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Sewer pipes backing up is one of the most common sewer pipe and plumbing problems in north NJ.

40% of US homeowners have filed a homeowner’s insurance claim in the past for water damage, and most of these cases were due to plumbing problems.

Sewer backflow can introduce contaminated wastewater to your home, creating a massive mess to clean up and leaving behind extensive water damage.

For that reason, it’s important for NJ homeowners to take the right steps to prevent sewer backflow whenever possible.

Sewer pipes can back up and need sewer repair services because of sewer pipe clogs, broken or bellied sewer pipes, tree root intrusion, and other problems that disrupt the flow of water into the city sewer mains.

With nowhere else to go, the water will flow back up into your pipes and out your drains.

While you can prevent sewer pipes from backing up by taking the right precautions with your drains and toilets, you may still occasionally need professional sewer cleaning or sewer repairs to fix problems that cause unexpected sewer backup.

When that time comes, we’re available at A1 Sewer & Drain Services for 24/7 emergency service for a backed up sewer pipe.

Whether it’s the middle of the night or a national holiday, we can still arrive for same-day sewer pipe repair service to fix the problem and help you minimize the damage.

Sewer pipes backing up? We’ve got your back at A1 Sewer & Drain Services.

Call us any time for emergency sewer repairs, sewer cleaning, and more, at 201-645-0888.

Sewer Pipes Backing Up: A Leading Cause of Residential Water Damage in NJ

In the US, 40% of homeowners have reported property loss due to accidental water damage.

Most of these cases were caused by plumbing problems, and one of them is sewer pipes backing up.

This causes billions of dollars of property loss each year, making it a serious problem for homeowners.

A backed up sewer pipe can introduce foul wastewater into your home, causing all kinds of damage to nearby furniture, walls, and flooring.

A serious overflow from sewer pipes backing up could leave you with thousands of dollars of damage.

At the first sign of a backup, you should call a local NJ plumber for same-day sewer cleaning or sewer repairs.

NJ Sewer Backups from Clogged Sewer Pipes

Most sewer backups in NJ are caused by clogged sewer pipes.

When your sewer line becomes clogged, multiple drains and toilets can overflow with wastewater, creating a nasty mess that will require professional water removal– and probably destroy some of your things.

All kinds of things can clog your sewer line, including things you might not expect.

To solve the problem, you’ll need professional sewer cleaning with hydro jetting.

Why Sewer Pipes Clog

Sewer pipes get clogged– and often back up– because something inside the pipe is blocking the normal flow of wastewater away from your home and into the city sewer main lines.

Tree roots, grease, sediment, paper products, and many other things can block the sewer line.

This problem often builds up gradually over time, with homeowners only noticing when it gets bad enough that the drains start backing up.

Some of the most common causes of clogged sewer lines in NJ include:

  • Paper towels
  • Feminine products
  • Grease
  • Sludge
  • Diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Tree roots
  • Sand and sediment
  • Scale buildup

If you sewer line has become clogged, you may notice some of the following problems around your house:

  • Drains won’t empty, or empty very slowly
  • Toilets in more than one bathroom aren’t flushing
  • Basement drains are backing up with water
  • There’s water inside your sewer cleanout
  • The toilet bowl water levels are fluctuating
  • Sewage odors near drains

If you’ve noticed any of these issues recently in your home, you should probably call a local NJ plumber for sewer inspection and sewer cleaning service.

Professional Sewer Cleaning in Bergen County NJ

At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we use hydro jetting for sewer cleaning in NJ.

Using water at pressures up to 4000 PSI, we can break apart sludge, grease, paper, and even tree roots inside your sewer line.

Sewer cleaning is almost always necessary when you have sewer pipes backing up, although you may need sewer pipe repairs afterward if the pipe is broken or cracked.

Hydro jetting is a quick, efficient process that can take as little as half an hour to complete, leaving your sewer line completely clear afterward.

To find out more, or to schedule sewer cleaning today, call us any time at A1 Sewer & Drain Services.

Sewer pipes backing up? We’ve got your back at A1 Sewer & Drain Services.

Call us any time for emergency sewer repairs, sewer cleaning, and more, at 201-645-0888.

Sewer Backups from Damaged Sewer Lines

Sewer pipes can also back up as a result of severe pipe damage, including tree root incursion.

Bellied or collapsed sewer pipes can cause sudden backflow into your home, as well as flooding the surrounding soil and potentially damaging your yard.

A severely broken sewer pipe is a serious problem, and you’ll need emergency sewer pipe repairs to fix it and to minimize the damage.

Bellied Sewer Pipes

Bellied sewer pipes can be caused by unstable soil, tree roots, corrosion, and other issues that destabilize a sewer line and cause it to sink downward at a low spot.

Some of the most common causes of a belly in the sewer line include:

  • Shifting soil. If the soil around the sewer line is loose, it can shift around gradually over time. This can cause part of the pipe to sink downward, creating a low point where water pools up and clogs are likely to form.
  • Poor soil compaction. If the soil isn’t as dense as it should be, with too much air between particles, it may fail to hold the sewer pipe in place. Over time, part of the pipe can gradually sink downward.
  • Loose pipe joints. Loose joints between sections of sewer pipe are another leading cause of bellied areas in a sewer line.
  • Faulty installation. Many sewer pipes develop a low point over time because they weren’t initially installed properly. Good professional sewer installation from an experienced NJ plumber can help prevent this problem.

During the sewer installation process, sewer plumbers calculate the right drop per foot to prevent bellied pipes and sewer clogs.

The ideal drop per foot is 1/4″, and it shouldn’t exceed this.

This measurement happens to be perfect for ensuring that solids and liquids flow at the same rate, preventing the solid materials from backing up and blocking water flow.

When part of the pipe sinks downward, water and solids will pool at the low spot when water isn’t actively flowing through the pipe.

This slows water flow and can eventually cause a clog and sewer pipe backups.

Debris also collects in the low point, making the clog worse.

Sewer Pipe Collapse

Sewer pipe collapse can also cause your sewer pipes to back up.

A collapsed sewer main line is a sudden and serious problem, requiring professional sewer pipe repairs.

If your sewer pipe is collapsed, you’ll notice signs similar to those of a routine sewer clog.

However, you may also notice a sunken or waterlogged area on your property near the sewer line, due to water escaping out of the pipe in large quantities.

With collapsed sewer pipes, it’s important to act quickly to prevent further damage.

There are several different things that can lead to a sudden sewer line collapse, including:

  • Pipe corrosion. In metal sewer pipes, corrosion is a common problem. Corrosion occurs over years and years, and isn’t always noticeable until something goes wrong. While some materials, like PVC and PEX, are resistant to corrosive processes, copper and cast iron are prone to this problem. In older pipes, the protective layer wears away, exposing the metal to water directly and causing corrosion that eats through it. Sewer pipe corrosion is often caused primarily by the metabolic actions of certain bacteria that naturally live in wastewater and break down sewage. These bacteria release hydrogen sulfide gas, which is then converted to sulfuric acid. While smaller cracks and holes from corrosion can often be patched up with sewer relining, you’ll probably need sewer pipe replacement if the pipe has completely collapsed.
  • Orangeberg pipe. There is very little remaining Orangeberg pipe in New Jersey, but it could still be present in a few historic properties. During World War II, metal shortages led to the development of Orangeberg pipe as a replacement. Made from compressed tar paper, Orangerberg pipe is a ticking time bomb for sudden sewer pipe collapse. If you’re buying a 1940s home in Bergen County that isn’t in the best condition, or hasn’t had sewer repair or replacement recently, you may want sewer inspection first to ensure that you don’t need sewer replacement for old Orangeberg pipes.
  • Unstable soil and ground movement. If your sewer line is cracked, soil issues or ground settling could cause it to collapse unexpectedly.

If you have a collapsed sewer pipe in NJ, you need to act immediately.  Call a local NJ sewer plumber for emergency sewer repair service.

Sewer pipes backing up? We’ve got your back at A1 Sewer & Drain Services. Call us any time for emergency sewer repairs, sewer cleaning, and more, at 201-645-0888.

Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line

Tree root incursion is one of the most common causes of broken, collapsed, and clogged sewer pipes in New Jersey.

Experts estimate that up to 80% of sewer blockages are caused by tree roots.

Because sewer pipes are concealed beneath the ground, homeowners often don’t realize that tree roots are growing inside until sewer pipes back up or the sewer line collapses.

It generally takes sewer camera inspection from a NJ plumber to verify that tree roots are the problem.

If you’re having sewer problems, tree root growth is a likely cause.

Tree root damage can happen to anyone, even if you don’t have a large tree on your own property.

Old, tall trees in NJ can have surprisingly extensive root systems, sprawling out anywhere from 2-7 times as wide as the height of the tree itself.

This means that a 50-foot tree could have roots extending over 200 feet.

Tree roots grow continuously, with new root shoots seeking out moisture and nutrients. Unfortunately for NJ homeowners, sewer pipes have both of those things.

If there are preexisting cracks or pinhole leaks in the pipe, tree roots can be drawn to the moist water vapor that enters the surrounding area.

As they enter the pipe, they grow very quickly, since it’s really an ideal environment for them.

The root growth will make cracks and holes larger, as well as quickly clogging up the pipe and preventing normal water flow.

Naturally, this is a recipe for sewer pipes backing up.

Tree Root Removal & Sewer Repair

At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we can remove tree roots from your sewer line and repair the damage.

Hydro jetting equipment can usually break apart and remove tree roots, although there are also specialized attachments for very thick roots.

Cracks and holes can be fixed with sewer relining, in which we insert a liner that covers the damage part of the inside of the pipe.

If the pipe is completely collapsed, you may need sewer pipe replacement with pipe bursting, sewer excavation, or other approaches.

Preventing Tree Root Intrusion

There are a few ways that NJ homeowners can prevent tree roots from growing inside of the sewer pipes, including:

  • Sewer-friendly landscaping. Large trees shouldn’t be planted too close to a sewer pipe. Small shrubs and flowering plants have soft roots that are less likely to penetrate a pipe and cause problems.
  • Sewer inspection. Annual sewer cleaning and sewer camera inspection can spot problems early, preventing tree roots from causing sewer pipe collapse and sewer backflow.

Sewer Line Backing Up? Call Us at A1 Sewer & Drain Services

Sewer line backing up? At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we provide professional sewer cleaning, sewer repair, and sewer replacement to fix the problems that cause sewer backflow in the first place.

To find out more, or to get same-day emergency service at any time, call us at 201-645-0888.

Sewer pipes backing up? We’ve got your back at A1 Sewer & Drain Services. Call us any time for emergency sewer repairs, sewer cleaning, and more, at 201-645-0888.

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