Time to Snake Your Sewer Line


Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking roofs, and clogged sewer lines. We’ve been dealing with that last unmentionable item recently and it hasn’t been pretty.

Similar to other communities, older neighborhoods in Los Angeles have issues with sewer lines becoming blocked and jammed with tree roots. This causes a backup into the overflow system which in our case happens to be located in the front yard right next to the front door.

A plumber (pipe snake specialist) was called in and the issue was resolved without spending a lot of money but eventually the pipes will have to be replaced. Fortunately our problem wasn’t that bad, but seeing sewage in your front yard is never a good thing.

Tip: If after you flush you see the water return almost to the brim then you’ve got a blockage somewhere that could be beyond your toilet system.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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