Almost every homeowner has a clogged drain in their home at some point or another. While one clog can be a pain, it’s typically easy to fix.
But when every drain begins backing up at once, a minor pain can become a major ordeal—and you may be dealing with a sewer drain clog.
Most Common Causes of Sewer Line Clogs
Sewer drain clogs can be caused by various factors, the most common of which include:
- Tree roots: As tree roots grow, they can make their way toward your sewer line. If your sewer lines are aging, cracked, corroding, or otherwise damaged, tree roots can make their way into these pipes, interrupting the smooth flow of wastewater. Over time, the roots will expand. While that can bring dirt into your pipes, it can also create a full blockage. And when that happens, all the drains in your home will clog, and you may experience backups.
- The toilets in your home: Treating your toilet like a trash can can also cause sewer drain issues. Of course, you should avoid flushing foreign objects down your toilet. But did you also know that “flushable” wipes aren’t actually flushable? That’s why our expert technicians always recommend only flushing human waste and toilet paper. Flushing any other items down your toilet can cause sewer line clogs and major damage! Check out the full list of what you can and cannot flush down your toilet.
- Your garbage disposal: Just like your toilet, your garbage disposal shouldn’t be used as a trash can. Throwing everything from grease to last night’s dinner remnants down your garbage disposal can make your drains clog quickly. So, make sure you have a kitchen sink strainer to catch bigger debris. And be sure to follow our tips on what you should not put down your garbage disposal.
- Damaged sewer line: Over time, your sewer line can crack, corrode, sag, and start to fail. These problems are far more likely to affect aging sewer lines, especially those that are more than 20 to 25 years old. And when sewer lines are damaged, dirt and other debris may enter the lines, and wastewater can’t flow through them as easily. That can quickly lead to clogs and sewer line backups.
Top 5 Signs of Sewer Line Clogs
If you know the signs of sewer line clogs, you can call for professional help ASAP—and that can help you prevent further damage and more severe problems. Some of the most common signs of sewer line clogs include:
- Gurgling or bubbling toilets
- Slow drainage in multiple drains
- Foul, sewage-like odors coming from your drains
- Wastewater backups in one plumbing fixture while you’re using another
- Unexplained wet patches in your yard during periods of dry weather
If you notice any of these warning signs of a sewer line clog, call Len The Plumber ASAP. Our experts can help you with any sewer line emergency, providing the service and solutions you need to restore your sewage and plumbing system!
Schedule Sewer Line Service Now: Contact Len The Plumber
Len The Plumber has been providing first-class plumbing services throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. Our team has the experience and skills you can rely on, and we always promise:
- FREE estimates
- Upfront pricing options for any budget
- Zero extra charges for after-hours or emergency service
- Two-hour response times for drain and sewer emergencies
Those are just some of the reasons why our customers love us! But don’t take our word for it—contact us to experience our excellence for yourself!