Most Common Reasons For Sewer Line Clogs

Most households experience a drain line clog from time to time. But these problems are typically easy to fix with a plunger, baking soda and vinegar, or a pot of boiling water. But when you discover that all of your drains are slow to clear and your toilets are not flushing correctly, the issue is much more serious. This whole house issue is a sign that the problem lies much deeper in your home’s drain system. The reason for all of your slow drains is most likely a clog in your sewer line.

What Is A Sewer Line?

If you are shocked to learn that your home has a sewer line, you are not alone. Most homeowners have no idea what a sewer line is or where it is located. A sewer line is the single pipe that connects all of the drains in your home to the city sewer system. And when we say all drains, that included sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets. So the pipe handles dirty water as well as waste. And when there is a clog or damage to your home’s sewer line, there is no way for that waste and water to be evacuated from your home. That is when your plumbing problems become very urgent.

What Causes A Sewer Line Clog

Some of the common causes of sewer line clogs are mistakes you make in your home. But others are somewhat out of your control. The four most common include:

  • Toilet Misuse: Your toilet is not a trash can. And when you flush anything but toilet paper, you are going to end up with a nasty clog in your sewer line. Some of the most common offenders that get flushed include pieces of plastic, other paper products, dental floss, and hair. Only human waste and TP should be flushed. Everything else needs to find its way to a trash can.
  • Garbage Disposal Misuse: Like your toilet, your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal is not a replacement for your trash can. It is only meant to grind up small bits of waste that are rinsed off dishes and cookware. A disposal is not designed for gnawing through massive pieces of food, bone, or other trash.
  • Tree Roots: You have no control over where tree roots grow in your yard. But you can be proactive and try to avoid planting trees near the location of your sewer line. Over the years, the tree roots can grow around the sewer line pipe and begin to crush it. Once the pipe sustains enough damage to start leaking, the tree root has won the battle. With water and human waste acting as fertilizer, the roots grow even more vigorously around and into the pipe in search of more fertilizer. Soon, the roots have completely blocked the flow of water and waste in your sewer line. And a nasty sewage backup is soon to occur.
  • Soil Movement: As the ground expands and contracts with temperature change or settles due to time, sewer line pipes can become damaged. And when they crack and leak water, dirt and debris can be washed into the pipes to create clogs.

When you find that all of your drains are slow to clear, it is time to call (956) 450-7774 for a sewer line camera inspection. The Victoria Plumbing Project team will evaluate your sewer line and locate any clogs that need to be removed with a professional sewer line cleaning. This is also a great time to have all of your house drains professionally cleaned to eliminate the residue that forms new clogs and offensive odors.