Frequently Asked Questions About Sewer Drains Answered for Austin, TX Homeowners

Austin homeowners in 78754 have a vast array of plumbing needs that often require expert attention. From gas and electric water heaters to repairing slab leaks and leaky pipes and everything in between, Abacus residential and commercial plumbers are ready to provide a quick and effective solution. With licensed plumbers trained to the highest industry standards and dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction, every job can be quickly and securely accomplished.

Whether it's a full installation or regular maintenance for an existing system, it's important to have a basic understanding of how your sewer system works. We've put together this collection of frequently asked questions to help Austin homeowners understand all aspects of their system.

What Does a Sewer System Do?

The basic function of a residential sewer is to collect and transport solid and liquid waste from the home out to the city's main collection system. Wastewater is collected via plumbing fixtures such as sinks, showers, and toilets. A series of piping, both above and below ground, transports the wastewater up to the sewer main. The sewer main then takes the wastewater to a treatment facility where it can be processed and ultimately disposed of.

Where is the Sewer Main Located?

The easy answer is that the sewer main is located underground directly below the street. However, in Texas, there is some flexibility in the location of the main. Airports and private property may present more difficult obstacles in locating the sewer main. If you are having difficulty here, it's best to call a plumber who can properly locate where the main is.

What is a Sewer Drain?

The sewer drain is the primary line connecting your home to the municipal sewage system. It is also referred to as the house lateral drain or the sewer lateral drain. It is this pipe that carries all the wastewater from inside your home out to the main sewer line. The sewer drain serves as a valve, collecting and sending the wastewater in one direction out of the house, while preventing the waste from flowing back into the home.

What Causes Sewer Drain Backups?

There are a number of causes of sewer drain backups. A blockage in the line due to debris, roots from trees, and dirt all contribute to blockages in the sewer line. Another cause is age. Older sewer lines can be prone to cracking, breaking, and wearing down, which can lead to slow draining. A skilled plumber can more accurately identify the cause of your back-up and recommend a course of action.

How Can I Prevent a Sewer Drain Backup?

The best way to prevent a sewer drain back-up is through regular maintenance. Professional plumbers can inspect your sewer drain to assess the condition of the line and suggest solutions for repair or replacement if needed. Additionally, it's recommended that you refrain from flushing or pouring items that are not able to be submerged in water down the drain, as the debris can quickly lead to a blockage and potential backup.

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