05 Feb. 16

What Are The Most Common Causes For Sewer Line Backups

Sewer line backups can be a nuisance for homes! They can result in disasters for homeowners damaging floors, walls, electrical systems, plumbing, furniture etc. and can cost them thousands of dollars in repairs.

Homes that have been severely damaged by sewer line backups often become uninhabitable as well.

There are a lot of causes for sewer line backups, the most common of them being:

  • Old Sewer Systems: according to a report of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation backed up sewers are increasing at a rate of 3% every year. The report also states that one of the main reasons for sewer line backups is often aging sewer systems and about 0.5 million of the sewer lines in the entire US are over thirty years old. This therefore has significantly increased the number of homes with backed up sewers as most of them are indirectly connected to old age sewer systems which are now failing in efficiency.
  • Tree Roots Causing Blockage: trees seek moisture and often their roots make way into sewers through the line cracks. These roots when they start to grow inside the sewer pipeline can cause extensive damage to the entire system. The roots can enter the pipe joints and cause heavy blockages. Also the roots tend to grow and travel long distances which means they can actually block the whole sewer system.
  • Sewer Line Clogs: sewer lines can also get clogged like drain pipes and can thus cause sewer line backups in homes. If a toilet/sink/tub tends to fill up with water when you flush and the water drains slowly, it might be an indication of a clogged drain. However if all the tubs and toilets create sewage backups on flushing, you certainly have a blockage in the main line.
  • Insufficient Sewerage System Capacity: due to growth of residential and commercial properties and construction mishaps, the space inside the sewer drains becomes less. Space becomes increasingly less due to waste discarded by residential and commercial property owners and thus the gutters become clogged and sewage line backups occur.
  • Unauthorized Plumbing Systems: DIY sump pumps, backyard drains and other drainage systems that are connected to the main sewer line without proper authority, overseen by professional plumbing contractor can clog the lines and cause sewer backups due to overload.

There are a lot of other reasons why sewer line backups might occur in homes and commercial properties.
Vandalism in the city might also cause sewers to clog. Often municipality workers have found sticks, rocks, trash, papers, bricks and other stuff thrown into manholes and clogging the sewer systems. Foreign objects like baby diapers, sanitary napkins, cat litter, oily or greasy objects when thrown into the manholes or sewer lines can also cause sewer lines to backup.

Home owners are requested not to take sewer line backups lightly. They can cause damage worth thousands if not repaired or taken care of in time. It is therefore important that everybody looks into the problem of sewage backups without wasting any time and get professional help from a reputable plumber immediately.

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