sewer drain clogA sewer drain clog is one of the worst plumbing problems that can happen. When you have a sewer drain clog you should consider it a plumbing emergency.  It is inevitable that the waste water that cannot escape will come back into your home’s plumbing or possibly overflowing from there. That is a mess and a smell you definitely don’t want.  If you suspect that you have a sewer drain clog – Do not use any of the plumbing in your home until a plumber has removed the clog and performed any necessary plumbing repairs. It is important to get a sewer drain clog cleared immediately.  If you are unsure if you have a sewer drain clog there are several ways to determine if you do.

Signs that your sewer drain may be clogged.

Clogs in Multiple Plumbing Fixtures – One of the easiest identifiers of a sewer drain clog is if more than one plumbing fixture is backed up. Pay attention to toilets especially however tubs and showers could also show signs of a main line blockage. If multiple toilets are backed up it is a good indication that your main sewer line is clogged. If you notice abnormally slow drainage in your bathtub or showers this could also be due to a sewer drain clog especially if it coincides with a clogged toilet.

Unusual Occurrences When Using Plumbing Fixtures

  • Water Backing Up in Toilet – If when you flush the toilet  water begins backing up or if water starts to come up into the tub or shower you probably have a sewer drain clog. Since the water cannot escape via the main line it comes up through the most direct (toilet) and lowest points (tubs and showers).
  • Trapped air in plumbing – To check to see if air is trapped in your plumbing pipes turn on the sink faucet closest to your toilet for approximately a minute. If you notice the toilet bubbling or the water level in the toilet starts to rise that would indicate a sewer line clog and not just a clogged toilet.
  • Washing Machine  causes toilet to overflow – If when your washing machine drains the water in the toilet overflows or rises it could mean your sewer line is clogged. However, If your toilets are operating normally it could be a problem with the washing machine or shower. In this case just call your friendly neighborhood plumbers at KT Plumbing and we will fix it either way.

Main Line Clean Out – If you have a main line clean out you can check it to by removing the cap. Look in the clean out for any waste or water that may be backing up. If you do have water or waste in the clean out you have a clog in your sewer drain. Clearing a sewer drain clog should only be done by a licensed professional plumber. If you suspect that you have a sewer line clog call us at 864-663-6105. It is important to get the drain cleared as soon as possible to avoid further issues with your plumbing. 

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