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Signs of Sewer Backup

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A Sewer Backup can Bring Life to a Hault

You need your sewer lines for everything in your house that has to do with water – from doing laundry to showering to cooking and doing the dishes.We take our sewer lines for granted and don’t think about them until there’s a problem.But when you sewer backs up, boy will you notice. Back ups can cause problems as small as slow drains to as major as overflowing toilets. It’s important to know the signs of sewer backup before it gets worse and causes a major mess that needs a major repair.

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Think of the sewer line in your house like a tree with one main line like the trunk of the tree and secondary lines that run off of it. When you have clogs in the secondary lines, the troubles should be limited to that area. When you have a clog in the main line, it can cause problems all over your house. Neither situation should be ignored.

Check out these five sure-fire signs you’ve got a sewer backup that needs attention right away.

#1 More than one drain is clogged

One drain getting clogged happens. Grease, hair, toilet paper – all kinds of stuff can clog drains. Unclogging the drain will take care of it. But when there are multiple drains clogged simultaneously, this can be a sign that there is a problem brewing. It can be an even bigger warning sign of a sewer backup if the clogged drains are ones you don’t routinely use like mudroom sinks, guest bathroom showers or other little used drains.

#2 Water backs up in other drains

When you use your plumbing, if water backs up in other places, this is a major sign of a sewer backup and a plumbing mishap brewing. If you flush the toilet and hear gurgling in your tub or shower, this means that the water is being blocked by a clog and is looking for another way out. You may notice this when you’re using your washing machine and notice water bubbling in the toilets or if you run the sink and your toilet water rises or bubbles.

#3 Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles

When water tries to get past a clog in a drain, air can get trapped and this can cause bubbling. You may notice bubbles when you flush a toilet or when a sink is trying to drain. To check and see if this is a one-off or an actual clog, fill up your sink, tub and shower with a couple of inches of water and watch while it drains to see if there are bubbles. To check your toilet, look for bubbles after you flush. This can alert you to a problem in that specific drain.

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#4 Toilets aren’t flushing like they shoulder

One of the most common signs of a sewer backup is toilet problems. If your toilet doesn’t flush like it should and plunging doesn’t really help, it can be another sign of sewer issues. Bubbling is normal after you plunge a toilet, but if the toilet problems persist after a good plunging, it’s more likely a larger issue than an issue related to just that toilet. Toilet problems can be particularly unpleasant and not something you want to delay getting repaired.

Once you suspect that you have a sewer line backup, you need to address it sooner rather than later. If you don’t get it cleared or repaired, it can cause a backup of raw sewage (i.e. water with poop and other icky stuff in it) that can cause serious damage to your house. A minor sewer backup may be able to be taken care of with a sewer cleaning, but a major problem may need a trenchless sewer repair to make it right.

Contact the sewer repair experts at Budget Sewer today. We will come out, take a look and give you a free estimate plus $25 off an in-depth sewer inspection. We use state-of-the-art video diagnostics to pinpoint the problem so we don’t waste your time or money. Our trenchless sewer repair minimizes disruption to your life and lawn. We’re five star rated on both Yelp and Judy’s Book – call us today at (206) 381-1904 for affordable and fast plumbing services if you’ve got a sewer backup.

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