You may have seen or heard the term rooter service and not be sure exactly what it means. The term comes from the problem it originally addressed: tree root invasions blocking sewer or plumbing lines. Rooter service is now a general term that refers to any plumbing repairs involving drain cleaning or pipe repairs.
Whether sewer or drain problems are caused by tree roots or other things, it's important to recognize the signs that a clog or backup is happening before it becomes a costly emergency situation.
Issues Requiring Rooter Service
If you notice any of these problems, you should probably contact a professional rooter service to resolve them.
1. Multiple Clogs
If more than one toilet or sink becomes clogged at the same time, you likely have a clog somewhere in your main drain system, not in each individual fixture. Home remedies like plungers and chemical drain cleaners won’t work since these types of clogs are usually deep inside the drain system.
2. Slow Shower and Tub Drains
Water should drain immediately when you're showering and very quickly after bath water is released. A slow moving drain might seem like a small problem but it can quickly become a big issue if not resolved. Left untreated, a complete blockage can occur, which can lead to property damage from broken pipes and flooding.
3. Slow Floor Drains
Basements, laundry rooms, garages, patios, driveways, and bathrooms in older homes often have a drain to carry away water and prevent flooding. If any of these begin to drain slowly, it’s an indication of a clog developing. Getting professional drain cleaning services when you first notice a slow moving drain can prevent costly flooding.
4. Strange Noises in Plumbing Fixtures
Gurgling, bubbling or other strange noises should not be coming from the plumbing fixtures or drains in your home. Gurgling noises in drains are usually caused by either a clogged drain line or a clogged vent pipe. Locating and resolving the source of the problem is generally best done by a professional plumber.
5. Wastewater Backup
Wastewater backups in one plumbing fixture after you use another (for example, water backing up into your tub after you flush the toilet) means there is likely a serious clog somewhere in your drain system. These types of large clogs usually need to be resolved by a professional plumber.
Any of these signs can indicate your drains need attention. Having a professional plumber diagnose and correct an issue when you first notice it will save money in the long run. Ignoring clogs or slow-moving drains almost always results in bigger and more costly repair bills.
Rooter Problems Won’t Go Away
Clogs inside one of your home’s drains will usually only affect the appliance or fixture closest to the clog. For example, a clogged kitchen drain may impact the garbage disposal. These clogs are usually made up of organic materials such as food scraps, soap scum and hair.
Minor clogs may be something you can resolve on your own but if they occur often, it's best to call a professional plumber to get a more permanent solution.
If you have a larger clog that is blocking your home’s sewer line, you’ll notice symptoms like widespread drainage issues or wastewater backups in tubs and showers when a toilet is flushed. These larger clogs are best left to professionals since DIY options won’t resolve the issue completely.
The most severe clogs involve sewer lines. Clogs in sewer lines can create wastewater backups that flood your home, causing costly property damage and creating a health hazard.
What Causes Rooter Issues?
Sewer clogs are frequently caused by debris buildup or non-flushable items in pipes. Sewer line damage can also be caused by tree roots damaging an older sewer pipe. Given enough time, tree roots will invade and grow inside sewer pipes leading to a living, growing clog that requires professional help to remove and repair.
Once tree roots break into your sewer line, two problems happen. First, the damaged portion of the pipe allows sewage to leak into your yard. If you notice standing water, spongy grass or an odor in your yard, those are clear signs of a break in your sewer line. The second issue that can develop is that the roots can continue to grow up into the pipe as they absorb water, causing a partial or complete blockage of the sewer line.
Over time, a clog or blockage can prevent proper drainage inside your home and even lead to raw sewage backing up inside your home. Rooter services can solve the common problem of slow or clogged drains before a complete blockage occurs.
How Professional Rooter Services Work
Rooter services involve a variety of tools and techniques depending on the type of drain or sewer issue. Cleaning and repairing drains may involve pumping high-pressure water through the drains, use of industrial grade drain snakes, or taking pipes apart to manually remove clogs.
Preventing and repairing costly leaks, clogs, and breaks in sewer lines is important for your family’s health. It’s also an important way to help with water conservation. Having your home’s sewer and drainage system inspected can locate problems early and save you money in the long run.
If your sewer line is older or made of less durable materials than modern sewer pipes, an inspection of your drains and sewer lines is a good preventative step. Using a camera probe, a trained technician can inspect drain and sewer lines for clogs and breaks. A camera inspection transmits a signal to a video screen allowing you and the technician to see into your pipes. Doing this can save hundreds of dollars instead of waiting until you experience serious clogs or breaks in your sewer line.
Whether you are experiencing the early signs of a sewer line clog or are facing a sewage backup emergency, call Simply Green Plumbing, Sewer & Rooter at (408) 716-1686 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
We know that plumbing problems can happen day or night. That’s why Simply Green Plumbing, Sewer & Rooter offers emergency plumbing services at no extra cost.