Signs your sewer drain is clogged
A clogged or malfunctioning sewer drain is a serious health issue, as well as a revolting prospect. The obvious signs of a problem are bad smells, a bubbling or blocked toilet, and waste-water appearing in sinks, tubs, or showers. Each of these is enough to alert everyone in the house not to use any plumbing fixtures and to call in a licensed professional plumber to see to the problem immediately.
What to look out for in your plumbing system
More subtle indications can go ignored, with disastrous consequences, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for these common signs the sewer is blocked and ask fellow residents to do the same.
Blocked toilet issues
Initial signs are most common in the toilet, seeing as that is the biggest and main drain to the sewer. Changes in the water level, slow drainage after flushing, unpleasant smells coming from any of your drains, gullies not running off as they normally do, and backing up, are not necessary emergencies but could be a signal of things to come.
Also keep an eye on the toilet water level and unusually noisy gurgling of the tub and sink drains when the washing machine is on. It may be a problem with your washing machine drainage and not of blocked sewage lines, but it pays to be cautious.
If the toilet is not emptying properly, run the taps in the sink nearest to the toilet to see if the water level rises or bubbles come up. If this happens it’s a general indication that the blockage is not the toilet, but further down in the pipes.
If the problem is further down the plumbing system, your plumber will locate the site and ascertain the cause.
Root intrusion in drains
A common problem is tree root invasion. Roots are attracted to pipes because of the moisture from condensation, and if a pipe develops the slightest crack they will grow into it and eventually cause a blockage. They can also infiltrate septic tank systems, especially the older concrete versions, so it’s wise to find out where your utilities are laid before landscaping your garden.
Loss of drain pressure
Plumbing systems work because of gravity and pressure. Water naturally takes the easiest route downwards, and with the use of air-traps, vents, and seals, should never have waste-water or gases coming back up into the home. If there is a dramatic loss of pressure, for example, a water main bursts, it is possible for a syphon effect to be created bringing the waste-water up the wrong way.
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For these situations, it’s beneficial to know where your property’s main drain cleanout is. This will typically be a round plastic pipe end cover in your front or back garden. If you can’t locate it, contact the home’s previous owner or the local town planner, it makes your plumber’s job a lot quicker and easier in the event of plumbing problems.
Call the blocked drain professionals for help
For public and private health and safety, Australian Standard’s regulations state that sewage pipe work can only be carried out by a licensed professional plumbing contractor, so taking on any repairs or alterations on waste disposal such as this is illegal as well as particularly unpleasant.
A small plumbing problem rectified at its earliest opportunity may well save a bigger and more costly repair job later on, so be wary of the signs.
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