Sewer And Drain Cleaning: Everything You Need To Know About Sewer Clogs

As a homeowner, you will come across sewer clogs. When they happen, you should hire a sewer and drain cleaning professional to help you in getting rid of them or do it on your own.

Leading causes of the clogs

The clogs come about due to many reasons. The most common being:

Tree roots: While it’s rare for the trees in your home to cause a blockage, when the blockage comes about it’s usually the most expensive to fix. This is because, in addition to the trees causing a clog, they also cause the bending and even the breaking of the sewer pipe. In most cases, the clogs come about when trees are growing too close to the sewer pipes.

To avoid this problem, get rid of any trees that might be growing near your sewer lines. You also should consider protecting the sewer lines from the damage of the trees. You can dig a trench besides the sewer lines among many other things.

Foreign objects: These are probably the most common causes of sewer clogs. Some of the most common foreign objects that cause a clog include: plastic bags, stones, and other things that shouldn’t go down the sewer lines.

A telltale sign that a foreign object is causing a clog is an abrupt failure of the system. To prevent clogs created by foreign objects from coming about you should avoid any products that aren’t supposed to be in the sewer lines from getting there. You also should train the people that you are living with on how to handle the sewer lines.

Grease: Clogs caused by oil are common in restaurants, but it’s not rare to find them in homes. In most cases, you will have grease-caused clogs when you pour the used grease directly in your drains. While the grease might seem liquid at the start, it often solidifies when it gets into contact with the cold pipes.

To avoid the clogs brought about by grease you need to have a separate basket to put the oil once you are done with the cooking. As rule of thumb, you should never put oil directly in the sewer drains.


These are some of the primary causes of sewer clogs. The key to avoiding the clogs is being cautious of how you handle them. If you have tried everything and the clogs have come about, you should attempt getting rid of them using an auger or any other device. If they still fail, contact a drain contractor to help you get rid of them.

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