3 Common Causes of Drain Backups

When water backs up out of a floor drain, it usually means there is a clog in the drain line, not the floor drain itself. When there is a clog in the main building drain and water is run down a drain from an upper fixture, water will back up in the drain line until it finds somewhere else to come out.

No one wants a sewage or even water backup in their home, but it can happen to anyone. When we get calls from Greater Cincinnati-area homeowners who need help diagnosing and repairing their drain issue, the cause is usually one of these three things.

Toilet Paper, Baby Wipes, Napkins, Etc.

Flushing facial tissues, napkins, diapers and other waste down your toilet creates clogs and backups from other drains. Nothing besides waste and toilet paper should be flushed so make sure to keep a garbage can near.

Tree Roots

Roots are commonly found in a sewer line. Tree roots can cause a couple of problems for your sewer lines – they can grow into the pipes and cause holes and blockages or they may wrap around your sewer line and crush it.

Even if you don’t have trees directly in the area of your main sewer line, neighboring trees might be an issue which may lead to a drain backup.

Broken or Collapsed Sewer Lines

Older homes are susceptible to broken or cracked sewer lines due to the type of piping they are made out of. Cast iron tends to rust from the inside out as it ages and clay pipes are easily disrupted by tree roots. These days, it’s more common to use stronger, plastic sewer lines.

When a line is cracked or collapsed, the sewage won’t be able to properly drain through the system—leading to immediate and frequent drain backups. 

What To Do When Your Drain Backs Up

If you only have one sink, toilet, or tub giving you problems, you might only have a clog in that one line. However, if every flush creates a sewage drain backup in your home, you likely have a blockage in your main sewer line.

The best course of action if you experience a backup from a floor drain or any other drain is to pinpoint the issue with the help of a professional plumber. A plumber will be able to do a video inspection of your sewer line to show you exactly where and what the cause of the clog is. 1-Tom-Plumber can prescribe the most appropriate, safest, and least expensive solution.

Call today if you’re experiencing a sewage drain back up 1-866-758-6237!

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3 comments on “3 Common Causes of Drain Backups

Tyler Johnson

That’s good to know that tree roots could spread to your sewer line and break it. I would think that could cause a biog issue for your plumbing since it would have nowhere to send the waste. If I ever have a clog that I can’t fix, I’ll have to call a plumber to see if that is my issue.

Lyla Peterson

I didn’t realize that facial tissues can cause clogs in your pipes. When I went down to the basement to do laundry yesterday, I noticed some sewer backup coming from the floor drain. I will contact a local plumber to take a look at this and keep in mind to avoid flushing tissues in the future.

Bryson Owens

My sister just called me and said that her kids put something down the toilet and now it won’t flush. She is worried that it will over-flow, so I told her to call a repairman. I think it’s good to know that nothing can go down the toilet besides waste and toilet paper.

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