potential disasters or costly repairs, replacements, and plumbing services.
You can make the most informed decision about what to do if a sewer issue arises when you know the following:
- How often your sewer pipes should be cleaned
- Which signs indicate you should have them cleaned
- What actions you might be able to take once a problem is discovered
As a customer of Harts Services, you can be sure that our team will do everything we can to give you this knowledge.
Contact Harts Services at (253) 285-1771 to learn more about sewer cleaning in Tacoma.
Contact Us for Regular, Reliable Sewer Cleaning
As a preventative measure, we recommend a sewer line cleaning once every year-and-a-half to two years. If problems occur more frequently, we recommend a video camera inspection. With a video camera inspection of your sewer line, our technicians should be able to see what’s causing problems or backups and make recommendations to replace or repair the issue.
If you notice any of these signs, call us for sewer cleaning:
- Raw sewage backs up into your drain, toilet, or bathtub
- You hear gurgling sounds coming from your pipes
- There is water around the floor drain in your basement
- Water backs up into your tub when the washing machine is running
- Clogs occur regularly, or you have multiple clogged drains
- Drains move very slowly
- Sewer-like odors in your home
Typical Causes of Sewer Backups
There are many reasons your sewer may back up, but three tend to be the most common. Regular inspection and cleaning can usually help minimize or avoid these blockages altogether.
A sewer backup may be caused by:
- Roots intrusions – When you think of a sewer backup, the first cause that usually comes to mind is root intrusions. Once a root breaches your sewer line, it can grow inside the pipe until it fills and, worse, breaks the line entirely. A camera sewer inspection can help determine whether or not you should be worried about roots intruding on your sewer line.
- Bellies in Pipes – A “belly” refers to a sagging pipe. This type of problem generally starts with loose, eroding soil around the pipe. This instability can cause the sewer line to sink and sag. Over time, waste can build up in the sagging area of the pipe, which can eventually turn into a complete blockage. Video inspections allow our plumbers to know what type of repair or cleaning is needed.
- Grease Buildup in Pipes – You should always avoid putting any sort of grease down your pipes; it is a sewer line’s worst enemy. Too many homeowners don’t think twice about pouring used cooking grease down their kitchen sink drain, but as the grease cools it becomes solid, which will eventually cause major blockages in the pipes. Hydro jetting is generally required for this type of blockage.
Reliable Solutions for Sewer Cleaning in Tacoma
If you think you may need sewer cleaning in Tacoma, call Harts Services. We can put a camera down your sewer line and diagnose the problem. Depending on the issue, a mainline cable machine—also known as a snake or sewer auger, with a spiral head and teeth to break apart and push through blockages—may work to solve the problem.
However, in the case of root intrusions, additional measures may be required to make sure your problem does not return. We offer a rooticide application, called RootX, that fends off roots for about a year—long enough to find a more permanent solution to the problem.
If the cause of your blockage is more severe, you may need hydro jetting. Pumping up to 4,000 PSI of water through your sewer lines, a hydro jetter essentially works as a pressure washer for the inside of your pipes and can remove some of the most stubborn blockages.
Harts Services is here to help you! Call (253) 285-1771 for more information or to request an estimate.