Sewer backups can cause a whole lot of damage in your home, but what causes them in the first place?

A sewer backup can be a devastating plumbing issue. Not only do sewer backups cause a whole lot of damage, but it’s often difficult to get your insurance company to pay for the damages if you just have standard homeowner’s insurance. There may be extra coverage available through your insurance provider, but most people don’t start looking into coverage until after they’ve already dealt with the damage from a sewer backup. Before our Belleville plumber goes into details about how to prevent a sewer backup, it’s important to understand what causes them. Here are a couple of the most common causes of sewer backups:

#1. Older Sewer Systems

Did you know that the majority of sewer lines in the United States are either over 30 years old or they are connected to municipal sewer systems that are aging? Decades of obstructions and normal wear and tear make these systems and lines unable to keep up with the demand placed on them, which leads to backups.

#2. Infiltration of Tree Roots

The roots of trees and shrubs often wedge themselves into joints and cracks in a sewer line in their search for moisture. This can cause extensive damage to the sewer line, as well as blockages. Keep in mind that roots can travel a lot farther than most people think, so be incredibly careful when planting trees in your yard.

Would you like to learn about more common causes of sewer backups? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.