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Why Does My Sewer Line Keep Backing Up?


Persistent sewer line problems can be a nightmare for any homeowner, especially if you’re left scratching your head over the cause of all the backups. At Blanton’s Air, Plumbing & Electric, we want to help make your sewer line backups a thing of the past. We’ll walk you through the top issues that cause recurring sewer line backups and give advice on how to handle them.

Are you dealing with persistent sewer line backups? Contact the Blanton’s team today for help resolving this problem!

1. Constant Clogs

man throwing a wet wipe to the toilet

We’ve all experienced a clogged drain. Sometimes the culprit is easy to identify, such as overstuffing our kitchen sinks with food waste. Other times, homeowners may not know that certain unexpected items are causing their sewer lines to clog and back up repeatedly.

Taking simple steps can help you avoid clogging issues in your drains. Make sure to pick up any hair that has fallen during a shower. Never pour oil down the sink. Oh, and those “flushable” wipes some people use? It’s a complete misnomer. Flushing those and other sanitary products are common causes for sewer line backups. For a simple rule of thumb: When it comes to which items can go down your drains, we like to say, “When in doubt, throw it out.”

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2. Tree Root Infiltration

Roots of plant have encased themselves around PVC irrigation and causing damage.

Trees are a beautiful addition to any lawn or backyard, providing shade and enhancing your home’s curb appeal. However, as great as these stately trees may be, they can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing. If you have trees that are growing too close to a sewer line, the roots could cause misalignments, leaks, and other damage to the line. Sewers also provide nutrients for trees, which unfortunately encourages them to start growing their roots in the direction of your line. Tree roots can infiltrate and crack your sewer pipes.

3. General Damage

Water pipe break .Exposing a burst water main, focused on the spraying water and the pipe.

Sometimes, just standard wear and tear could be the cause of sewer line backups. Your sewer line sees significant use, so even if you’re taking all the right steps, some problems are inevitable. Sewer lines can crack or develop holes that will allow dirt and rocks in. When this happens, the dirt can start to buildup, creating a backup in your line. Having a video inspection performed on your sewer line can determine what’s caused the issue.

Call Blanton’s for Sewer Repairs!

Checking sewer manhole with inspection camera.

When it comes to sewer line problems, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. The Blanton’s team has all the tools, training, and expertise required to fix your sewer line problems safely and with minimal disruption. In addition to solving sewer line backups, we offer a wide range of sewer and drain services in Raleigh-Durham and Fayetteville, including:

Call Blanton’s at (910) 822-2866 in Fayetteville, (919) 298-2105 in the Triangle, or contact us online to learn more about our sewer and drain services.

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