Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Are Plants To Blame For Your Drain Problems?


When you have a sluggish drain, chances are the last thing on your mind is the thought of plants. But in reality, it's not unheard of for plants to sprout in a drainpipe, potentially causing major drain problems for you. Here's what you should know about this phenomenon.

Sprouting Seeds

Seeds don't typically sprout in drains, but if the environment is right, they can. For example, if your drain was particularly grungy when seeds fell down it, those seeds may have become stuck to the walls of the pipes. This environment is pretty perfect for a seed to sprout. They have food in the form of the sludge they're stuck in, which is usually just broken-down food oils that have stuck to the side of the pipes. They have constant exposure to water, and if they're close to the surface, they'll also have sunlight coming through the drain.

From the Sewer Line

While seeds can sprout in a drainpipe, it's not always how plants in a drain get their start. Plants can also migrate up through the sewer line into your indoor pipes.

Believe it or not, many people have sewer lines with plants growing in them. When sewer lines develop microscopic fractures, plant roots can end up infiltrating the pipe in search of food or water and can end up sprouting inside of them. If this goes on for long enough, the plant may start to grow upwards towards the source of the water, aka the pipes inside your house. For this reason, it's not a bad idea to have your sewer line inspected if it turns out that there's a plant in your pipes.

What to Do

The best thing you can do in this situation is to call a plumber. The plant in your sewer line may not be annihilated if you put chemical drain cleaner down it, and even if it does die, the drain cleaner won't necessarily clear away a mass of plant. The plant will still be there, clogging up your drain — it just won't be growing anymore.

Calling a plumber will let them determine where the problem is and how big the plant is, and then they can clean the drain with a mechanical snake to break up the plant and fully wash it down the sewer line. They can also inspect your sewer line for fractures while they're at it, so give one a call today.

For more information or help with drain cleaning, contact a company like American Minuteman Sewer & Drain.


28 April 2020