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Common Sewage Backup Sources

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Tree roots coming out of a pipe system, person with a shovel and machete taking out roots from pipe Tree roots growing in the sewer line are a common reason for sewer backup problems.

Sources of Sewage Backup

A sewage issue in your Club Creek, TX, home is unpleasant and often requires the assistance of a water damage remediation and restoration company to provide a proper sewage cleaning. Before having to make that call, you may wonder why it is happening in the first place. Knowing the common culprits and taking measures to eradicate them may help minimize the risk.

A Clogged Pipe and Other Culprits
Since all the plumbing in your home leads right to the sewer line, it opens the door to many potential culprits. The most common sources of trouble include:

  • Tree roots that have grown into the line and caused cracks to form
  • Pipes that have collapsed, cracked or misaligned
  • Clogs that are created by grease or other items that shouldn’t have gone down the drain
  • Older pipes, such as clay or iron, that have deteriorated or corroded
  • The seals on pipes that have deteriorated

Prevention Tips
While it may not be possible to ensure sewage cleaning won’t eventually be required, there are prevention tips that may help minimize the risk:

Avoid flushing inappropriate items down drains, such as grease and food waste.
Ensure that only toilet paper and waste get flushed to prevent a clog or toilet overflow.
Check the water pressure. If it is too high, it may lead to a leak faster.
Every two or three years, have a plumber clean and unclog the sewer line.
Insulate pipes to reduce the chances of them freezing and bursting.
Keep exposed pipes clear of objects to avoid the joints loosening.
Fix any water issue immediately before it gets worse.

Once you have experienced having to perform sewage cleaning, there's a good chance you don't want to have to do it again. Understanding the common reasons it happens makes it easier to take steps to avoid the issue.

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