The water that exits your house in the form of waste goes through several drainage pipes before it generally reconvenes in a single sewer main. That single sewer main goes either to the municipal wastewater treatment facility or into your septic tank. When something is blocking your drains, you could end up with sewage backing up into your house. Alternately, you could see sewage backing up in your yard or pipes actually bursting in your garden. The way to avoid that is to check for blockages and to keep an eye out for signs of them. There are several different common things that can block your drains. A few of the most common culprits are things that should not have been flushed.

Children are notoriously bad about flushing things that should not have been flushed. However, soap and hair can build up over time and clog your drains. These are not the only drainage blockers, though. There are also some less conventional things that might affect drains.

Root Blockages

Roots are responsible for a lot of blocked drains in Ashford. Typically, drainage pipes are built into the ground. They flow under the surface of the ground where there are also tree roots. Tree roots are surprisingly effective at bending, breaking, or puncturing materials such as metal. The root is not strong or hard enough to actually break the pipe all at once but as it grows over time, it can grow into the pipe and block it. Alternately, it can squeeze or pull the pipe so that it does not allow waste to flow smoothly. This can cause a serious blockage.

Drainfield Problems

If you have a septic tank, the waste separates into three layers in the septic tank. The middle layer is water that is then piped out of the septic tank into a drainfield. The drainfield is made up of a filtration material and microbes that compost the waste. However, the drainfield can become too cluttered to allow water to filter effectively. You’ll start to see sewage backing up in your septic tank and in your garden if that happens.

The drainfield is made up of a material that acts similarly to a screen. If a screen becomes too clogged over time, it will start to hold water instead of filtering it. The same can happen to your drainfield.

These are just two of the unconventional ways that your drains can become clogged. They are unconventional but they are not uncommon. They happen to a lot of people every year. If you have your drains checked from time to time, you can usually avoid them. Calling a professional in drainage services is the best way to have your house inspected and your pipes kept in the best possible shape.


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