Top 3 Reasons Why Your Sewer is Backing Up

Is your sewer system 40 years old or older? If so, there's a very good chance the pipes are about to crack or warp, causing leaks and sewage back ups - if it hasn't already. Knowing the possible causes of sewer problems can help you prevent and treat sewer problems before they cause excessive damage to your home. These three problems are the most common causes of sewer back ups:

Cracked/Collapsed Sewer Line

The unfortunate reality of being a homeowner is that sometimes things simply break or wear out. Your sewer line is no different, so if there's a back up or other major sewer mess in your home, chances are it's a problem with the sewer line itself. Fortunately, trenchless sewer repair and replacement methods eliminate the need for complete yard excavation.

Root Intrusion

When sewage pipes are installed, roots or plant growth are all cleared from the surrounding area, but that doesn't mean it will stay that way. Trees spread their roots as time wears on and the older your pipes are, the more likely they've experienced root intrusion causing cracks, breaks, or pipe displacement. When the roots disturb the pipe, it can result in sewer back ups and leakage.


Many things can cause sewer blockages, but the most common causes are excess toilet paper, garbage, grease, hair, and sedative that build up over time. Without regular sewer drain maintenance and cleaning, clogs can be a common and costly occurrence. Of course, the best way to prevent sewer blockages is to be smart about what you put down the drain and treat your system with care.

For more information about trenchless sewer repair or replacement and all other sewer-related services, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today. We can diagnose and correct any degree of sewer issue, big or small.

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