A sewer drain clog can cause serious problems in your home. When a sewer drain clog occurs, it blocks off the pipe, leaving the water and waste with nowhere to go. As a result, the water and waste can back up into your home. If you have a sewer drain clog, you should immediately stop using all of your plumbing and wait for repairs to be completed. Do not flush the toilet, use the washing machine, or use any water until the clog has been removed.
Ideally, you can catch a sewer drain clog before it gets out of control. Here are some signs and symptoms that can indicate a sewer drain clog.
Multiple Clogged Fixtures
One common sign of a sewer drain clog is multiple clogged fixtures. If you have two or more fixtures that get clogged at the same time, it can be an indication that you have a clog and need sewer drain cleaning. Most commonly, homeowners will notice that more than one toilet gets clogged at the same time. Toilets are usually the first place where you will notice signs of a clogged sewer drain, because toilets have the most direct path to the sewer system and they have the largest drain. When there is a clog in the sewer drain, it is rare for the toilets to be functioning properly.
The bathtub and shower are also frequently affected by a clogged sewer drain since these drains are lower than other drains, like sinks.
If you think that your sewer drain might be clogged, check your toilets, bathtub, and shower to make sure that they are working properly.
Unusual Reactions From Plumbing Fixtures
Another indication that you might have a clogged sewer drain is an unusual reaction from your plumbing fixtures. There are several odd reactions that can happen when you have a sewer drain clog, including the following.
- 1. When you flush the toilet, water backs up into the tub or shower. This happens because the water being flushed down the toilet has nowhere to go. The water then comes back up at the lowest point, which is usually the tub or shower drain. This reaction is nearly always an indication of a sewer drain clog.
- 2. You run the washing machine, and the toilet overflows. If the washing machine is draining water and suddenly the toilet overflows or water backs up into the tub or shower, you might have a sewer drain clog.
- 3. You turn on the bathroom sink to wash your hands after using the toilet, and the water in the toilet starts to bubble up. When this happens, it is an indication that there is air trapped in the plumbing system, which often means that you need sewer drain cleaning.
Check the Main Line Clean Out
Some plumbing systems have a main line clean out point where you can check for problems. Remove the cap, and look for any water or waste backing up. If water is coming up and out of the clean out point or if there is standing water in the drain, then you have a sewer drain clog.
If you see any of these signs, you should call a plumber as soon as possible to repair it. Contact Scott English Plumbing. We offer sewer drain cleaning services, including video detection to find the source of the problem. We are on call around the clock, so we can respond to plumbing emergencies like sewer drain clogs quickly, before the problem escalates. You can count on Scott English Plumbing to handle your plumbing emergency.