Posted on: June 12, 2014
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Drain & Sewer, Plumbing
Any drain clog is a very serious problem, a real plumbing emergency. If there is a problem with your drain line, you’ll want to get it repaired immediately. Since the water has no place to go it will all come back up into the house in one-way or another. A sewer line clog could create a huge mess, like the backup of raw sewage, which could then come out of your interior drains. It may also lead to costly damage to your home.
Various problems can cause clogged/backed up drains and sewer lines – like grease, tree roots, toys, and even too much toilet paper. Tree roots are the primary cause of sewer line clogs, especially in older homes. Older pipes that run near trees in the yard can be broken or damaged by the tree roots. The roots grow into the pipes to get water and clog the drain line.
If you suspect that you have a sewer drain clog it is important have a professional plumber evaluate your drain and clear it right away. Your drainage system in your house has one main line that runs out of the house. Branching out from the main line are smaller lines that end at each sink, toilet, appliances, etc. If the clog is in the main line, any water running in the house will back up into the drain lines. If it’s a smaller branch, the problem will be isolated to one area. If it’s just a bathroom drain line for example, the water will not go down in the sink or it will come back up into the bathtub, but you may be able flush the toilet and it works just fine.
A very obvious sign of a sewer drain clog is when more than one plumbing fixture backs up at the same time. This particularly affects the toilets. If you suspect that you have a sewer drain clog, check all the other fixtures, including your appliances. Toilets have the most direct path to the sewer and the biggest drain line in the house. It is rare to have a main line sewer stoppage and the toilets are working correctly. Other drains typically affected by a main line stoppage are those in the tub and shower. This is due to the fact that they sit lower down than the sink drains.
Another thing to look for when you suspect a sewer drain clog are any unusual reactions when using the plumbing fixtures. If flushing the toilet results in water backing up or coming up into the tub or shower this is usually a clear sign of a sewer drain clog. Another strange reaction to look for is trapped air in the plumbing system. Running water in the sink closest to the toilet for a minute may make the toilet bubble or the water level in the toilet rise, If the water draining out of the washing machine causes the toilet to overflow or backs up into the tub or shower could indicate a sewer main clog.
Once you have a sewer main line clog or a clog in the smaller pipes, you should consult your certified plumber, which specialize in clogged drain cleaning, sewer cleaning, repairs and rooter services. Pouring drain cleaner into the pipes may not solve the problem and damage your pipes.
As part of your drain cleaning service, your professional plumber, Abacus, will:
If you need drain cleaning, sewer repair, or have a backed up sewer line or clogged drain, then this is the service you want. If for any reason the drain cannot be cleared for any reason (including your drain is not clean-out accessible), your 123 any drain plumbing technician will be able to provide an evaluation of the problem with an estimate for repair.
For more information about drain cleaning and plumbing repair, call your certified professional plumbers or visit our website. They may have service plans, like The Abacus Club, that can help save you money on service calls and provide plumbing tune-ups. Ask about discounts or rebates. Your certified technician may also have additional suggestions and may have additional specials on equipment or other services.