Clogged Drains And Sewer Lines Repairs

Causes of Clogged Drains And How To Fix Them

Clogged sewer lines aren’t just irritating, they can be dangerous. Over the years we’ve seen sewage spillage from clogged drains cause major damage to homes, apartments, and businesses. Overflow from sewer clogs can ruin flooring, carpeting and even seep into the sub structure. When a major incident like this occurs, you could be facing an expensive remodeling project.

Often, trees are the cause of the clogged lines and they must be managed. There are times when the tree must be completely removed. In other situations, cutting tree roots is a necessary procedure. Your lawn and other landscaping may be contaminated with raw sewage due to a clogged sewer pipe that has burst.

If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot unclog your drain with liquid drain cleaner, you know there is a serious issue. Give us a call at 360-773-8039 and we’ll unclog your sewer drain for you. There may be more than just a George Brazil Plumbing and Electrical Blog points to three signs that there is a clogged sewer line. It’s always a good idea to take care of situations like these as soon as you notice anything unusual.

3 Warning Signs You’ve Got a Clogged Sewer Line

“How can I tell if I have a sewer line clog or just a regular clog?” That’s the question we’ll answer in this blog.

This is an important question because a sewer line clog can cause raw sewage to back up the drains and into your home, causing costly water damage.

Let’s avoid that shall we?

Look for these 3 warning signs that your sewer line is clogged.

1) Multiple drains are backed up

Check these plumbing fixtures:

  • Toilets
  • Bathtubs
  • Showers

Are all of their drains making a gurgling sound as they back up with water?

Chances are, you have a main sewer line clog.

2) Water backs up in odd places when using plumbing fixtures

Do these 3 things:

Flush your toilet. Does water start gurgling up your tub or shower drain? That means water is trying to leave, but is blocked by a sewer line clog. So it goes back up into the lowest point, which is usually a shower drain.

Use your washing machine. Does your shower drain or toilet start to overflow with water? Again, that means water is trying to leave, but a clog is blocking it and forces it to go elsewhere.

Run your bathroom sink. Does your toilet water rise or bubble up? Most likely, you have a sewer line clog.

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Finding water backed up in places where you don’t expect it is a major sign that there is a clogged drain somewhere. Dark water in your bathtub or shower stall is a definite sign of a clogged sewer line.

Here’s a video from Nophier Plumbing of Brooklyn, New York. This is very messy, but it demonstrates the need for equipment, time, patience and quite frankly a professional plumber to do the job right.

Yes, it did take this professional only five minutes to unclog the bathtub in this video. However, clogged drains can require several hours of labor if the problem is severe. There are frequent situations where the clog is due to a broken sewer pipe, so be aware that a simple clog may be more serious.

Len The Plumber lists five main reasons for clogged plumbing pipes.

Major Causes of Clogged Plumbing Pipes

Almost every homeowner has run into the unfortunate situation of having a clogged drain or a slow-running sink or bathtub. While a single clog can be a pain, it’s typically easy to fix. However, what happens if all the drains in your home begin backing up at once? It could be a sewer drain clog.

If you’re wondering how sewer drain clogs happen, we’ve outlined the top five reasons for these issues below:

Tree roots. As a tree begins to grow in your yard, so does its roots. Additionally, during periods of little to no rain, tree roots begin to grow while seeking for water. Eventually those roots can make their way into your pipes causing it to clog. As the roots expand over time, it can also cause the line to break.

The toilets in your home. Treating your toilet like a trashcan will cause sewer drain issues. Our expert technicians always advise customers to only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Items such as feminine products and “flushable” wipes aren’t actually flushable and can cause major damage! For a full list of what you can and cannot flush down your toilet, click here.

Your garbage disposal. Throwing everything from grease to last night’s dinner remnants down your garbage disposal can make your drains clog quickly.

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Tree roots are often mentioned as a major cause of clogged and broken sewer lines and we see quite a bit of this here in the Pacific NW. Tree roots can extend over a long distance and since they are underground, you just don’t know where they are unless they push up from the ground, or they cause clogged pipes. Once a sewer pipe is broken due to tree roots, it may require total replacement or a major repair.

Need more information? Are you experiencing occasional clogged pipes but don’t know what to do about it? Contact us at 360-773-8039 so we can examine your plumbing and let you know how we can make repairs.

Resources: Residential Sewer Plumbing

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