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Sewer System Backups Service

A sewer system backup is not only inconvenient but can also pose significant health and safety risks. If you’re experiencing sewer system backups, Einstein Plumbing is here to provide reliable and swift solutions. Our experienced team specializes in diagnosing and resolving sewer system issues, ensuring your home remains clean, safe, and functional.

Sewer System Backups

Clearing and Cleaning

Our skilled technicians use advanced technology to accurately diagnose the cause of sewer system backups. We use proven methods to clear and clean your sewer lines, removing blockages and buildup that lead to backups. Our goal is to restore proper flow and prevent future occurrences.

Preventive Measures

To prevent future sewer system backups, we provide expert advice and recommendations. This may include tree root removal, regular maintenance, and upgrades to your sewer system.  Our 24/7 emergency plumbing services ensure rapid response to address urgent backups and prevent further damage.

Common Causes of Sewer System Backups

Your sewer system operates diligently beneath your home, efficiently transporting wastewater away from your living spaces. However, just like any complex system, sewer lines can experience issues that lead to backups, causing wastewater to flow back into your home instead of away from it. Sewer system backups can be distressing, causing inconvenience, potential property damage, and health hazards. Understanding the causes, recognizing the signs, and taking preventive measures can help you avoid such situations and maintain a smoothly functioning plumbing system.

Sewer system backups can result from a variety of factors, some of which include:


The most common cause of backups, blockages can occur due to the buildup of grease, soap scum, hair, and other debris in the sewer line. These blockages obstruct the flow of wastewater, causing it to back up into your home.

Tree Root Intrusion

Tree roots seek out sources of water, and unfortunately, sewer lines can become a target. Roots can infiltrate the sewer pipes, causing obstructions and even causing pipes to crack or collapse.

Collapsed Pipes

Over time, sewer pipes can deteriorate, leading to collapses or breaches in the line. This obstruction prevents wastewater from flowing freely and can result in backups.

Improper Disposal

 Flushing items like baby wipes, paper towels, and hygiene products down the toilet can cause clogs in your sewer line, leading to backups.

Sagging or Bellied Pipes

Sections of the sewer line that sag or develop bellies can collect debris and impede the flow of wastewater, resulting in backups.

Fats, Oils, and Grease: Pouring fats, oils, and grease down your drains can lead to buildup in the sewer line, eventually causing clogs and backups.

Foreign Objects

 Items accidentally flushed down the toilet, like toys or jewelry, can become lodged in the sewer line, contributing to blockages and backups.

To prevent future sewer system backups, we provide expert advice and recommendations. This may include tree root removal, regular maintenance, and upgrades to your sewer system.  Our 24/7 emergency plumbing services ensure rapid response to address urgent backups and prevent further damage.

Recognizing the Signs of Backups

Being able to identify the early signs of sewer system backups is essential for prompt action. Look out for:

Slow Drains

 If multiple drains in your home are draining slowly or not draining at all, it could indicate a blockage in the sewer line.

Unpleasant Odors

Foul odors coming from your drains, toilets, or even your yard can signal a sewer backup.

Gurgling Sounds

If you hear gurgling sounds when you flush the toilet or run water down the drain, it might indicate that air is trapped due to a blockage.

Water Backup

Water backing up into sinks, toilets, or showers when you use other fixtures suggests a problem in the sewer line.

Greener Patches

A sudden lush and green patch of grass in your yard, even when the weather is dry, can indicate a sewer leak.

Multiple Clogs

If you’re experiencing clogs in various fixtures simultaneously, it could be a sign of a blockage further down the sewer line.

Preventive Measures for Sewer System Backups

Preventing sewer system backups is crucial to maintaining a trouble-free plumbing system. Follow these preventive measures:

Dispose of Waste Properly:

Avoid flushing items that don’t belong in the toilet. Use trash bins for items like baby wipes, paper towels, and hygiene products.

Limit FOG Disposal

Minimize the disposal of fats, oils, and grease down your drains. Allow grease to solidify and dispose of it in the trash.

Tree Maintenance

 If you have trees on your property, regularly inspect and trim their roots to prevent intrusion into the sewer line.

Regular Inspections

Schedule routine professional inspections of your sewer system to catch potential issues before they escalate.

Install Backflow Prevention Devices

Backflow prevention devices can help prevent wastewater from flowing back into your home.

Avoid DIY Solutions

Chemical drain cleaners and DIY plumbing attempts can worsen blockages. Instead, seek professional assistance

Professional Assistance: Navigating the Solution

When facing sewer system backups, professional assistance is essential. Licensed plumbers have the expertise and equipment to diagnose the issue accurately and recommend appropriate solutions. Attempting DIY fixes can worsen the problem and result in more extensive damage and costly repairs.

The Process of Clearing Sewer System Backups

When faced with a sewer system backup, entrusting the resolution to professional plumbers ensures a methodical and effective approach. Plumbers follow a systematic process that involves several key stages to accurately diagnose the issue, clear blockages, and address underlying structural concerns. Let’s delve deeper into each step of this process:

1. Diagnosis: Unveiling the Culprit

The first step in tackling a sewer system backup is to identify the cause and location of the obstruction. Plumbers utilize advanced video inspection tools to explore the inner workings of your sewer line. A high-resolution camera is inserted into the sewer line, transmitting real-time footage to a monitor above ground. This visual inspection allows plumbers to:

  • Identify the Cause: Whether it’s a buildup of debris, tree root intrusion, collapsed pipes, or other factors, the camera provides a clear view of what’s causing the backup.
  • Pinpoint the Location: The camera’s tracking capabilities enable plumbers to precisely locate the blockage or structural issue, minimizing the need for unnecessary digging or disruption.

2. Clearing the Blockage: Swift Restoration

Once the cause and location of the backup are determined, plumbers move on to clearing the blockage to restore proper wastewater flow. The technique employed depends on the nature of the obstruction:

  • Hydro Jetting: In cases where the blockage is caused by grease, debris, or sediment buildup, hydro jetting is a powerful solution. This technique involves directing a high-pressure stream of water into the sewer line. The force of the water effectively dislodges and flushes away the obstruction, leaving the pipe clean and clear.
  • Mechanical Snaking: For more stubborn blockages, plumbers may use a mechanical snake, also known as an auger, to physically break up the obstruction. The snake is inserted into the pipe, and its rotating action helps dislodge the blockage and push it through the system.

3. Repair or Replacement: Addressing Underlying Issues

While clearing the blockage often resolves the immediate issue, professional plumbers take a holistic approach by considering the overall health of your sewer system. If the backup is the result of structural issues, such as collapsed pipes or significant deterioration, plumbers may recommend repair or replacement:

  • Pipe Repair: If the issue is confined to a specific section of the sewer line, plumbers can perform targeted repairs. This might involve replacing the damaged portion of the pipe while leaving the rest intact.
  • Pipe Replacement: In cases where the sewer line has suffered extensive damage, complete pipe replacement might be the most viable option. Modern replacement materials offer enhanced durability and longevity.

The professional process for clearing sewer system backups exemplifies the expertise and precision that licensed plumbers bring to the table. By systematically diagnosing the issue, employing appropriate techniques for blockage clearance, and addressing underlying structural concerns, plumbers ensure that your sewer system is restored to optimal functioning. Their knowledge, advanced tools, and methodical approach save you time, money, and stress, while also preventing future disruptions and potential damage to your plumbing system.

Restoration and Aftercare

After clearing the backup, it’s essential to address any damage that may have occurred. This might include cleaning up wastewater, decontaminating affected areas, and repairing any property damage. Proper aftercare ensures your home returns to a safe and sanitary condition.

A Flowing Future

Sewer system backups can disrupt your daily routine and compromise your living environment. By understanding the common causes, recognizing the signs, and taking preventive measures, you can minimize the risk of backups and maintain the functionality of your plumbing system. Remember, when faced with a sewer system backup, seek professional assistance to ensure a swift and effective resolution. In the next part of this guide, we’ll delve deeper into the intricate process of sewer system backup resolution, providing insights into the steps involved, the importance of professional expertise, and how this investment can lead to a more resilient and trouble-free plumbing system.