Causes of a Sewer Line Clog
September 9, 2022 |

Sewer Line Clogged? Signs and Symptoms You Have a Problem

One of the most frustrating things that a homeowner can experience is clogged drains. There are many reasons that this can happen. A main sewer line clogged can be the reason for your drains running slow or your toilet backing up. If you are experiencing these issues, it may be necessary to contact a plumber to have your pipes checked for clogs.

What Causes a Sewer Line to Get Clogged?

Sewer lines can become clogged due to a variety of reasons. It is very important to diagnose and correct the problem as quickly as possible. The experts at Horn have outlined possible situations that cause sewer lines to become clogged.

Clogged Sewer Line

Sewer Line Clogged from Tree Growth

Your main sewer line is the pipe that connects your plumbing system with the main city sewers. This line runs from your home through your front yard to a point near the road where it connects with the sewers. Trees and shrubs often have long root systems. These roots seek out moisture so that the plants can grow. If you have older pipes, these roots can break through the pipes or enter where the connections are and cause your sewer pipes to back up. Removing these roots will require a professional plumber because they will also have to replace the pipes.

Sewer Line Clogged from House Debris

One of the leading causes of a clogged drain pipe is grease. It is a mistake to pour any grease down your drains because it will solidify and start gathering other types of debris until the pipe is blocked. It is an urban legend that you can pour grease down a drain if you follow it with hot water so that it reaches the sewer. The grease will leave a coating that will cause a blockage, no matter how much water you run. It is also important not to put dry rice down your drains or large amounts of cooked rice through your garbage disposal. Rice will get stuck in your pipes and continue to absorb moisture until it expands so much that the pipes are blocked.

Sewer Line Clogged from Your Toilet

Never flush anything down the toilet except what is supposed to go in there. The only paper product that you should flush is toilet paper. Diapers, feminine products, and any other object should not be flushed down the toilet. Foreign objects being flushed down the toilet is the easiest way to clog your sewer lines.

Contact Horn if You’re Having Problems with Your Sewer Lines

If you are having problems with your drains or toilet backing up or noticed slow emptying drains that do not respond to drain cleaners, you may need the services of a professional plumber. Horn Plumbing and Heating offers complete plumbing services for your home. We can help you with clogged sewer lines or any other plumbing issue. Call Horn Plumbing and Heating for help today at 610-363-4200 or contact us online.