The 5 Most Common Causes of Sewer Drain Clogs

March 14, 2019

The 5 Most Common Causes of Sewer Drain Clogs

Put simply, the main difference between a sewer drain clog and a drain clog is that if your sewer drain is clogged, none of your pipes will work. If your drain is clogged, only that drain will be affected. At High Speed Plumbing we can help with drain unclogging and much more. Keep reading to discover five of the most common causes of sewer drain clogs and then contact us at 626-890-0185 if you need plumbing help.

  1. Severe Damage to Pipes

  2. If a sewer pipe is broken or it has become ruptured, it is not going to be able to drain sewage through the system. This can lead to backups that happen right away. This can be caused by a rupture of moving soil, more traffic on the ground above the pipes, or heavy equipment being used on the ground above it. Other causes included corroded older pipes and leaking joints.

  3. Your Sewer Line is Sagging

  4. As a homeowner, you have no control over whether or not your sewer lines are sagging. This happens over time when part of a section of the pipe sinks due to the ground or soil conditions. As a consequence, the low point in the sewer line will start collecting paper and waste, which will eventually lead to a blockage.

  5. Tree Roots Have Infiltrated the Sewer Pipes

  6. If you have older sewer lines, they may be made out of clay or another similar porous material. This made them more likely to damaged by tree roots. The connections between these older pipes were also not generally as tight as today’s PVC joints are. As trees grow, their roots look for sources of water. Over a long period of time, they can actually grow right into the pipes.

  7. Debris Flushed Down the Toilet

  8. As we discussed last month, it is important to know what you should never flush down the toilet. If you treat your toilet like a trash can, you can expect to have plumbing issues, and those issues may include sewer drain clogs. The only things that should go down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper.

  9. Grease Poured Down the Drain

  10. If you pour grease down the drain, you are not alone – many homeowners do. And many of those homeowners end up with clogged pipes. Though the grease may be liquid when you pour it, as soon as it hits anything cold or cold water flows through the pipes, it will turn into a solid. What’s worse, it will be a sticky solid that can attract other debris and a clog can eventually happen.

If you are dealing with a clog of any kind then we hope you will consider working with your local plumbers at High Speed Plumbing. You can call us 24 hours a day at 626-890-0185.