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What Causes Clogged Sewer Lines?

When a toilet backs up or shower water won’t go down the drain, it gives homeowners a major headache. But when your sewer lines get backed up, it can cause more than just a headache. An obstruction in the sewer line will affect all plumbing components in your home. It is highly recommended that you have a professional take care of this issue.

Sewer lines differ from drain pipes. They are typically six inches or more in diameter. Unlike sewer pipes, drain pipes can be clogged with buildups of paper or loose debris. On the other hand, when a sewer clogs, it usually involves Mother Nature’s help.

The main cause of sewer clogs is tree roots protruding into the lines. Tree roots are attracted to the warmth and moisture inside the lines. Once the roots get inside, they grow bigger and eventually can block the flow of water.

Roots break PVC pipe.

If you believe you have a clogged sewer, you should look out for these common signs:

  • Your drains will all run slowly no matter how hard you try to clear them
  • You hear gurgling sounds coming from the waste pipes when you flush the toilet

These red flags indicate that it is time to call a plumbing professional. Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can assist you with a wide range of underground trenchless sewer repair solutions. Give us a call today to learn more: (317) 434-2627.

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