Some of the Main Causes of Clogged Sewer Lines

Clogged sewer lines are always a pain. Not only can they cause raw sewage backups in your home, but clogs could result in major sewer line damage that requires expensive repairs. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid clogged sewer lines as long as you understand the main causes.

Below, we provide plenty of information on the causes of clogged sewer lines. Read on for help keeping your sewer line running smoothly for years to come.

Tree roots

A tree root can easily grow into an older sewer line. Many older sewer lines were made from clay and other porous materials. Tree and shrub roots tend to wrap around porous materials more so than PVC piping.

If you have an older home, consider asking an underground pipe service company to check out your sewer line. A great way to avoid future sewer line damage may be having your old clay pipes replaced with PVC ones. You could also remove any trees or shrubs growing near your pipes.

Flushing the wrong things

You should avoid flushing certain materials and products, including coffee grounds, egg shells, facial tissues, baby wipes and plastic. These materials can easily clog your sewer lines and cause major problems down the line.

A good rule of thumb is to avoid flushing anything besides toilet tissue and human waste. Even some so-called flushable wipes can do damage to your sewer line.

If you do experience a clogged toilet you can’t fix with a plunger, contact an experienced, local plumber right away. Doing so could help you avoid expensive damages.

Sewer pipe damage

One of the main causes of clogged sewer lines is pipe damage, which can include cracks and ruptures. Any pipe damage makes it difficult for your sewage to properly drain, thus resulting in clogs. Depending on the extent of your pipe damage, you could need a full replacement.

There are several things that can cause pipe damage, including shifting soil due to heavy construction equipment use. Older pipes can also experience corrosion over time.

Pouring oil and grease into your sink’s drain

Never pour grease, oils or other fatty materials down your drains. These materials will harden within your pipes, resulting in sewer line clogs and other issues. Instead, pour your grease and oil into a container before throwing it out.

Other things you should never pour down the drain include egg shells, pasta, rice, fruit pits, coffee grounds and animal bones.

Sagging sewer line

Sagging occurs when a pipe sinks further into the ground over time. This sagging allows paper and other materials to build up in your pipes. Early prevention for sagging includes replacing and/or repairing damaged pipes as soon as possible.

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