How Can I Prevent Sewer Backups?

Are you concerned about sewer problems affecting your home? You’re not alone. Many homeowners have these concerns and rightly so. A backed-up sewer can cause a lot of damage to one’s home and be expensive to repair.

Luckily, this doesn’t have to happen at your home. Homeowners who take precautions can prevent sewer back-ups from becoming problems. Here are some things you can do today to keep wastewater flowing in the right direction.


Blockages in sewer pipes are the most common reason for sewage backups. Clogs form as the result of many things, but mostly they happen because of homeowners’ bad habits. Too many people flush the wrong things and pour substances down their drains that have no business in the sewer system. Grease, baby wipes, food scraps, and even goldfish shouldn’t be flushed or rinses.

The good news is that clogged sewer pipes don’t have to be an issue for you. If you’re careful about what you introduce into the sewer system, your pipes will last a long time without any problems.

Tree Roots

Many Summerlin residents have problems with tree roots, and you don’t have to have a yard full of trees for root infiltration to be a problem. Roots look for moisture and will grow and travel far to find the water they need. If your sewer pipe has cracks or other damage, tree roots will grow into the pipe and cause sewage backups. Regular sewer inspections can identify sewer pipe damage and give you the opportunity to fix the issue before tree roots become a problem.

Collapsed Pipes

Nothing lasts forever and this includes sewer pipes. With proper maintenance, most sewer pipes can last 50-75 years. However, natural circumstances can interfere with the pipe’s longevity. What we’re talking about is changes in soil composition and subterranean earth movements. These situations can cause sewer pipes to collapse and block wastewater from moving through leading to sewer back-ups. Clay and cast-iron pipes are most susceptible to this problem, which is why today’s sewer pipes are made from a heavy-duty plastic material.

Do you have a concern about your sewage system? Call a plumber in Summerlin, NV, to inspect the sewer system. At Summerlin Plumbing & Rooter Pros, we suggest homeowners have their sewer pipes inspected and cleaned regularly to prevent backups and expensive repairs.

How often do I need a sewer inspection?

The best answer is the one given to you by your sewer specialist and depends on the age of the sewer system, it’s current condition and any previous problems. To schedule an initial inspection, call Summerlin Plumbing & Rooter Pros today!

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