# Transaction Log Backup Cleaning

backuptransaction-log

If you back up your transaction log every hour through a maintenance plan, why does your log file continue to grow? I would think the system would delete or shrink the log after the backup. Is this something I want to do?

1. Something is preventing the log from getting cleared after the log backup completes. Check the log_reuse_wait_desc column in master.sys.databases to see why it isn't clearing out.