Winter is a challenging season for sewer systems. The snow and ice can lead to various problems that can affect the performance of your sewer line. If you're a homeowner, you must stay ahead of any potential issues to prevent more extensive and costly repairs down the line. To help you prepare, we have outlined five common winter sewer problems you should watch out for.
1. Frozen Pipes:
When temperatures drop, pipes are at risk of freezing. This can cause blockages, cracks, or ruptures in the sewer line, leading to backups and leaks. To prevent frozen pipes, insulate them properly using foam sleeves or electric heating tape. You can also run warm water through the pipes when the temperature drops.
2. Tree Root Intrusion:
Tree roots are a common cause of sewer line damage. In winter, tree roots can become brittle and break through the sewer line, causing blockages and leaks. To prevent tree root intrusion, keep trees and shrubs away from your sewer line, and consider hiring a professional to remove any tree roots that may have already intruded upon your sewer system.
3. Clogged Sewer Line:
Winter can be tough on your sewer system, with storms and freezing temperatures often causing debris and ice to clog the sewer line. Avoid pouring cooking oils and grease down the drain, as they solidify and clog pipes. Furthermore, avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper, which can cause clogs.
4. Sewer Pipe Damage:
Winter weather can cause severe damage to pipes due to expanding and contracting due to temperature changes. Aging pipes may crack and leak, reducing their effectiveness. To prevent sewer pipe damage, consider regular maintenance on your sewer system and periodically inspecting pipes for any signs of wear and tear.
5. Overburdened Septic Tanks:
A septic tank can become overburdened during winter, mainly if many people are home. It can lead to slow drainage, which can cause backups and blockages in your sewer system. Regular pumping and maintenance of your septic tank may eliminate any issues before they even have a chance to develop.
Delaware County Sewer Services
Delco Storm & Sewer, LLC is here to help you take care of your sewer system this winter season. Our team of certified professionals can diagnose any problems and repair any damage quickly and efficiently. We look forward to helping you keep your sewer pipes functioning properly this winter, so don’t hesitate - call us at (610) 615-7054 to get started!