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How To Find Out If You Have A Clogged Sewer

 

Chances are that you take your plumbing system for granted – even if you are not aware of the fact that you are doing it. Here are just a few of the common symptoms and causes of a clogged sewer. This should allow you to have a better understanding of what is happening underneath your home.

The Most Common Symptoms

There are a number of different symptoms to having a clogged sewer. These are just a handful of the different factors that you should be aware of:

  • Strange Reactions When Using Fixtures – If you believe that you have a sewer drain clog, look for unusual or unexpected reactions when using plumbing fixtures. You might have a clogged shower if flushing the toilet causes backup in your shower or tub for example. Perhaps you hear the toilet start to bubble whenever you run your toilet water, which is another indicator.
  • Multiple Clogged Fixture – If more than one single plumbing fitting is backing up at the same time, it is one of the more common signs of a sewer drain clog. The usual culprits are toilets, showers, and tubs. 

The Common Causes Of A Clogged Sewer

There are many different reasons that you might have a problem with a clogged sewer. These are just a selection of the most common reasons:

  • Debris – Debris such as objects, paper products, or toilet paper can cause a serious clog in your toilet. Toilet paper can catch onto obstructions. Over time, this debris can result in a major clog.
  • Grease, Fats And Oil – It is never a good idea to pour grease, fats and oil down the drain, you should always pour it into a coffee can and throw it away after it solidifies. Some people assume that hot water is going to help the grease move down the drain rather quickly. This is not the case, because it will stick to your pipes once the grease cools off.
  • Tree And Shrub Roots – Some of the older sewer lines were made out of porous materials such as clay. As trees and shrub roots continue to grow, they seek out water sources. They can grow into the pipe as they latch onto a sewer pipe. They can continue to grow into the pipe, eventually clogging the channel to the point where no water is going to flow.
  • Broken Pipes – The sewage is unable to drain properly if the sewer pipes are broken or ruptured. Other common causes include the type of materials used in construction, increased traffic on the ground above, and ground movement.

If you believe that you may have a problem with a clogged sewer, call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing to come take care of the problem. That way, you can be sure that you have quality service at a fair price for your plumbing issues.

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777 for a free upfront estimate!

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