Tree Roots – Tree roots can infiltrate your sewer line through joints or cracks in the pipe.
Cast Iron Pipes – Homes built before the 70s are usually made with cast iron pipes. Although cast iron is a strong material, it still rusts and corrodes over time.
Terracotta Pipes – Terracotta pipes are made out of clay-based ceramic. Contractors used terracotta pipes because the material was widely available. However, builders failed to realize that the clay is very susceptible to roots and leaks.
Soil Failure – If your soil shifts, it can induce pressure on your sewer line, causing the pipe to crack, leak, and collapse. Soil can shift due to rain, flooding, drought, freezing temperatures, and more.
Grease – Do not pour cooking oil, fats, or grease down your drains. The liquid fat hardens when it dries, sticking to your pipes.
Drain Cleaner – Most drain cleaner products contain sulfuric acid, which can ruin metal when exposed to pipes like cast iron.
Flushable Wipes – Do not flush “flushable” wipes down your toilet. Flushable only means that your toilet can flush the wipes. Toilet paper is made to disintegrate inside your sewer line, while baby wipes will remain intact, creating a clog.
You should only flush toilet paper and human waste down your toilet. But, you already have the problem, so let’s find you the right solution.
4 Ways To Stop A Toilet Backing Up Into Your Shower
Below are the best options for fixing tough clogs, from simple at-home remedies to advanced solutions that require a plumber.
1. At-home Remedies
These at-home remedies can be used on other clogged drains besides your shower.
Dish Soap & Hot Water – Take two liters (8 cups) of water and boil it in a pot. Mix a few tablespoons of dish soap into the water. Lastly, slowly pour the mixture down the sink or drain. This may take a few tries to work.
Note: Hot water works best on clogs caused by grease, fats, oil, and organic matter. It doesn’t do so well on clogs caused by hair or other substances. Avoid using this method if you have PVC pipes or porcelain sink bowls.