La Grange Plumbers

Plumbing repair La Grange Illinois

Sewer Repair

La Grange buildings and homes of any age can have problems with their sewer line and need sewer repair. Newer La Grange homes may have sewer blockages due to construction debris in the drain lines. Sewer repair or sewer cleaning is needed when the whole house is backing up.

The reasons that  a sewer line get blocked are endless. This is the short list of problems we have encountered in La Grange:

  1. rags
  2. condoms
  3. personal hygiene products
  4. feminine products
  5. baby wipes

Older sewer lines may need cleaning due to root intrusion by trees and shrubs. Some La Grange homes have settled causing the sewer pipes to shear. This can be a complete stoppage or may restrict flow,¬† leaving an edge for debris to catch onto, causing a blockage. The sewer line must be cleaned of these items and repaired before flow can be restored and this is done by a professional plumber with the right tools. Heavy rodding equipment is needed to go the long distance down the sewer all the way to the “main” in the street. Sewer cleaning is dirty hard work and do it your-selfers will want to call a professional plumber for these jobs.

Most plumbers use a K1500 which has rolls of cable with a cutting tool attached to the end. The cable comes in sections, and sections are added as needed to get to the blockage, which could be 50 feet or more from the building. The cutting head on the cable can also be changed depending on the need and the size of the opening to the sewer line. Inside drains are narrow and for this reason the best outcome happens when the sewer is rodded from an outside 6 inch opening. This opening is called a clean-out and if you do not have one, then one may be suggested by your plumber. Clean-outs are necessary to get the proper size cutting head into the sewer to restore it to its original diameter.