It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare and one of the worst bathroom plumbing repairs to have to make. Toilet water somehow finds its way into the shower. We hope you never have to experience this but it’s a scenario that’s all too real for many. So, how in the world can toilet water end up in the shower? The main culprit: A sewer line clog. Art is here to give you tips on how to avoid a messy situation.
A Sewer Line Clog
Your toilet works by transporting water and waste from your home to the sewer main underground. Unfortunately, a clog in the sewer line prevents raw sewage from exiting the home and the sewage backs up into other drains.
What Causes A Sewer Line Clog?
Anything that interferes with the flow of water through a pipe can cause a sewer line clog.
Typical causes are tree roots that grow into a home’s sewage system. Sewage pipes are attractive places for roots because they provide ample moisture, warmth, and nutrients for growth. Toilet paper and other common debris worsen the situation by snagging on the roots, further blocking water from passing through.
It’s already known that flushing even the smallest foreign objects can lead to a clogged drain. In most cases, this is not nearly as big of a problem as tree roots. Pipes are typically six inches in diameter, so it takes quite a bit to clog them. Clogs from loose material and small objects are usually the result of long-term accumulation or flushing too much waste at once.
Signs That Your Sewer Line Is Clogged
Before a mess is made, there are some early warning signs of a clogged drain. Addressing the problem ahead of time, can save you money and help you avoid the headache of cleaning sewage from your shower.
Drains Are Running Slowly
Despite your best attempts to clear your drains, they still run slow; you may have a clog in your sewer line. Calling a technician to fix the clog is the safest and best solution.
Running Water In Your Bathroom Sink Makes The Toilet Bubble
The bubbling is caused by trapped air in the plumbing system. The best way to test if this happens is to turn on the water in the sink closest to the toilet for one minute. If the toilet water bubbles or rises you may have a clogged line.
Multiple Fixtures Are Clogged At The Same Time
This should be your biggest red flag. If multiple fixtures throughout your home are clogged, something should be done immediately.
Toilets have the largest drain line and a direct route to the sewer. If any clog occurs, you’re most likely to start having issues with your toilet first. However, if your tub, kitchen sink, and toilets are backed up at the same time, there is probably a clog in your sewer line.
On the flip side, having a clog in other fixtures besides your toilet may signify that there isn’t a clogged sewer line. No matter what the problem is, we’ll fix the issue for you.
The Toilet Overflows With Water When Your Washing Machine Drains
This is probably something you’d never expect to happen. If the toilet overflows or the tub gets backed up with water when your washing machine drains, you may have a blocked sewer line. Pay close attention to your fixtures, running one appliance can impact the operability of another if there is an issue with your lines.
Calling A Technician Is The Best Fix
It is best to call a technician to repair a clogged sewer line. Technicians at Art will use the latest methods to thoroughly inspect your lines for any clogs. If needed, a camera inspection can provide more than enough information needed to repair a clogged drain. Contact Art to schedule a consultation today!