Clogged Sewer Drains 101

Clogged sewer drains can lead to major problems in any household. Clogged sewer drains not only cause water to back up in the shower and prevent toilets from flushing properly, but they can also result in raw sewage showing up. This can pose serious health and safety hazards.

It is therefore essential to take action immediately at the first sign of a clogged sewer drain. Waiting for things to get worse often end up in more intrusive, more expensive repairs. At the first sign of a clogged sewer drain, call on the expertise of an appliance repair professional like those at Go Assist. Plumbing professionals like these can diagnose the problem and unclog pipes fast.

What Causes Clogged Sewer Drains?

The most common reason for clogged sewer drains is the interference of tree roots; this is particular common in older houses. Tree roots can creep in through the tiny cracks of a pipe, as they are attracted to the warmth and moisture that tend to accumulate there. Once they have grown enough to cause blockage, toilet paper and other debris can snag on the roots, preventing water from flowing smoothly down the sewer line. In rare cases, flushing products that are not meant to go down the toilet such as paper towels and tampons, and sanitary pads can cause sewer drains to clog more easily.

Is My Sewer Drain Clogged?

If any of the below sound familiar, there is a good chance that you have a clogged sewer drain:

  • Several plumbing fixtures are all slow to drain (i.e., toilet, shower, bathtub and/or kitchen sink).
  • Water backs up in the shower or tub when the toilet is flushed. As water is unable to go down when the sewer drain is clogged, it tends to flow back up through the lowest available point, which is usually in the shower.
  • The toilet bubbles when you turn on the water in the bathroom sink. This is caused by air trapped in the pipes.
  • You have tried numerous methods of clearing your drains, such as using drain clearing solutions like Drano and others, but the problem still persists.

On the other hand, if your toilet is flushing properly but other fixtures like the kitchen sink are slow to drain, it could be another problem altogether. In this case, do not be too quick to jump to the conclusion that it is an issue of a clogged sewer drain. Toilets have the most direct link to the sewer drain, so problems usually manifest themselves in toilets first. In this case, it is more likely that another problem is the cause, such as an issue with an individual pipe or plumbing system.

Call Go Assist for Clogged Sewer Drain Problems

Are one or more fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom clogged or not working properly? Do you suspect that your sewer drain is clogged, but are unsure if something else is going on? If you don’t now how to fix the problem or want professional plumbing expertise, feel free to call the experts at Go Assist. Our professional plumbing team offers reliable and low-cost repairs for plumbing fixtures. We have the tools, knowledge, and expertise to ensure that your sinks, showers, tubs and toilets will be up and running in the fastest possible turnaround time. For assistance or additional questions, feel free to contact us today!


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