4 Common Causes of Sewer Backups

No one wants to think about sewage backups, but they are all too common. Once sewage overflows into your home, it is not safe for you to clean it up. Sewage water is full of contaminants, ranging from viruses and bacteria to pharmaceutical drugs, mold, pesticides and other biohazards.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Sewage Backups

A Clog

4 Common Causes of Sewer Backups

The most common cause of sewer backups is a clog in your sewer line. Just as your drain pipes can become clogged, so can your main sewer line, which leads to sewage backups in the home. So how do you know if your drain pipes are clogged, or if it is a more significant problem with your main sewer line? If one area is backing up – your tub, toilet, or sink – then it may be just a clogged drain. But if flushing a toilet causes a sewage backup in your home or business, then it’s likely that the problem is with your main sewer line.

How do main sewage lines become blocked? An overabundance of:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Fats and oils
  • Paper products such as tissues, toilet paper, cleaning wipes, and paper towels
  • Diapers and hygiene products
  • Food waste
  • Hair
  • Soap residue

Tree Roots

4 Common Causes of Sewer Backups

Tree roots are always seeking water, and your home’s pipes are an abundant source of moisture. Tiny tree and shrub roots can make their way into your pipes, and as they grow larger, wreak havoc on your sewage lines. Tree roots can create holes in pipes, grow through pipes, or even wrap around your sewer line and eventually crush it. Even if you don’t have large trees or shrubs on your property, roots from neighboring yards can interfere with your sewer line and pipes.

Cracked or Collapsed Sewer Lines

The older your home is, the more likely it is that you will need to repair/replace your sewer pipe as it is very common for them to crack or collapse as they age. While older pipes are usually made of durable materials, they still do not last forever.

Combining Pipelines

Never connect additional sources of water to your sanitary sewer line. Sewer pipelines are designed to remove low volumes of wastewater from your home. Combining rainwater with a raw sewage line is always a bad idea and will result in an eventual backup and overflow. Not what you want in your home or business!

Only prompt and professional cleaning of a sewage spill will prevent the growth and spread of hazardous particles throughout your home or office. At Alabama Bio-Clean, our professionals are trained to clean and sanitize your home after a sewage spill, protecting both the health of those who live and work in the area and your financial investment in the property. Please call on us anytime. We are here to help: 1-866-305-8001