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Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer, and Rooter wants you to avoid smelly pipes, stubborn clogs, messy leaks, and huge disasters.

Get to the root of your sewer problems

Is your home surrounded by trees? The lush greenery here in the Pacific Northwest is certainly a beautiful advantage that we have over other parts of the country, but it can also lead to serious problems with your sewer lines. In fact, roots are actually the main cause of sewer backups!

It's hard to notice sewer problems until something goes wrong, such as raw sewage in your basement or living area. As summer ends, it's the perfect time to assess your home's sewer lines so that you can unclog them and protect them from issues before the rainy season when the added volume of the rain to your system can lead to sewage disaster.

Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer, and Rooter wants you to avoid smelly pipes, stubborn clogs, messy leaks, and huge disasters, so they gave us the top things to consider right before the fall season.

  1. Schedule an annual inspection of your home to avoid any massive back-ups that will require more money to fix.
  2. Make sure to clean out your home's gutters, downspouts, and area drains. Excessive build-up can cause nasty sewer back-ups if not maintained.
  3. Consider getting an annual sewer camera inspection to get a thorough look underneath your home, which you can't see without the proper equipment. "Sewer camera inspections remove any guesswork from troubleshooting faulty sewer pipes and are the most advanced method of diagnosing and exactly pinpointing pipeline problems," according to Bob Oates. Bob Oates' service is a great way to keep things running smoothly with your home's sewer line and prevent much larger (and expensive) issues in the future.

If trees grow in your yard between where the sewer pipe leaves the house and joins the main line, it is a good idea to follow these tips and periodically check whether tree roots are beginning to infiltrate, no matter what time of year it is. This advice especially applies if you have older pipes, which tend to be less resistant to roots than modern plastic pipes.

One more thing to consider: The roots aren't the only part of trees and plants that can cause problems. Leaves, pine needles, moss, twigs, and dirt can all infiltrate your sewer lines too. Leaves fall in the autumn, and the Northwest rain encourages moss to grow, so it's important for you to keep up with your cleaning habits throughout the fall and winter.

Bob Oates has recently expanded its services into north King County and Snohomish County with the opening of its new North Shop. If you're in any of the new service areas up north, Bob Oates is eager to serve you and your home. Interested in working with Bob Oates and getting your home ready for fall? Call 206-789-4944 and mention you saw this segment or article for a complimentary inspection.