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Lessons Learned About Outdoor Plumbing Blockages

What Homeowners Should Know About Outdoor Plumbing Blockages

Ever sit for hours in bumper to bumper traffic? If there is an accident in the middle of the road or construction, the traffic can quickly start to back up for miles because very few cars can get by at one time. If homeowners think of their plumbing pipes like the road itself, it starts to become much easier to understand how one small clog could cause a backup that’s hard to get rid of. Plumbing blockages can be very serious because they completely block the pipes so nothing can get through.

If a big blockage is located in the main water line, the entire plumbing system can be affected. The drains will start to slow and water can back up into the drains. And when this starts to happen, homeowners need to bring in the big guns (professional plumbers, that is) to provide drain cleaning services.

The Forgotten Outdoor Plumbing System

When most people think of their plumbing system, they think of the pipes, sinks, drains, and toilets that are inside of the house. Or maybe under the house. The outdoor plumbing system and fixtures are often forgotten; it’s just completely left out of the equation.

What’s even in the outdoor plumbing system? Fixtures you may not have thought about include:

  • outdoor plumbingSprinkler Systems
  • Outdoor Hoses and Faucets
  • Gutters
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wells
  • Sewer Drains

These fixtures are all part of the outdoor system. And just like the indoor plumbing system, the outdoor plumbing system can experience clogs, pipe leaks, and other plumbing problems. Outdoor pipes can often experience more seasonal problems as well.

As things freeze and melt and freeze again, this can put added pressure and stress onto the pipes. It’s critical to always keep up on outdoor plumbing maintenance in addition to indoor plumbing maintenance.

Clogs in Outdoor Pipes

Some of the clogs in outdoor pipes are the same types of clogs that indoor pipes can experience. However, there are a couple of clogs that are unique to outdoor piping, including root clogs. Roots love water, so they’ll grow and spread underground to reach towards the outdoor plumbing pipes. If a pipe is cracked or punctured, the roots will start to grow into the pipe and form a clog.

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Though gutters are a simplistic form of outdoor piping, these can also easily become clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris, which prevents water from moving away from the house as it should. The best way to avoid outdoor plumbing clogs is to take preventative maintenance steps. Having outdoor pipes inspected regularly can help to identify small flaws in the pipes before they turn into big disasters.

How Hydrojetting Services Help

hydrojettingThe first thing that many homeowners will turn to when they start to suspect a clog is liquid drain cleaner. But this is not an effective, long-lasting solution. The chemicals can be very dangerous to handle, and though they might eat away at the clogs, they can also eat away at the piping materials, which causes more damage in the long-run.

Hydrojetting is a much more sustainable solution, especially for large clogs. This is a method used by professional plumbers to clean out clogged pipes and sewer lines. It blasts water through the pipes at a high level of pressure.

This removes not only blockages but any other small levels of buildup on the sides of the pipes as well. Hydrojetting helps the entire plumbing system to be free of clogs, so everything can flow smoothly through the pipes once again.

McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling

At McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling in Havertown, PA, customers will always have 24-hour experts to rely on when the unexpected happens. Their plumbing, heating, and cooling technicians will work on any make and model even if they didn’t initially install it. Their technicians are also highly trained in all aspects of the latest technologies and systems.