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Common Causes Of Sewer Backups

alpha-plumbing-sewer-backupsA sewer backup is a significant plumbing problem for any home. Sewage and wastewater that fail to drain correctly can return to your home through the toilets, sinks, and drains. A sewer backup can cause extensive damage to your home and put your family at risk of illness. There are several common causes of sewer backups. Continue reading to learn more about these hazardous indicators. 

Clogged Pipes

Similar to how the drain pipes in your house can get clogged with hair, grease, and soap residue, your main sewer line can also become obstructed. Over time, tree root accumulation can also grow into and block your sewer line, making it one of the most frequent reasons for a sewer backup.

Damaged Sewer Pipes

Damage to sewer pipes caused by earth movement is a common occurrence. This can be due to various reasons, such as earthquakes, sinkholes, and land shifts. When the ground moves, it can result in cracks or breaks in your sewer line, leading to blockages or even complete collapses.

A damaged sewer pipe can cause sewage backup in your home, which can be a significant problem. Inspecting your sewer line regularly is crucial to detect any damage early on so it can be fixed before it leads to a sewage backup.

Sewer System Age

Many older sewer systems are constructed using clay and cast iron piping. Although these materials are sturdy, they can deteriorate and disintegrate over time. This can result in pipes becoming cracked, broken, or entirely collapsed. Even homes with PVC piping may encounter issues as the pipes get older. The age of your sewer system is a prevalent reason for sewage backups.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and own and operate our backhoes for excavating jobs.

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