The Top Three Reasons Why Sewers Become Clogged

7 June 2022
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Sewer problems can become very expensive if they are not addressed as soon as possible. However, you might not be aware of problems with your sewer until it is too late. You will need to look for warning signs that your sewer needs to be repaired before you end up with a mess on your hands. If you don't know where to start, there are three common causes of sewer clogs and how residential sewer repairs can help.

1. Tree Roots

Tree roots are among the most common causes of sewer problems. Trees search for water and send roots into pipes disrupting your home sewer system. When there is a small hole in a pipe, a tree root can work its way in and slowly widen the hole until your sewer pipes have been filled up with tree roots.

You might have an issue with tree root infiltration if you plant trees that do not have a shallow root structure. Trees that are less likely to interfere with your sewer system include ash trees, willow trees, maple trees, or oak trees.

If you have any other types of trees, you might need to contact a sewer repair service. After the tree roots have been removed from the sewer system, you will then be able to create a protective barrier that will deter tree roots from entering your pipes.

2. Food and Grease Buildup

Your sewer system might become clogged over time as a result of various things that go down the drain. These include large pieces of food and grease. Grease builds up as a result of soap, other chemicals, and food that is tossed down the drain. Food should ideally be placed in the garbage rather than using a garbage disposal or simply running the water to wash food down the drain.

If your sewer has become clogged as a result of excessive grease, you will need to contact a plumber who can install a grease receptor under the sink. 

3. Yard Debris

Any yard drains on your property can become clogged as a result of leaves, dirt, and debris. When all of this enters the sewer line, it causes sludge to form that can cause the sewer line to become clogged.

After your sewer has been repaired by a plumber, you'll want to install grates to reduce the risk that debris will enter the sewer system again. Once these preventative measures are put in place, it will be a long time before you will need residential sewer repair services.