Do you have a clogged sewer line that is causing problems with your home's plumbing? If so, you're likely wondering how it happened in the first place. Here are a few different ways that your sewer line becomes clogged.
One of the most common ways that a sewer line will clog is because of tree roots. Think of all the trees in your backyard and how many of them are close to sewer lines. All of those roots are growing underground and looking for a source of water. They are going to be attracted to the condensation on the outside of a sewer line and try to make their way into the pipe. All it takes is a small tree root to find an opening, and it will eventually grow inside the pipe and cause a clog.
Another cause of sewer backups may be completely in your control, since many paper products make their way into the toilet that should never be flushed. This includes disposable baby wipes, paper towels, dental floss, feminine products, cotton balls, and even bandages. The only paper product that should go into a toilet is toilet paper, with everything else going into the trash. You may have a product that says it can be flushed, but it is best to avoid doing it. Always make sure that you have a trash can in the bathroom so that people are not tempted to flush items down the toilet.
Be careful with what food waste goes down your kitchen drain, since many things can lead to clogs that you think are perfectly safe. The absolutely worst thing you can put into a drain is grease. This is due to how grease will solidify once it becomes cold, and then really make a pipe narrow and not allow other waste water to pass through the pipe. Starchy foods like pasta also tend to cause clogs, as well as foods that are high in fiber.
It's actually a good idea to ditch your garbage disposal to prevent people from putting food waste down the drain. Even foods that get chopped up in the garbage disposal can still cause problems without you realizing it. For example, coffee grounds may seem small, but they lead to big clogs as they collect in the drain.
Reach out to a local area plumber for help unclogging your sewer line and for drain cleaning services.