Most people expect that sending liquids down the drain will always result in an immediate exit of the material from sight. You need to call in the plumber if the liquid takes forever to drain or sits there without moving on down. Below are seven reasons you could be experiencing a sewer line clog.
1. Greasy Materials
Pouring grease down your kitchen drain is detrimental in any amount. The small amounts that are released when washing dirty pans can begin to build-up over time can cause a serious clog in your sewer line. You’ll begin to notice problems with the slow draining of your kitchen sink. The Drain Rescue website is a useful reference for more information.
2. Organic Matter
Food and human waste can collect in the sewer line and eventually lead to a backup that can plague your kitchen and bathrooms. It may require a power wash of water through the lines or intense snake to remove the organic material lodged in the line.
3. Plastic Toys and Stuffed Animals
Many times you’ll hear a plumber tell of adventures in clearing sewer clogs that involved a plastic toy or stuffed animal somehow making down a drain. It’s most often caused by curious children flushing items down the toilet. A camera can be sent down the pipe to locate the exact position of the item and get it removed.
4. Sanitary Napkins and Diapers
You might be surprised at the items that get flushed down your toilet by visitors and guests. Most sanitary napkins and diapers are filled with a material that swells as it fills with fluid. Flushing it down the toilet might seem like a good idea to some people, but it will definitely lead to a clog as it continues to grow in size. More than one can lead to a clog fast.
5. Hair and Soap
Clogs in the shower, tub, and bathroom sink are often the result of hair being washed down and mixing with soap scum. It can harden slightly as it dries and you’ll see the draining of water getting increasingly slow.
6. Tree Roots
Trees growing near your sewer line are never a good idea. The root system of the smallest trees can be extensive and run many feet out from the trunk. You could have roots making their way into your sewer line if trees are close proximity.
7. Collapsed Portion of Pipe
One of the worst causes of a sewer line backup or clog is a collapsed portion of the pipe. Age and wear will eventually take a toll and lead to material failure. You’ll need to have repairs done before the problem is resolved.
Call in a professional plumber if you begin to experience any problems in your drains. It’s the first sign that you might be developing a clog in the sewer line.