What Causes Sewer Clogs?


It’s easy not to think about our plumbing systems when everything works fine. When a toilet or drain clogs, you might wonder, what causes sewer clogs? What about when something does go wrong? How do we deal with it? In today’s post, we’re going to look at sewer systems. We’ve got you covered, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about sewer line clogs and what to do in the future.





Clogs are the first and most apparent cause of a sewer clog. Sewer line clogs are often composed of organic materials like food, hair, grease, and debris. It’s not usually just one of these that causes problems. Often, it’s the combination of hair and grease that causes most of the clogs. We always tell customers to do their best by not pouring grease down the drain after cooking. Containerizing and throwing grease away is the best disposal method. Regarding hair, use a hair screen on all shower and tub drains. 

Snakes and plungers are good ways to unclog simple clogs. The best way to clear out a clog from a sewer line is through a hydro jetting process. Hydro jetting uses high-pressure water to gently clear out clogs and debris from sewer and drain lines.



Tree Root Invasion


Over time, metal sewer lines corrode and eventually leak. These leaks allow water to seep into the ground. If there are plants or trees nearby, their roots seek out water. The roots will follow the source of the water to end up inside the pipes eventually. When the problem progresses enough, the roots will fill pipes with roots. Even worse, the roots can completely break the pipes, which leads to a bigger problem. The best way to deal with this issue is to have a professional drain service come in and replace that section of the sewer line.

If you’re aware of the problem, you may preemptively act by using a product like Root Kill. Products that kill roots go down in the drain to kill roots in the sewer line. This may stop root invasion before it becomes a severe problem.



City Sewer Issues


Sometimes, the issue at hand is not your sewer line. There are instances where the problem is the city’s sewer line. If you’ve had everything checked out, you may want to contact your municipal water service. A backup in the city’s system could be due to a number of factors, but it’s a health and safety issue that needs attention immediately. Luckily, for city issues, you won’t need to pull out your wallet. They will come to fix the problem free of charge.



Septic Tank Issues


So, you’re noticing a serious backup at all of your drains and toilets. You may want to get a septic system inspection. When was the last time you had the tank pumped? You should have your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years. The more often, the better. If your tank is full or there is a blockage somewhere, the inspector will find out.



Call The Drain Cleaning Experts


Sometimes, we can’t always find the issue. If you’ve checked everything and are still stumped, feel free to give Drain Express a call. We are the Chapel Hill area drain cleaning authority.


We look forward to hearing from you soon!