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3 Signs Your Sewer Lines Are Blocked

Obviously, there is never a good time to discover the sewer lines to your home or business are backed up. If this happens, you need to call an experienced plumbing professional like Best Plumbing and Drainage Contractors in London, Ontario. You can find a variety of DIY options on the internet, but this is one messy situation where you’ll want to get it done right the first time.

Is Your Sewer Line Blocked?

How do you tell if your sewer lines are blocked? First off, is this problem more widespread than one toilet or drain? If your neighbours are also struggling with this issue, it’s a problem with the sewer lines at the street and it’s something your municipality will address. If it’s limited to one fixture or just your individual property, then you’ll have to deal with the problem.

Is water backing up through the drains?

Whether the water won’t drain from the sink or dishwasher or water is coming up through the basement, this is signal that the drainage or sewer lines are blocked.

Is there a gurgling sound coming from your drains?

You know how your sink or tub normally sounds when it’s draining. If there are strange gurgling noises, this may indicate a sewer line blockage.

Is water draining slowly from fixtures?

You may not notice a drain that is partially blocked and drains slowly over time, but a full and sudden sewer line blockage will be readily evident.
And one obvious sign is the smell. Blocked sewer lines will often leave a bad smell in your basement.

What To Do If Your Sewer Line Is Blocked

It is important to get professional help in these situations as there are more effective and high-tech, non-invasive ways available to clear blockages. A sewer line blockage does not necessarily mean having to break up concrete or dig up your yard.

Avoid flushing the toilet or running the dishwasher or washing machine – anything that will dump a large quantity of water into the sewer lines will only cause more problems. Adding more water to a blockage is lie adding more fuel to a fire.

Turn off the water. Every toilet and sink has a shut-off valve and there is one to shut off the water to the entire house. Take appropriate action quickly as this will prevent the problem from getting worse.

Common Ways Sewer Lines Get Blocked

Over time, silt, dirt and debris can build up in the pipes and they need to be cleaned out. This problem can often create a slow loss of drainage as opposed to a sudden blockage. Tree roots can often damage and clog pipes. If possible, plant new trees away from sewer lines but that advice isn’t particularly helpful in hindsight for older trees and properties. There are ways to clear the roots without damaging or digging up the pipes, but the tree may not fare as well. Again, this type of job is best left to an experienced professional.

Just as dirt and debris can block a sewer line, so can cooking oil and grease when poured down sinks. If enough grease is put into the sewer lines in a short period of time, it can cause a sudden blockage. This may also be a problem that may take months or years to create a blockage.

Flushing non-biodegradable items down the toilet is very common. This could include, but is not limited to: some baby wipes, diapers, cat litter, or certain feminine hygiene products. These products can cause sudden blockages and can be difficult to clear.

Contact BEST Plumbing and Drainage whenever you suspect a sewer line or drainage problem. We service London and surrounding areas and are your trusted drainage and plumbing specialists.

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