Causes of Sewer Backups into Basement Drains

basement drainsProblems with basement drains can result in a great deal of damage to your home. In many cases, a drain will back up due to a sewer line issue, making an already bad situation even worse – and possibly hazardous to the health of the people living in the house. These are just a couple of the reasons why sewer lines cause a backup into a basement.

Pipe Age

When sewer systems get to be around 30 years old or so, or they are connected to aging municipal systems, they can have trouble handling normal demand. As a result, they will be much more susceptible to causing a backup into basement drains.

But problems can occur even if home’s sewage and drainage systems are relatively new. In some instances, storm water and raw sewage both flow through the same pipe. During an intense rain, a combined system will typically be exposed to a much larger volume of debris and water, and may back up into basement drains.

Tree Roots

You would be surprised at how strong tree – and even shrub – roots can be. The can be so powerful, in fact, that they can infiltrate joints and cracks in a sewer line. This, of course, can lead to a substantial blockage that can result in a backup. These roots seek whatever source of moisture they can find, and can travel a long way to find it. A root infiltrating your system could have come from your neighbor’s tree.

These are just two of the potential reasons that sewer line problems can lead to backups in basement drains. If you have any questions or you need the help of a professional, the experts with Basement Flood Protector can help. Contact us online or give us a call at 847-852-7150 or 866-930-7898 to learn more or schedule an appointment.