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Three Common Causes Of Sewage Backup


These are some of the most common causes of a sewage backup in your home.

It’s not a glamorous thing to imagine, but anyone could suffer from a sewage backup in their home. It’s not always clear what causes this backup, but some causes are more common than others. These are some of the most common causes of a sewage backup in your home.

A Clog

A sewage backup is often caused by a clog in your sewer line. Sometimes, it’s only one toilet, tub, or sink that is clogged. If that is the case, it may be just a clog in that particular drain. But if every flush you make causes a sewage backup, it’s more likely that you have a blockage in the main sewer line of your house.

You can prevent most sewer clogs as long as you use your drains properly and you perform regular maintenance on your drains. To help keep your sewer line clear, follow these tips.

  • Don’t use your toilet as a garbage bin: This means do not put waste in a toilet that would normally go in a trash bin.
  • Use your garbage disposal wisely: Don’t dump too much down your garbage disposal at one time. Otherwise, things can get stuck inside of your sewer line.
  • Don’t pour grease down the drain: Grease may be liquid when you pour it down the drain, but it can solidify while going through your plumbing. This can cause the grease to create a sewage backup.

Tree Roots

Sewage backups are also often caused by tree roots. Places above your sewer line might be safe, but sometimes roots from a neighboring yard could be the source of a sewage backup. Roots can grow into your pipes, creating blockages.  It’s also possible that the roots wrap around your sewage line, ultimately crushing it.

Broken Or Collapsed Sewer Lines

Maybe you live in a home that’s a little older. If this is the case, your pipes are older too, meaning they are more susceptible to breaking and collapsing. Plastic sewer lines are the most common ones these days, but older homes may use cast iron and clay piping that breaks down over time, resulting in problems with your sewer.

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