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No one wants to walk down to their basement and discover a sewage backup. Not only are they disgusting, but a sewage backup is a biohazard that needs to be addressed by a professional plumber as soon as possible. Chances are what is visible to you is not the entire story. Before a sewage blockage becomes visible to you it has likely already caused problems and damage along your sewage line. Therefore, you should call an Irving, TX plumber sooner than later to get to the root of the problem.
Therefore, you need to know what you are looking for if you suspect that you have a sewage backup. While a pile of overflowing wastes at the floor drain is a big give away, there are other signs that can tip you off before you get to this point. By calling a professional before you have a massive mess on your hands, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and protect your plumbing system. The following are a few of the most common signs.
Suspicious Odors Coming From Your Drains
Your plumbing system is supposed to transport all wastewater out of your home. Ideally, everything including the smells associated with drainage should be traveling away from your home. Therefore, if you start to smell sewage wafting up from your drains this is a clear sign that things are not being moved out the way they should. Usually, the smell is the first thing that starts coming back up the line, next will be actually sewage. Thus, you want to call a plumber before it gets to that point. Occasionally smelling something is not a big deal, but if the smell becomes constant it’s time to call an Irving, TX plumber.
Bubbling Toilets or Drains
Bubbles are a clear sign that something is amiss with your sewage system. Air bubbles mean that water is not flowing smoothly through your drains and pipes. Usually, they occur when air is trapped somewhere along the line, which can happen when you have a partial clog. In addition, wastewater will bubble up when it can’t properly get down the drain, which is why bubbling drains are a red flag that should be investigated by a plumber. The quicker you clear the clog the less chance you will have of a large backup.
Multiple Clogs in Separate Drains
If you notice the bubbling or actually have to deal with clogs in several drains in the home at one time this is a clear sign that your sewage system is not working the way it should. If several drains are slow to drain or simply not working at all then there is probably an issue somewhere along your sewage line. The best thing you can do is call a plumber because they can come out and inspect the line to find the larger problem. At this point, they can troubleshoot it and remove it correctly for you. Usually, you will notice this occurs on the lower level of your home first, and then the upper level drains will be affected.
Water Is Taking Awhile to Drain
Similarly, if you notice that water is taking longer to drain than normal in multiple drains around your home it is likely you have a problem with your sewage lines. If the problem is isolated to one sink then the issue may be small, but if the problem is affecting multiple drains in your home then you know you have a much larger issue. Much like multiple clogs in drains, you will probably see the lower level drains start to slow first and then may notice the upper level drains if you do not call out a plumber to address the issue. Eventually, they will simply stop draining or an overflow will occur in your basement.
Weird Cross-Platform Issues
Sometimes a red flag isn’t clear cut, but it is there if you know what you are looking for. When you start having problems with multiple drains or plumbing fixtures that seem unrelated this can be a sign that something is wrong with your sewage line. For instance, if you notice that when you flush the toilet while someone is in the shower that water starts to back up out of the floor drain. While it may seem like an odd occurrence, it is probably because the combined water pressure is too much for your sewage system to deal with. Instead of chalking it up to weird things that an old house does, it may be wise to have a plumber come out and look at your sewage lines.
Sewage Smell In Your Yard
Your sewage system is buried under your yard and should dump into the larger sewage tunnels underground. You should not smell anything. If you start to notice that your yard has a sewage smell to it this is a sign that your sewage line may be damaged or broken. If the line is broken then water will eventually start to seep out of the pipes and saturate your soil. On a hot day, the sun will bring the sewage water upwards which is why you will start to smell it. Tree roots and large clogs can cause a pipe to burst, but because it is buried underground you may not be aware until the smell popes up.
If you notice any of these signs then you need to immediately call a plumber to come to help you pinpoint the problem. Remember, acting quickly can help prevent a major sewage emergency and save you a lot of money. If you have any reason to believe your sewage system is backing up, give bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas a call today. We have the sophisticated tools required to inspect your lines and promptly get to the bottom of the matter.