There are many causes for backups. Roots, broken pipe, obstructions, ‘flushable’ wipes and grease buildup are the most common problems. If your home was built prior to the late 1980s you should have a qualified contractor cable your sewer line annually to clean out tree roots and keep your sewer line open and clear.

There are several things you should do to help prevent backups:

1. Do not flush paper towels, feminine products, ‘flushable’ wipes or plastics down the toilet.
2. Limit the use of the garbage disposal and always run water for several minutes after use.
3. Use screens on sink and tub drains to prevent hair and other items from falling into the drain.
4. Do not pour grease or oil down the drain.

If your sewer is currently backed up you should have it cleaned to remove the blockage. If your sewer backs up regularly, you may want to consider The SewerPros camera inspection to determine if the problem is more severe than a standard blockage.