Sewer lines transport waste water from your home to underground sewer mains if you have municipal sewer in your area, or to your private septic system or mound system, if there is no municipal sewer in your area. Like any plumbing pipe, sewer lines can become clogged. If this happens, sewage can back up into your home and cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair and can create health hazards. What causes a sewer line to clog?
Anything that restricts the flow of waste through the sewer line can cause a clog. Tree roots or collapsed sewer lines are often the cause of sewer line clogs in older homes. Old and deteriorated lines can collapse or contain small cracks. Tree roots can grow into these small cracks and clog from within, or they can wrap themselves around the sewer line and cause the collapse.
Another cause of sewer line clogs is misuse of the system. In other words, flushing things down your toilets or sinks that you should not. Things like feminine hygiene products or even grease from the kitchen. When oils and grease are poured down your sink, they enter the sewer system where they cool, harden and stick to the inner walls of your sewer pipes. Over time this grease builds up and can either restrict flow through the pipe causing clogs or the build up can be so severe that it becomes a clog itself. Grease and oil should never be introduced into your sewer system.
It's important to note that most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover sewer back up unless specific sewer back up coverage is added to the policy, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In an effort to give you the lowest quote possible, some insurance agents may not offer this very important coverage. SERVPRO recommends contacting your agent today to see if you have this very important coverage.
And as always, if you do experience a sewer back up, SERVPRO is here to help clean up the mess and protect you and your family from any health hazards.