Why Is Your Sewer Line Backing Up So Frequently?

Why Is Your Sewer Line Backing Up So Frequently?

The sewer line is something you’re super grateful to have—even if you don’t want to think about it. It runs underneath your property and guides all that wastewater from your home to where it needs to go, either to a septic tank or the city’s sewer main. You’ve come to expect this ease of transport, making it so that you never have to deal with sewage on your own, thankfully.

Understandably, when a sewer line backs up, you may start to feel a bit betrayed. This is especially true if it seems to keep backing up time and time again, even after you’ve removed a clog. Finding the source of the clog can make it so much easier for you to move on with your daily routine and forget about the chances of slowed drains or backup.

Tree Roots

That’s right. That beautiful tree in your front yard might be the source of all that stress.

Tree roots grow naturally towards sources of water and fertilization. That makes your sewer lines the perfect target. You may think you would notice if tree roots were invading your pipes, but the fact is that it happens quite slowly.

Roots wrap around and pierce pipes. The blockage of tree root may slow down wastewater without stopping it completely, since there is still room for waste to move past it. But most likely, you’ll experience slowed or stopped drains quite frequently.

A technician may use a sewer auger to break up the pipes. But this might not remove the extent of the issue, and the roots may only grow back. Sometimes, homeowners have to take more drastic measures, such as killing off the roots or even removing a troublesome tree that’s not worth it.

A Deep Clog

When drains keep clogging, homeowners might decide to use a drain auger from the hardware store to attempt to unclog it, or they may even pour toxic chemicals down the drain (which can cause further damage to the pipes). However, this doesn’t always solve the source of the backup, the larger clog located further along in the sewer line.

Routinely cleaning out only the part of the drain and sewer system that’s located near the drain opening won’t do the trick. Some plumbers go in blind with a drain auger and hope for the best, but this isn’t the right way to really clear out clogs deep within the sewer line either. Instead, choose a plumber that uses video pipe inspection to make sure the right tools are used to clear clogs and keep them away.


Fats, oils, and grease are a menace to your plumbing. You may have heard before that you should dump out bacon grease in a separate container rather than pouring it down the sink—and if you haven’t, now is the time to start.

These substances may look harmful when you first pour them down the drain, but they can solidify, turning into a greasy residue that stops up your drains and lets additional debris latch on. Hydro jetting, using a high-pressure hose to jet residue into the sewer system and away from the pipe lining. This is one of the most effective sewer cleaning methods because it truly cleans out the pipe rather than just taking care of the larger clog.

Allstar Home Services offers drain and sewer cleaning services in Riverside, CA. Call us today!


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