What Every Homeowner Needs To Know: 4 Common Reasons For Sewer Clogs

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If you are experiencing puddling around your home's sewer clean out drain, there's a good chance that there's a clog somewhere in your sewer system. You will need to contact a sewer repair service, such as Aurora Plumbing and Electric Supply, Inc, to solve this problem, but knowing these 4 common things that can cause clogs in sewer lines could help you avoid future sewer clogs.

Children Flushing Toys in the Toilet 

Potty training can be one of the most difficult rites of passage for toddlers and their parents, ushering in a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to nervousness. For toddlers, the toilet can be a wondrous and fascinating thing, which can make toddlers conjure up all sorts of ideas about where their poo goes and what else can be put into the toilet. After all, their little ears hear the word toy-let, so in their minds it seems fitting to put toys in the toilet. 

Grease Hardening in the Sewer Line 

When fats, oils, and grease are flushed down drains, they eventually harden when they cool, which causes them to stick to the walls of the sewer pipes. In fact, this phenomenon is such a common problem in the plumbing industry that these types of clogs are called FOG (fats, oils, and grease). Researchers have discovered that, when calcium is present, chemical reactions to the fatty acids of fats, oils, and grease can turn the deposits into soap. Over time, these clogs can build up either in the home's sewer lines and/or in the city's sewer main lines.

Tree Roots Damaging Sewer Lines 

Tree roots are strong enough to damage sewer lines. Tree roots actively seek out sources of water, oxygen, and nutrients, all of which can be found in sewer lines. If there are any leaks in a sewer line, nearby tree roots will grow towards and into the crack, which could eventually lead to a clog in the sewer line or—worse—break the pipe and leak sewage into the yard. This not only causes more tree roots to grow towards the area, it can cause your yard to become a soppy, stinky health hazard. 

Sewer Main Lines Inadequately Sized 

In areas where houses have been rapidly built, the main sewer lines may not be adequately sized to accommodate the growing communities, which could cause clogs to form in the main sewer line as the lines simply are no longer large enough to keep up with the demand. Homeowners then begin experiences slow-moving drains or sewage backing up in their homes from all of the drain openings in their homes. 

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