Why does my sewer keep backing up?

An individual fixture in your home can get backed up, or the main sewer line that goes underneath your basement floor can be backed up. If you are having multiple fixtures in your house backing up at the same time, especially backing up down in the basement floor drain, it is most likely the main line that is blocked. Often it is caused by tree roots or other debris blocking the main line, and you’ll need to call a professional plumber to clear the line. There is no solution for a homeowner to clean out a main line on their own. A professional plumber will insert a large power snake down the pipe.

Once the snake is turned on, it pushes itself all of the way to the clog, chews up the clog, and pushes the debris into a larger sewer pipe in the street. Once the clog is clear, the pipe is flushed out with plenty of water to fully clean out the pipe. St Paul Pipeworks starts at a point in the basement called the cleanout to access the pipe and push the clog from there. If you have had this issue multiple times where tree roots in your yard have clogged a pipe, it is good to have your pipes cleaned biannually. Don’t wait until you have another backup. Get ahead of the problem.

If you are having a problem with a sewage backup, are looking to preventatively flush your pipes out, or are looking for a quality plumber in the St. Paul and Minneapolis metro area, give St Paul Pipeworks a call today.

Yours Truly,
Matthew Dettwiler
Social Media Manager

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