Three Reasons Your Sewer Line Becomes Clogged

Frequent sewer line clogs stem from a variety of culprits and cause permanent sewer damage.  Aside from creating a mess, sewer damage can be expensive to repair. From flushing the wrong wipes down the toilet to changes in soil shifting, there could be many causes for why your sewer line becomes clogged.  Here are three common reasons why clogs occur in sewer lines.

You Flushed No-No’s Down The Toilet

Toilets draining to sewer lines are especially sensitive to debris flushed. Additionally, they are more easily clogged than those with central plumbing. However, paying attention to what you flush is one of the easiest ways to prevent a sewer blockage. The only items that should be flushed are human excretions and toilet paper. Other products such as baby wipes, facial tissues, paper towels, napkins, personal hygiene products, or food scraps are likely to result in a messy clogged sewer line. Additionally, they can also cause devastating long-term sewer damage.

The Pipes Are Damaged

Sewer lines are built to be sturdy but will naturally accumulate damage over time. Sewer pipes are typically no more than 3-4 inches wide and can rupture or tear, especially under pressure from inside or outside the pipe. Outside forces such as soil settling,  increased traffic, or weight from above ground can create pressure on the pipes. This causes them to break. The metal in the pipes can also corrode and rust, weakening the strength of the pipe to withstand typical sewer waste.

Tree Roots Have Taken Over

Most consumers do not expect their sewer lines to be clogged from plant roots, but this problem is more common than expected for various reasons. Trees and bushes have roots that grow below ground, deep into the soil. The roots need water, which is found in sewer lines. Some pipes with leaks or tears can accumulate plant roots that grow throughout the pipe, utilizing the water source. Eventually, these roots cause a blockage within the pipe and can lead to damages from a clogged sewer.

Frequent sewer clogs can put your family and home at risk. Team Rooter is here 24 hours a day to help your plumbing run smoothly and prevent expensive sewer damage.  Learn more about the services we can offer you and how our team will work to keep your family happy and healthy in their home.  Give us a call today at (888)-510-3976.


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