Like most people, you probably don’t think about your home’s sewer system until there’s a problem. But damage to your sewer system can cause many expensive and inconvenient problems. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the top four causes of sewer damage and what you can do to prevent them. So read on to learn more!

1) Grease and Fat Buildup

Grease and fat buildup is one of the most common causes of sewer damage. When these substances build up in your pipes, they can eventually harden and block the pipe. Backing up sewage can pose a serious health risk to your family. Never pour grease or fat down your drain to prevent this from happening.

2) Tree Roots Growing into the Sewer Line 

Tree roots are another common cause of sewer damage. When tree roots grow into your sewer line, they can block or crack the pipe. As a result, your home can be flooded with sewage. To prevent this, have your trees regularly inspected by a professional arborist.

3) Broken or Cracked pipes 

Broken or cracked pipes are another common cause of sewer damage. When pipes are damaged, they can allow sewage to leak into your home. To prevent this, have your pipes regularly inspected by a professional plumber. If you think you may have a problem with your sewer system, it’s important to call a professional right away. A professional can inspect your system and make any necessary repairs.

4) Improper Disposal of Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials, such as chemicals and cleaners, can damage your sewer line if disposed of improperly. To prevent this from happening, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when disposing of these materials. If you’re concerned about sewer damage, you must call a professional immediately. A professional can inspect your system and make any necessary repairs.

When Is It Time to Call a Professional?

  • All your drains are backing up at once: If the toilet, sink, and shower drain spit water as soon as you flush the toilet, there is a clog in some section of the main pipe somewhere in the house.
  • Using the toilet causes weird things to happen: After flushing your toilet, you might hear bubbles in your toilet water, gurgling sounds, or water flooding your shower after the water overflows into the drain.
  • There is a change in your lawn: If you see indentations in your yard, this could mean that a line is broken or a pipe is sagging. It is also important to consider grass changes. The sewage from your underground pipes is probably fertilizing your lawn if you have soggy patches or extra green, lush patches.
  • It smells: One of the obvious ones is this one. It is probably sewage if the smell of it reminds you of sewage.
  • Your drains are slow: You’re on your way to a larger clog if your drains are slow to drain. It is not recommended to use chemical drain cleaners since they can cause corrosion in your pipes. Call in the professionals or try natural alternatives. It’s worth the effort!


Sewer damage can be a huge hassle and an expensive ordeal. We hope this article has helped you understand the top four causes of sewer damage so that you can take steps to prevent it in your own home. If you have any questions or need help with a plumbing emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Are you in need of sewer repair? Contact J Bond Construction today to see how we can help!

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