Common Sewer Backup Causes & Quick Fixes

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A backed-up sewer is one of the most frustrating plumbing problems a homeowner may face. It is messy and a pain to get fixed. There are multiple causes to consider and also some quick fixes you can do yourself. If you have questions, your local plumber will be more than happy to help. 


Trees are going to do what they need to do to survive. That means that the roots will go wherever they find adequate water. Roots can  grow along pipes and penetrate them in order to get to the water. This is called root invasion. Root invasion usually happens when there is a small crack in the pipe, the tree senses the water and nutrients source, and sends roots to the new source of nutrients.

Prevention is your best option when it comes to roots. You can prevent root problems first by making sure your trees are adequately watered. You can also plan your yard in a way that considers how large root systems can become and then determine how many trees you should have in your yard. 

Pipe Clogs

It is not uncommon for homeowners to abuse their pipes by putting all kinds of inappropriate items down the drains. These items can include grease, hair, feminine products, baby wipes, small toy, dental floss, and cotton swabs. Some of these items can go down drains intentionally and some go down accidentally.

A good first sign of a pipe clog is the drain is draining very slowly. However, items such as small toys, feminine products, paper towels, hair accessories, or baby wipes can cause sudden and complete blockages.

\Your best first option to treat a pipe clog is to use a plunger. A plunger is a simple and easily available device that can be used on most drains. You should never use a liquid drain cleaner. Be careful of liquid drain cleaners because some are acidic and abuse can lead to erosion of your pipes.

Foundation and Soil Shift

When a house is built there is a consideration for regular foundation and soil shift. However, these shifts can still happen and can crack and separate plumbing and sewer lines. These breaks usually occur right near the edge of the house where the main beams are located. If that beam shifts, it can collapse your sewer main. It is not always clear if the leak is caused by a shift in the foundation breaking the sewer line or if the foundation shifts due to a leak causing the soil to shift underneath. 

At Texas Green Plumbing, we treat your home as if it is our own. We have over 50 years of combined experience in the plumbing business. We only hire the best because we know your home only deserves the best.

If you suspect a sewer problem in your home, make sure you are safe and then contact us!

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