Three Solutions To A Persistent Main Line Drain Stoppage

Posted on: 18 November 2016


If your main line drain seems to be stopping up every few weeks, there are a few things you can consider doing to address the problem. The following are three of the most important ideas.

Remove the source of the problem

Without a doubt, the most common problem is tree roots. These roots are attracted by the water in the drain, and they grow through the seams or cracks in the pipe. Once inside, they become dense and prevent the flow of water from your home. If you can eliminate these roots, you will eliminate the problem. The difficulty in doing this is often identifying which tree the roots are coming from, but if you are able to do this, you then must be willing to cut the tree down. There is also the issue of the tree not being on your property. The tree may be on your neighbor's property, and they may not want to cut it down.

Install a main line cleanout

If you can't remove the tree, you may want to consider installing a cleanout for your main drain line. This is a vertical pipe that connects directly to your main line. It is located outside your home and is easily accessed by a plumber. Without a cleanout, a plumber will need to remove your toilet to push through the rotor coil. In some cases, the plumber may attempt to go through the vent on your roof, but this is not routinely done for main line cleaning. Either way, plumbers often charge additional money to get on your roof or remove a toilet, so if you have a conveniently located cleanout, the work will be easier and less expensive.

Replace the pipe or seal it

A third option is to replace the segment of the drain line pipe that is the entry point of the roots. It is common for roots to come through the seams of the connecting points between pipe segments. The ground may shift over time, and this can create tiny cracks that allow for roots to get through. It is also possible for a segment of your drain pipe to have a hole due to erosion. Replacing the pipe can fix this. There is also an alternative repair process that is done by first breaking up the old pipeline, and then applying an epoxy to the entire inside of the pipe. Once this is done, your drain line is completely sealed. This method produces no seams like a traditional sewer line has where the segments attach.

One last thing to think about is that quality plumbing companies now offer camera inspections of the inside of your drain line. So if you have a persistent issue with roots, you can have your sewer line scoped out to find the location of the root problem in your drain line. For more information on drain cleaning, contact a company like Bryco Plumbing.