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Common Causes of Sewer Backups

A backed-up sewer can do a real number on your home. Spring and summer downpours can overwhelm your home's sewer system and sump pump. The next thing you know, you're looking at raw sewage pooling around in your drains, toilets, tubs and basement. Before your floors, walls, furniture and carpeting become severely damaged, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional for immediate assistance.

Here are three common causes of sewer backups:

1. Tree roots

Roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line - especially in older homes. Drains located underground start to crack because as these heavy tree roots start to grow, they wrap around the sewer line and crush the pipes. Slow-flowing drains and gurgling noises arising from your toilets are clear warning signs that tree roots are striking your sewer system. Take action against tree roots by killing them before they spread to your pipes.

2. Clogged drains

Main sewer lines can become clogged just as easily as typical drain pipes. To separate these two types of backups, keep track of what seems to be presenting you with an issue. If only one toilet is giving you problems, you might just be dealing with a clogged drain. But if you notice a sewage backup every time you flush your toilet, you're most likely dealing with a blockage in your main sewer line.

To prevent this in the future, don't treat your toilet like a garbage can. Avoid flushing napkins, diapers and feminine hygiene products. As for your garbage disposal, avoid pouring grease and fat down the drain, as well as large quantities of food - highly fibrous food in particular.

3. Damaged sewer lines

The origin of a sewer system backup could be from a broken, cracked or collapsed line. This is especially true for older homes, seeing as pipes were typically made from cast iron and clay. These materials deteriorate over time, which causes corrosion that will eventually eat away at the pipes.

At the first sign of any sewage backup, be sure to call your local Roto-Rooter expert for professional assistance.



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