What To Do If Your Sewer Keeps Backing Up

What To Do If Your Sewer Keeps Backing Up

  • Sewer Replacement
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When it comes to your sewer, the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t apply. There are many preventable, common reasons why your sewer might be backing up. Nobody wants to deal with toilets not flushing, washing machines overflowing and sinks not draining. Check out these common reasons why your sewer keeps backing up, and some simple steps to prevent it from happening in the future.

Why Your Sewer Keeps Backing Up

Some common reasons why your sewer may be backing up are:

  • Clogs
  • Blockages
  • Compromised Pipes
  • Municipal Problems

The next step is figuring out how you can prevent some of these issues in the future.

How To Prevent Sewer Back-Ups

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, don’t forget about these easy preventative measures to make sure you don’t experience any issues!

Food & Grease

This one is common, especially if you have a garbage disposal. Avoid putting scraps of food down the drain to prevent the chance of a build-up occurring further down your sewer pipes. This includes grease, fats, and oils that would otherwise coagulate and create stubborn build-up on the inside of your sewer system.

Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes really are not all that flushable. Where regular toilet paper is designed to break down, wipes are much more durable and can snag or collect anywhere within your sewer pipes.


Outside of the home, you must be mindful of planting trees or large plants, including bushes, around sewer pipes. Their roots can dive deep under the surface and cause expensive blockages and repairs for your sewer.

Prevent Your Sewer From Backing Up

To prevent wastewater from backing up into your home after entering the sewer system, ask to install a sewer backup valve. This one-way valve will allow wastewater to leave your home but not come back in.

If you are regularly having sewer problems and backups, don’t bail and call McHales today. Be sure to check out our amazing reviews!

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