Signs a Sewer Backup Is Coming

A sewer line clog might be unseen, but it can cause extensive damage inside a home.

The average homeowner probably knows that sewer lines help transport wastewater from the home to underground sewer mains. But beyond that, they give very little importance to this until they finally have the first clog.

Now, how can you tell whether or not your main sewer line is backed up?

Here are a few major signs to help you identify this problem:

A foul stench coming from the drains.

Check to see if, when running water, it eventually stops draining and starts to pool in the sink. If there is an odor that comes up with it, you likely have a sewer pipe blockage.

Slow draining bathtubs or laundry lines.

Clogs are usually made up of knotted hair, dirt, grease, and/or soap. They can be difficult to remove because hair can wrap around parts of the drain.

Several circumstances can cause your washing machine drain pipe to overflow. The most likely problem is a clogged drainpipe or clogged mainline.

If the use of other fixtures associated with your mainline leads to water backup in places such as toilets or showers.

The most common red flags, sewer main cleaners say, are water backing up out of a drain or the toilet plumbing, or a gurgling sound coming from the drains. Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines.

Tree roots

Tree roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line, especially in an older home. In newer homes, common sources of clogging include feminine hygiene products, paper, even certain types of thicker toilet paper.

Experts say slow flowing drains, and gurgling noises from your toilet bowls are the first signs that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots. If you don't take some action to remove the roots, a complete sewer line block will occur.

Cast Iron Pipes in Sewer Backups

Cast iron pipes are a type of pipes that are have been in use for plumbing since the 17th century. They are made of Iron and due to do oxidation they can slowly chip and fall apart. Some of the most common problems over the years can develop like:

  • Sewer Back-Up Into Home
  • Slow Drains
  • Clogged Drains

What to Do?

If sewer lines get choked off and are not promptly cleared of roots, raw sewage can back up into your bathtubs and sinks, causing significant collateral property damage. Since the main sewer line is the pipeline that carries waste away from all of your household drains to the sewage treatment plant, sewer maintenance and upkeep are especially important. So, lookout for early signs of a sewer backup on a regular basis to avoid future stress and a clogging issue in your house.

Need to Call a Water Cleanup Professional?

At JCN Plumbing, we specialize in Emergency Services. If you are experiencing a clogging problem or your septic tank needs to be cleaned, give us a call and we will schedule your service right away.

Call today - (305) 770-6860