All plumbing fixtures, pipes and drains in the home are connected to a main sewer line. Fixtures that are used the wrong way, damaged drains and pipes and other factors may be too much for the main sewer line. Eventually, there will be an issue, and something will need to be repaired or replaced. This is a headache that you do not want to deal with. This is why you should know more about sewer connections to better understand how the pipe system works, so you can avoid problems.
The Type of Sewer Connection You Have
Spur connections are the most common among sewer connections that are installed in pipe systems. There are also fold-in sewer connections, which are folded into three sections so the house can be connected to the main city sewer, and curb connections, which can be used without having to open the roadway. These three are very common in regular-sized houses, and there is a good chance that you have them.
Other types are drill-in, riser and new manhole sewer connections, which are mostly used for the city and big homes.
What Causes Severe Pipe Damage?
When sewer connections are damaged, broken or ruptured, the sewer is not able to drain properly through the drainage system. You will need a backup for this, which is why you should know what causes sewer connection damage. Some problems are when the soil is shifting and settling, when there is increased foot traffic and when you put heavy construction equipment above the ground. When an older pipe corrodes, this can be a factor too. Another cause is leaking joints with broken seals between each section. If this is the problem, water and sewage will escape from the pipe.
Waste Management Habits
If you or anyone in your household is using the toilet to flush down debris, it will cause a clog. It is important to know that you should only flush down human waste and toilet paper.
Another thing you should not do is pour grease down the kitchen drain, because it will cause a clog. Fats, oil and grease are some of the biggest causes of clogged pipes. You should never pour these three things in the drain. There is a misconception that pouring hot water down the drain helps to wash away grease, which is wrong. Even if you have a well-built sewer connection, this will not help the pipelines very much.
You must consider these things so you can understand sewer connections better and avoid bigger problems in the future. Contact a plumber for more information or assistance.