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Fighting against home sewer back ups is easy when you can identify the common causes and can take preventative action! While it is easy to forget to check on your home’s plumbing situation, it is a good rule of thumb to handle any problems that naturally arise and have a scheduled maintenance to catch anything that is going on underneath the surface. So let’s talk about some of the causes of home sewer back ups that you can start identifying.

The most common causes include: clogged drains and pipes, invasive tree roots, and collapsed pipelines. As you can tell, keeping tree roots from growing into your home’s pipes is not a task you can keep up with, so it is important to focus on the aspect you can change, such as clogged drains and let a trip from a plumber take care of the rest.

Some steps you can do to reduce clogs include clearing any blockage that is building up within the linings of the pipes and just being careful about what you let go down the drain. When it comes to clearing out some of the gunk that sticks to the walls of the pipe, you have a few options.

One popular method is to buy some drain cleaner from your local market but be cautious because each use will wear down the pipe and will make a ruptured pipe that much more common. You could also try a home remedy of pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain, wait for half an hour and then pour down very hot water.

Lastly, you can really reduce the likelihood of clogged drain or plumbing backup by being careful about what falls down the drain to begin with. Some common culprits for clogs include: hair, grease, bone, coffee grinds, and other trash such as dental floss. So long as you are cautious about what goes down the drain and you contact a plumber when a problem like a ruptured pipe arises, you shouldn’t have to worry much about home sewer back ups!