The diameter of a standard sewer pipe is 6 inches - so it's not very common that clogs occur because of something that was thrown down the toilet or drain. Of course - it can happen - we're just saying it's not the most common reason for sewer pipes to get clogged.
What IS the most common cause is when tree roots (or other plant roots) find a crack in the pipe and make their way in. It's very normal for plant roots to be attracted to the moisture and the warmer temperature in and around these pipes.
Other reasons that would cause a sewer line clog resulting in a backup are...
- Building foundation defects could affect the sewer line depending on where the sewer line is located.
- City sewer pipes could become clogged due to no fault of your home. Click here for a listing of local water and sewer departments.
- Severe weather causing flooding.
- Broken pipes.
Tell Tale Signs Of A Sewer Line Clog
There are some signs that you can look for that will let you know that yes, you may certainly have a clog in your sewer line.
- All or multiple drains are backing up
- Water in all or multiple drains is going down slowly
- All or multiple toilets are backing up
- Signs of sewage or standing water in or near your sewer cleanout
- Water backs up in the shower and/or bathtub when the toilet flushes
- Toilet doesn't flush or it gurgles
If you notice any of these signs in your home - chances are fairly high that you have a clog in your sewer line.
Here are some helpful tips on how you can work towards preventing sewer backups.
- Clean out your sewer lines every 18 - 22 months. It's less costly to clean it out before it gets clogged.
- Avoid pouring grease down your drain pipes (and garbage disposals). Grease can harden and cause a clog.
- Avoid flushing anything down your toilet with the exception of toilet paper. This includes flushable wipes which are not safe to flush.
- Check for cracks in your basement / foundation. We recommend waterproofing your crawlspace / basement for more protection.
- If you don't yet have a sump pump installed in your basement - we do recommend putting one in.
- Get a professional assessment from a plumber on the current condition of your sewer pipes. If they are old pipes, you may want to consider switching them to PVC piping. Read more about tree roots and PVC piping.
If you have any questions about your sewer lines, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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