Common Causes for a Sewer Backup
A backed-up sewer can cause a disaster in your home. It can result in raw sewage pooling in drains, bathtubs, toilets and the basement. Here are the most common reasons a sewer backup occurs:
Tree roots are the most common reason for sewer backups. Tree roots can penetrate and grow around a sewer line, crushing it. This blockage results in sewage backing up into your home. Warning signs that this is happening include slow-flowing drains and gurgling noises coming from your toilets.
A tree doesn’t need to be over your sewage line for this to occur. Some trees grow very long roots. The tree might even be in a neighbor’s yard.
FloHawks Plumbing + Septic of Puyallup, WA, can help homeowners with this problem. We will cut away the tree roots and either repair or replace the pipe as needed.
Broken or Collapsed Sewer Line
Older homes usually have cast-iron or clay piping. Both of these materials break down over time, which results in sewage backing up. Sewer lines nowadays are made out of plastic, which is a more durable material.
Sewer lines can become clogged. If you’re having problems with just one sink, toilet, bathtub or drain, it’s likely that there’s a clog in the sewer line not far from it.
If you have problems every time a toilet is flushed or water goes down a drain, the problem is likely in your main sewer line. You will need a professional plumber to solve this issue.
Your Municipality Caused the Issue
Municipal sewage lines can become blocked. This results in a number of homes behind the blockage having sewage backup. All you can do is call your municipality and report the problem.
FloHawks Plumbing + Septic can help you with all of your plumbing needs. We offer drain cleaning, pipe repair, water heater services and help with garbage disposals. We also offer septic services, including pumping, inspection, repair and maintenance. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a service.