What causes a sanitary sewer to backup?
Most sewer backups occur because the line is plugged with grease, roots, or a combination of grease and roots. Backups are also caused by a sag (or belly) in the line or a sewer lateral that has collapsed. Never place anything in the system other than bathroom tissue. Products like baby wipes and rags and other products labeled “flushable” frequently cause backups because they do not disperse like bathroom tissue.

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1. Sewage is backing up into my house, who should I call or what should I do?
2. There is a sewer odor in my house, what should I do?
3. What causes a sanitary sewer to backup?
4. What kinds of problems do fats, oils and grease (FOG) cause?
5. What is the purpose of manhole covers?
6. If I notice missing, damaged, or noisy manhole covers (loose fitting) what do I do?
7. What is a sanitary sewer?
8. What is a lift station?
9. What is a storm sewer?