Many sewer problems can occur throughout the year, but there are certain issues that may be more preventable during the summer months. If you stay alert to these potential problems, then staying ahead of them will help you enjoy your summer even more!


Increased Water Usage


During the summertime, we tend to use more water for various activities such as watering our lawns, filling our swimming pools and washing our cars. All of this can add additional stress on our sewer systems, leading to backups or overflows if our systems are not adequately prepared.


Tree Root Intrusion


Tree roots seek out sources of water, and during the warmer months, they may grow more rapidly in search of moisture. Roots can infiltrate your sewer pipes through small cracks or joints, causing clogs and damaging your pipes, leading to sewer line issues.


Sewer Line Deterioration


Older sewer lines that may have already weakened or corroded, may experience further degradation due to increased usage and temperature fluctuations during the summer months. This can lead to leaks, cracks or complete pipe failure.


Sewer Line Blockages


Summer storms and heavy rainfall can cause debris like leaves, twigs and other outdoor debris to enter your sewer lines, which could lead to blockages. These blockages can result in slow drains, gurgling sounds, foul odors or even sewage backups to your home or street.


Sewer Gas Odors


Higher temperatures can intensify sewer gas odors, which are typically caused by decomposing organic matter surrounding your sewer system. If there are any leaks or ventilation issues, these odors may become more noticeable in the summer heat.


Here are some helpful ways to avoid sewer problems this summer:


  • Clear any debris from outdoor drains and gutters regularly
  • Be mindful of water usage in your home and avoid overloading the sewer system
  • Schedule regular sewer line inspections and maintenance
  • Schedule professional tree root maintenance to prevent root intrusion
  • Ensure proper ventilation and address any plumbing issues promptly


Always reach out to a licensed plumber and sewer professional for appropriate assistance, service and repairs. A&L Cesspool is a family owned and operated business for over 45 years. Since 1974 we have been successfully cleaning cesspools, relieving emergency sewer and drain blockages, cleaning grease traps, cleaning sewage and more! We service homeowners and all commercial and industrial properties in New York City, all the boroughs and Long Island! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (718) 729-3018 to learn more about our talented team, and our wide variety of services!