Major Causes of Clogged Sewer Lines

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No one wants to think about a clogged sewer line. When this takes place, it can lead to headaches, expenses, and even health hazards. Sadly, however, damaged sewer systems are a fact of life, but they can be avoided. There are several common causes that can lead to the failure of your sewer system, so there are steps you can take to diminish the likelihood of having to look for plumbers to repair your sewer line. Here are the most major causes of clogged sewer lines.

Damaged Pipes

Damaged or ruptured pipes can make it impossible for sewage to flow through the system. This will inevitably lead to costly and inconvenient backups. Sometimes the soil will shift over time, or pipes will be effected by increased traffic in the yard, causing them to rupture. These movements can impact the places where different pipes connect, causing them to leak at the joints, allowing water and sewage to escape. Also, older pipes are more vulnerable to corrosion which can cause a pipe to collapse.

A Sagging Sewer Line

It’s not just the land over the pipe that can cause rupturing, but the soil below a pipe can shift, resulting in a sagging sewer line. The low spots in the sagging line become collecting points for paper and waste, eventually causing blockage.

Tree roots

Tree Roots

Trees know how to seek out moisture. If there’s a small leak, a tree root can exploit it, entering the pipe in pursuit of more water. Eventually, the root can take over the pipe, blocking the water and sewage running through it and even shattering the pipe. It’s a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the location of the sewer line in your yard, so you can deal with any intrusive trees before it’s too late.

Using the Toilet as a Trash Can

Sewer systems are designed to handle only two things: toilet paper and human waste. That’s it. Unfortunately, we’ll forget this basic rule, and toss other bits of trash into our toilets assuming it all goes somewhere and that no problems will result. Even restricting yourself to only doing this occasionally will add up over the years, threatening the health of your sewer system.


It might seem convenient to pour old grease or fat down the drain, but this is never a good idea. What goes down in a hot, liquid form, solidifies and congeals around other bits of matter that’s gathered in your pipes. Before you know it, you have a major clog that needs to be rectified. It’s better to pour grease into a jar, and when it cools, throw it in the trash. 

Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you simply need a plumber in Gainesville, GA. When the need arises call the experts at Gainesville Mechanical at (770) 532-9130. We’re here to help!

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