Almost every homeowner has run into the unfortunate situation of having a clogged drain or a slow-running sink or bathtub. While a single clog can be a pain, it’s typically easy to fix. However, what happens if all the drains in your home begin backing up at once? It could be a sewer drain clog.
If you’re wondering how sewer drain clogs happen, we’ve outlined the top five reasons for these issues below:
- Tree roots. As a tree begins to grow in your yard, so does its roots. Additionally, during periods of little to no rain, tree roots begin to grow while seeking for water. Eventually those roots can make their way into your pipes causing it to clog. As the roots expand over time, it can also cause the line to break.
- The toilets in your home. Treating your toilet like a trashcan will cause sewer drain issues. Our expert technicians always advise customers to only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Items such as feminine products and “flushable” wipes aren’t actually flushable and can cause major damage! For a full list of what you can and cannot flush down your toilet, click here .
- Your garbage disposal. Throwing everything from grease to last night’s dinner remnants down your garbage disposal can make your drains clog quickly. It’s wise to invest in a kitchen sink strainer and to follow our list of “what you should not put down your garbage disposal.”
- A sagging sewer line. While this is out of a homeowner’s control, sagging sewer lines happen over time—especially if your home and pipes are old. When a sewer line begins to sag, waste cannot easily exit the home and clogs can occur.
- Debris. Mud, clay, grass, and leaves can get into your sewer line and cause a stoppage or even a break.