Frequent Causes Of Sewer Backup And Some Fast Fixes

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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A sewer backup is nearly every homeowner’s worst nightmare in Salt Lake City. All of the filthy waste from your septic system returns through the tubes and your home. Like it’s something out of a horror film. However, if you don’t properly maintain your septic system, you may be opening yourself up to a backlog. We’ll go over some of the most prevalent reasons for sewer blockages in this blog.  We’ll also cover some easy alternative solutions, though the best solution is to hire an expert.

A variety of factors cause sewer backups.

This part will look at some of the most typical causes of sewage backups and septic clogs. We want to point out that most of these issues are avoidable if you pay attention to treating your septic system.



It all boils down to what you’re throwing down your drains. Wet wipes, feminine products, and other non-waste things should be flushed. It also entails throwing bones, grease, lipids, or oil down the garbage disposal. Since these items aren’t easily broken up in your septic tank, they might cause blockages in your pipes and sewage tank. Clogs will ultimately cause obstructions, which will force waste back into the drains.



A variety of factors might cause significant damage to your sewer tank. Large plant roots surrounding your home are one way you can have structural difficulties. These massive roots have the potential to wreak havoc on the septic system. Large cars parked or driven on the sewer tank, particularly your drain field, can also cause significant damage. Finally, structural deterioration might occur simply due to ground movement over time.



If you haven’t emptied your septic tank enough, you can be having septic blockages. You should be concerned if you notice that you’ve used your pipes more than usual. During peak usage periods, such as Christmas, your septic tank may fill up faster than you expect. If your drainage system is overflowing, it may begin to back up into your house.

Sewer Backup Solutions in a Quick

Before we get into some simple treatments for sewer backups, keep in mind that they may often be avoided. You can help keep your septic system healthy by taking care of it and being cautious of what you throw down your drains. Here are a few quick solutions for you!

  • If you have a slight blockage, a plunger can help clear it and get the waste moving again in the appropriate direction. This won’t work for huge backups, but it can be a quick cure for clogs around the house.
  • Look in your yard for the sewer cleanout line. This is frequently a long white pipe with a screw-on lid. Opening this can relieve pressure in your system, assisting your system’s level drop and saving you from a backup.
  • If you have a significant backup, don’t worry and don’t try to clean it up yourself. This effluent is extremely polluted and poses a health risk. The best choice in the event of a significant backup is to seek professional assistance.

We hope that these fast recommendations and causes have provided you with a better understanding of sewage blockages and how to deal with them. The most important thing to remember is that sewer backups can be dangerous to your health, so if you’re having one, please get in touch with Thornton plumbing and heat for assistance. Our emergency assistance line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our septic specialists will be able to assist you in dealing with the situation in a safe manner. 

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