There aren’t many things more frustrating than a water or sewer line back up. It can be as simple as too much material in the line such as grease, waste, paper or other foreign objects that is causing a back up or it can be caused by environmental issues such as freezing ground or shifting soil that may alter or even crack the entire line. Also, depending on how old the line is, natural breaks or wear may be evident that will cause the line to function improperly.
Root infiltration is also another common issue that affects sewer or water lines. This is caused when tree roots enter the line through a joint and begin to grow within the line causing a large mass of hair-like roots intercepting the flow of the line.
Debris will begin to build up around the roots and eventually become too much for the pipe to handle and will crack.