4 Reasons Why Your Sewer Line Gets Clogged.

Sewer line clogs can be caused by various factors, and the most prevalent of them include:

Trees:
The beautiful trees that adorn our homes giving them add curb appeal can also wreak havoc on sewer lines. As roots grow, they can find their way toward your home’s sewer lines. If you own an older home or your sewer lines are aging, cracked, or in bad shape, tree roots can force their way into these pipes looking for a drink and interrupting the smooth flow of wastewater. In time invasive roots will expand filling pipes and let enough dirt in to completely block them. If this happens it’s just a matter of time before wastewater backs up into your home.

Toilets:
Flushing anything down the toilet will eventually lead to sewer issues. Most people know that you shouldn’t flush foreign objects down your toilet, but did you also know that “flushable wipes ”aren’t so flushable? Though they might exit your toilet, they can easily get caught up in any of your drain pipes. With time these wipes will build up into solid masses that can become as hard as concrete. That’s why we recommend only flushing human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. Other items like baby wipes, dental floss, hair, disinfectant wipes, and facial tissues can cause sewer line clogs that lead to major damage!

Garbage Disposals:
Its name is a little misleading and your garbage disposal shouldn’t be used as a garbage can. Tossing everything from grease to last night’s scraps down your garbage disposal will ensure your wastewater drains clog in a hurry. Make sure you have a kitchen sink strainer in place when washing dishes to catch large debris and dispose of its contents into your trash can.

Damaged Sewer Lines:
In time, your sewer lines may crack, corrode, sag, and start to fail. These problems are far more likely to affect sewer lines that are 20 to 25 years old. When sewer lines become damaged, dirt and other debris might enter preventing wastewater from flowing through them as smoothly.

If your pipes aren’t draining like they used to, call Douglas E. Wilson Plumbing at (805) 963-3454 for an inspection today.