March 24, 2015

Plumbing Pointers: 3 Signs You Have A Sewer Drain Clog

Sewer drain clogs are a hassle for any homeowner. When the water is clogged in your sewer pipes, you run the risk of having it flow back into your home’s pipes and plumbing fixtures. This is caused by anything from tree roots to toys flushed down the toilet
If you think you have a sewer drain clog, it’s important to contact a drain cleaning service fast. Check out these indicators of a clogged sewer drain.

More Than One Fixture Is Backed Up

Are your shower and toilet both draining more slowly than usual? Cleaning one drain is an easy project, but if you notice simultaneous issues with other drains, you might have a bigger problem.
A toilet clog is usually the first sign that you need a sewer cleaning, since it has the biggest drain line and the most direct path to the sewer. You’ll also notice draining issues in showers and tubs before sinks. Because sinks sit higher, they are the last fixtures to get backed up.

Your Fixtures Are Acting Funny

Flush the toilet and see if water flows into the bottom of your tub. If it does, this means that the water you’re flushing has nowhere to go because the pipes are full.
Often, water and air are both trapped in the pipes to the sewer drain, so another sign of a sewer drain clog is air bubbles in the toilet. If you run water in the bathroom sink and air bubbles emerge in the toilet, your sewer drain probably has a blockage.
Another sign to look for is a backed-up or overflowing toilet after the washing machine has been used.

Your Ears Are Sensing Something

Sometimes your home tells you when there’s a sewer pipe problem – but you have to listen. In addition to seeing excess water in fixtures, you’re apt to hear gurgling noises coming from your toilet. You may even hear a sound similar to a coffee pot percolating. It’s telling you there’s a problem.
After diagnosing the problem, the easiest way to solve it is by contacting a professional for a drain cleaning service.
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