A sewer drain clog is a very serious problem that can be considered a plumbing emergency. Since the water has no place to go it will all come back up into the household plumbing in one way or another. When you have a sewer drain clog you should not use any of the plumbing in the home until the stoppage is cleared.
Signs of a Clogged Sewer:
Multiple Fixtures Are Clogged
A very obvious sign of a sewer drain clog is when more than one plumbing fixture backs up at the same time. Toilets, tubs, and showers are the usual culprits.
Strange Reactions When Using Fixtures
The next thing to look for when you suspect a sewer drain clog is any unexpected or unusual reactions when using plumbing fixtures. If, for example, flushing the toilet causes water to back up from your tub or shower, bingo…clogged sewer! Another strange reaction is when your toilet water starts to bubble. Should that happen, run water in the sink closest to the toilet for a minute or so; if the water bubbles or rises, then it wasn’t a fluke…it probably indicates a clogged sewer.
Four Common Causes of a Clogged Sewer:
If the sewer pipes are broken or ruptured, the sewage won’t be able to properly drain through the system and will cause backups. Common causes include a sewer pipe rupture, including ground movement, increased traffic on the ground above, and type of materials used in construction.
Tree & Shrub Roots
Older sewer lines were sometimes constructed out of clay or other porous materials. In addition, the connections between the pipe sections weren’t as tight as today’s PVC pipes. As tree and shrub roots grow, they search out sources of water. If they latch onto a sewer pipe, they will grow into the pipe in order to reach the water inside.
Debris, such as toilet paper, paper products or objects accidentally flushed down the toilet, can also cause the toilet to clog up. Toilet paper, in particular, can catch onto tree roots or other obstructions poking through the side of the sewer pipe. Over time, more toilet paper can begin to gather at the same spot, resulting in a major clog.
Grease, fats and oil
A huge culprit in clogging lines. It is never a good idea to pour grease, oil or other fats down a drain. Always pour hot grease into a coffee can. Once it solidifies, you can throw it away. People mistakenly think that running hot water when the pour the grease down a drain helps wash it away. This is not the case, once grease cools off it hardens and sticks to your pipes.
If you’re having trouble with your home or commercial sewage system, don’t go it alone. Dealing with waste and the complex maze of pipes and flows is a job best left for the pros. Black’s Plumbing in Portage, Indiana, offers such a team of plumbing professionals. Our courteous plumbing professionals are equipped to get your sewer lines and drains cleaned and cleared out, no matter how debris-ridden or clogged that they happen to be. Our sewage experts are equipped to handle everything from simple home blockages to complex industrial sewage failures. So if you’re looking for reliable sewer service, we’re the team to trust.
We offer comprehensive services that are designed to keep your plumbing clean and functioning smoothly. Our technicians provide a wide range of professional drain services and are fully equipped to diagnose and handle jobs of any size or degree of difficulty. Our sewer services include video camera inspections, free sewer line replacement estimates, sewer line replacement discounts, and competitive financing options. At Black’s Plumbing, our goal is to provide you with thorough, reliable sewer services. When you hire us, we’ll work to ensure minimal disruption to your schedule and your property.
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