Common Sewer Backup Causes & Quick Fixes

December 3, 2021

Quick Fixes for Common Sewer Backup Issues

 

There are several things that can cause your sewer lines to back up. If your sewer backs up severely, it can cause wastewater to get into your home. This can be very expensive to clean up and can lead to health risks. It is important that you keep an eye out for these issues and repair them as soon as possible.

 

Clogs

 

The most common sewer backup cause is a clog. A clog happens when material blocks the flow of wastewater within your drain pipes. They can happen for a variety of different reasons, including hair, grease, cotton swabs, and toys. When your pipes start to work slowly, you most likely have a clog, and over time, it will get worse.

 

Roots

 

Roots can also cause sewer backups. Over time the tree roots in your yard can grow into your plumbing lines. They can also wrap around the pipe and try to crush them because they are trying to get to the water inside.

 

Main Sewer Blockages

 

Another common sewer backup cause is a sewer main blockage. This clog is similar to other clogs that can happen in your drain lines; however, the difference is that this blockage occurs in the pipe that your district or city maintains. When the main sewer line is blocked, it causes drainage and possibly backup issues for all drains in your home, not just a single drain like a clog would.

 

Quick Fixes

 

Here are several quick fixes that may help you to avoid a sewer line backup:

 

Plunger or Auger

 

A plunger can help you to work on a clog and get it out. It can be used on toilets, sinks, and bathtubs. You should purchase a plunger that has an extension flange. They tend to work better than other models of plungers. You can also purchase an auger to unclog your pipes, but you will need to be careful.

 

Liquid Drain Cleaners

 

When you have a clog, your first thought will be to break out the liquid drain cleaner. However, we do not reccomend you use them. Liquid drain cleaners add heat to break up a clog. This can remove the clog effectively, but it can also damage your pipe.

 

If you try to get rid of the clog but cannot, you will need to call a plumber to remove the clog. At FloHawks Plumbing + Septic, we proudly serve the Puyallup, WA, area. We offer a full range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Our team is also available to assist with your septic tank. Contact us today for more information.

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