Why Sewer Lines Keep Backing Up

It only takes one sewer line backup to cause Tampa homeowners major problems and big time headaches. But, when sewer lines keep backing up, these problems and headaches can snowball into a full-blown plumbing crisis!

If you’re frequently dealing with sewer line backups, here’s a look at what may be going wrong—and what you can do to fix it and stop the backups for good.


  1. Clogs, clogs, clogs: Recurring clogs can be one reason that sewer lines keep backing up. You’ll experience persistent clogs if things like oil, grease, hair, “flushable” wipes, or other items keep entering your drains and sewer line. The good news is that this is one of the easiest problems to fix. Simply take extra precaution to avoid letting these items go down your drains and toilet. You can also install drain catches throughout your home to help catch items before they go down a drain.
  2. Sewer line damage: After clearing clogs and being careful to avoid future clogs, you can continue having sewer line backups if your sewer line is cracked, has holes in it, or is otherwise damaged. That’s because a cracked sewer line can let dirt and rocks in, creating a new blockage and forcing your wastewater to back up into your home (because it has nowhere else to go).
  3. Tree roots: Another way your sewer line can become blocked and back up is with tree root infiltration. If tree roots are growing near your sewer line, they can damage the line, causing misalignments where buildup of solid matter can lead to blockages. When that happens and the line leaks, the roots can get nutrients from the leakage and start growing toward it—they may even grow into cracks, making them worse and creating new, bigger blockages. As the roots grow, they can eventually prevent any wastewater from passing through. Plus, if the roots aren’t properly removed, they can grow back, causing the same problem and recurring sewer backups.
  4. A broken, sagging, or collapsed sewer line: Sewer lines can break for all sorts of reasons, from pipe aging and corrosion to shifting soil, heavy above-ground construction, and more. No matter how a sewer line breaks, you’re sure to experience backups in your home until your sewer line is fixed.


The only way to stop recurring sewer backups is to identify the exact problem with the line. And the best way to do that is with a professional video pipe inspection, check hotelmalioboro. This gives a plumber the opportunity to see:

  • What’s going on inside your sewer line
  • The condition of the line, including vulnerable areas, corrosion, and damage
  • Exactly where in the line the problem lies

Cass Plumbing of Tampa Bay is fully equipped with the latest technology in video pipe inspection for your sewer line. With our equipment, we can determine precisely what is wrong with your sewer line.

With that essential information, the best-fit solution can be determined. Often, traditional sewer line repair or replacement is necessary. If your sewer lines are bellied, sagging, or collapsed, traditional sewer line repair or replacement methods are required.

The best way to find out what’s causing your recurring sewer line backups and put a stop to them is to contact Cass Plumbing.


Cass Plumbing can diagnose and repair any sewer line problem. With more than 20 years of experience and state-of-the-art sewer line repair equipment, our expert plumbers are the team you can trust when it’s time to put a stop to sewer backups and other sewer line repair problems. Call us today at 813-265-9200.