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5 Common Sewage Problems in Commercial Buildings

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Your building's biggest drain is its sewer line.  Major problems can occur as a result of a damaged or blocked sewer line.  These issues can wreak havoc on a commercial building if they aren't discovered and solved early on. Beware of the following potential problems.

1. Substances Building Up 

Never put grease down a drain: it'll solidify and build up in pipes. Coffee grounds are also one of the worst substances for a drain.

2. Foreign Objects Getting Stuck

Sanitary sewer lines and bathroom drains-both residential and commercial-are designed to handle only human waste and toilet tissue.  Nothing else should be put down the drains. Even paper towels and "flushable wipes" are harmful to septic systems. 

3. Tree Roots Growing

In their search for moisture and nutients, tree roots will invariably find your sewer system.  They'll even grow into the line by infiltrating cracks that develop in the pipes.  this can cause serious problems such as pipe breaks, as well as leaking or blocked sewer lines. A toilet overflow is often the first sign of a sewer blockage. 

4. Lines Failing

Freezing and thawing cycles in the ground, shifting soil, tree roots or the settling of a structure can can pipe breaks, cracks or collapse.  When damaged sewer lines leak, the water will saturate the ground surrounding the pipes, causing more damage to the line when it freezes.  Piping that isn't made of PVC is a risk of deteriorating and can give way, obstructing flow through the pipe. 

5. Pipes Sagging

Over time, parts of pipes will sag deeper into the ground. Water, waste, and sediment will then collect in the "bellied" area and get trapped, blocking the line from flowing properly.  Always be mindful of signs of a leaking blocked sewer line at your commercial building. If a problem occurs, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

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