Common causes of sewer backups

COMMON CAUSES OF SEWER BACKUPS

A clogged sewer can cause serious damage to your property. Downpours in the spring and summer can strain your home’s sewer system and sump pump. The next thing you know, raw sewage is accumulating in your drains, toilets, bathtubs, and basement. Contact your nearest Midwest Plumbing professional for immediate assistance before your floors, walls, furniture, or carpeting become significantly damaged.

Sewer blockages are caused by three main factors:

1. TREES AND THEIR ROOTS

A clogged sewage line is usually caused by roots, especially in older homes. Because these massive tree roots wrap around the sewer line and squeeze the pipes, underground drains begin to crack. Tree roots are striking your sewer system, as evidenced by slow-flowing drains and gurgling noises coming from your toilets. Killing tree roots before they spread to your pipes is the best way to combat them.

2. BLOCKED DRAINAGE

Main sewer systems are just as prone to clogging as regular drain pipes. Keep track of what appears to be causing you problems to distinguish between these two types of backups. If you’re having trouble with only one toilet, it’s possible that you’re dealing with a clogged drain. If a sewage backup occurs every time you flush your toilet, you’re most likely dealing with a clog in your main sewer line. Don’t treat your toilet like a garbage can to avoid this in the future. Napkins, diapers, and feminine hygiene products should not be flushed. When it comes to your garbage disposal, avoid dumping grease and oil down the drain, as well as huge amounts of food, especially particularly fibrous stuff.

3. SEWER LINES THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED

A broken, damaged, or collapsed sewer pipe could be the source of a sewer system backup. This is especially true in older homes, as cast iron and clay pipes were commonly used. Over time, these materials erode, resulting in corrosion that eats away at the pipes. Call your local Midwest Plumbing expert for professional assistance at the first sign of any sewage blockage.