What Causes a Clogged Sewer?

To date, a clogged sewer is still one of the most common plumbing problems. This problem develops over time and by the time you notice it, the dirt in the plumbing system will have piled to unbelievable levels. Although everyone rushes to find a plumber to unblock such sewers, studies show that most of them do not even know what causes it. The following are some of the most common causes of sewer clogging.

Soap and fat residues

The soap that you use in your bathroom and kitchen can slowly cause clogging in the sewer line. Soap particles often stick to the walls of pipes and drains and therefore, they become a huge chuck of solid as time goes by. They may accumulate right under the sink of in the other parts of pipes. In addition to that, fats from dishes in the kitchen can also cause clogging. When you wash dishes, the fats solidify as they drain and may cause blockage.

Foreign objects

Food particles, sanitary towels, pieces of cloth, children’s toys and many other objects that are introduced in the sewer lines can cause a clogged sewer. In fact, these ones will cause instant clogging unlike soap which accumulates over time. A child could be playing with one of their toys and accidentally drops them into the drainage. It may take a lot of time to identify where the problem is even though all that you need to do is to take the item out.

Other factors that are likely to cause a clogged sewer include faulty pipes and poor plumbing. When the pipes break, they are likely to block the drainage of water at that point and so, you will have to fix it before you can enjoy a smooth flow of water through the sewer line again.

If you are a landlord, be sure and put IN THE LEASE with all your tenants that NOTHING should go in the toilets that is not human wasted or toilet paper.  It helps to list everything, which embarrasses them and keeps them honest.  If you have a plumber / drain cleaner come to your property, have him tell you what he found, and and then tell your tenants, because it can’t be argued with. This goes a long way to outing the people who are the worst offenders.