Are you having problems with clogs and backups with all the plumbing fixtures in your home? Or have you been calling a plumber for the same problem numerous times this year for the same issue? If either of these ring true for you, a sewer line problem could likely be the cause of the plumbing problems in your home.

Sewer Line Problem

Because the sewer line is outside, and underground, it is a problem that can grow unnoticed over time, and fester. When you start to notice plumbing problems that affect all areas of your home, that is when you can suspect that a sewer line problem is the culprit. Maybe you flushed a toilet upstairs and heard water in a sink downstairs gurgle? In this instance, there is a problem with the water that leaves your house. A plumber will do a sewer video inspection to determine the level of damage.

Common Causes of Sewer Clogs:

Tree Roots

Tree roots LOVE water! They can break into a pipe and thrive! They only need a little hole and they will invade your pipes. Sometimes it can happen due to a deteriorating pipe, or a loose elbow joint, or just a seal that broke loose.


Over time, rust can build up inside pipes, this will cause a trap of sorts for debris to get caught on as it travels through the pipes and eventually causing a clog.

Wipes and Paper Towels

Wipes, even “flushable” ones are not meant to go down drain pipes. Neither are paper towels. Only waste and toilet paper are. So when these other things go down, they will cause a build-up and eventually a clog.

Now you need to decide whether you want your sewer line replaced, or repaired. If you have plumbing problems on a regular basis, you might want to go the replacement route. But our professional plumbers will discuss your options with you. McDonough Plumbing has served the Port Charlotte area since 1947 and is the trusted choice of plumbing in the area. Don’t wait until you have an emergency on your hands. We’re here to help!

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