The Top Three Causes of Main Line Sewer Damage

A damaged main line sewer is a headache no homeowner wants to deal with. Not only is it a smelly and unpleasant problem, it can also be a expensive to repair. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the three most common causes of main line sewer damage so that you can be on the lookout for potential problems.

1. Clogs.

One of the most common causes of sewer damage is clogs. Clogs can be caused by everything from cooking grease and hair to flushable wipes and feminine hygiene products. To help prevent clogs, don’t pour grease down your drain and invest in a good drain strainer for your shower and tub. Additionally, only flush toilet paper down your toilet—nothing else!

2. Tree Roots.

Tree roots are another common cause of sewer damage. As trees grow, their roots can extend far underground and eventually make their way into your sewer line. Once they’re in there, they can cause all sorts of problems, from minor leaks to total collapses. If you suspect tree roots may be causing damage to your sewer line, it’s important to have a professional come out and take a look as soon as possible.

3. Age & Wear. 

Just like anything else, sewers lines age and degrade over time. Soil movement, freezing and thawing cycles, and general wear-and-tear can all lead to cracks and breaks in your sewer line. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent this type of damage—but you can keep an eye out for signs that your sewer line may be in trouble, such as sewage backup in your home or water pooling near your foundation. If you see any of these red flags, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can take a look before the problem gets worse!



Main line sewer damage is unfortunately something that all homeowners will have to deal with at some point or another. But by being aware of the most common causes of damage—clogs, tree roots, and age & wear—you can hopefully avoid major problems down the road (or at least know when to call for help!). 

JIG Sewer and Drain Cleaning

If you do end up with a clog, give JIG Plumbing a call. We’re here to help! Learn more about our sewer and drain cleaning by clicking here.

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