Hello, Fort Wayne friends! You may have some drainage issues which raises the question. “Why is my sewer backed up?” or “why is my water not draining out?” We’re your trusted team at A1 Sewer Service, and today we want to talk about something that every homeowner should be aware of – the most common causes of sewer line issues.

Sewer line problems can be a major headache, causing everything from slow drains to sewage backups. But by understanding the common causes of these issues, you can take steps to prevent them and know when to call in the professionals. So, let’s dive in!

1. Debris in the Line

One of the most common causes of sewer line issues is debris in the line. This can include anything from hair and soap scum to food waste and paper products. Over time, these items can build up and cause a blockage. Regularly cleaning your drains can help prevent this issue. If a blockage does occur, professional drain cleaning from A1 will clear it out for you.

2. Grease Deposits

Grease from kitchen drains is another common culprit. While it might seem harmless to pour cooking grease down the drain, it can solidify in your pipes and create a blockage. The best way to prevent this is to avoid pouring grease down your drains. If a grease blockage does occur, call A1 Sewer Service, we can use specialized equipment to clear it.

3. Tree Roots

Tree roots are naturally drawn to the moisture in sewer lines. Over time, they can infiltrate the pipes and create blockages. Regular sewer line inspections can help catch this issue early. If tree roots have already caused a problem, they can be removed using a process called hydro jetting, and any damaged pipes can be repaired or replaced. This one you definitely want to call us for. We can fix the issue the right way the first time and take some measures to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

4. Broken Pipes

Pipes can break due to a variety of factors, from age and corrosion to ground movement. Broken pipes can cause serious sewer line issues, including sewage backups and water damage. If you suspect a broken pipe, it’s important to call sewer service right away. They can use camera inspections to locate the issue and repair or replace the damaged pipe.

5. Offset Pipes

Offset pipes occur when sections of pipe become misaligned, often due to ground movement or poor installation. This can cause sewage to pool in the offset section, leading to blockages and backups. Offset pipes can be detected through a professional sewer line inspection and can usually be repaired by replacing the affected section of pipe.

6. Belly in the Line

A belly in the line is a sag or dip in the sewer pipe, often caused by ground conditions or improper installation. This can cause sewage to pool in the sagging section, leading to slow drains and potential blockages. If you have a belly in your line, A1 Sewer Service can reposition or replace the pipe to correct the issue.

So while sewer line issues can be a major headache, understanding the common causes can help you prevent them and know when to call in the professionals. Remember, at A1 Sewer Service, we’re always here to help with all your sewer line needs. After all, we’re more than just a sewer service – we’re your neighbors.