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How to know if you need your sewer pipes pumped?

Replacing broken sewer line pipes

Your sewer clean out is going to be one of the most important parts of your home if you're ever faced with a backup in your sewage line. The clean out is a capped pipe located somewhere along the side of the house that allows access to your sewage connection. In the event that there is a backed up or clogged point, the clean out can allow your or your local Fairfax, Virginia plumbing service provider to find the blockage and remove it.

Having said that, how do you know if you're experiencing such a stoppage?

The most obvious sign is that you have water collecting around your toilet and other areas where water enters your sewers. Most homeowners will try to remedy these problems by pouring a product like bleach or Liquid Plumber down the drain to clear up the stop, but for major blockages, such solutions may be ineffective.

The causes of these blockages can vary. Sometimes it's as simple as someone having flushed an item down the toilet that they shouldn't have, such as tough paper towels or objects they were trying to dispose of. Other times, it may be a more complicated issue like tree roots that are interfering with the sewage channel.

In either case, fixing the problem on your own may be difficult if you don't have the right equipment. The DC plumbing experts at John C. Flood have all the tools and experience necessary to fix just about any sewage problem you may be dealing with and we can provide these services at competitive rates.