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Although the last week was rough with rain, flooding and wind from Tropical Storm Eta, it ended nicely with today’s reopening of the Saturday Morning Market.
Well, it made the week end on a higher note, but a morning out at the market did not take away all your cares. You spent part of the morning worried about the gurgling noises coming out of your plumbing. And, if that wasn’t enough, when you run the washer, the water backs up in the tub.
No, your house doesn’t have a leftover ghost or ghoul from Halloween, according to American Home Shield. Both of those are symptoms of a potentially serious plumbing problem – a clogged sewer line.
“A clogged sewer drain line can impact the plumbing throughout your entire home,” AHS says. “In severe cases, you may wind up with raw sewage backing up out of your drains.”
A clogged sewer line has many causes from tree roots that have invaded the pipe and made themselves at home there to clogs caused by “flushing sanitary products, such as paper towels, facial tissues, feminine hygiene products or even extra-thick toilet paper.”
AHS lists these early warning signs of a clogged main sewer line:
- “Your drains are all running slowly, despite your best efforts to clear them. If you’ve tried all of the DIY unclogging tips on this list and you still can’t seem to find a fix, it’s likely the blockage is in your sewer line.
- “Several plumbing fixtures are clogged at the same time. If your toilets, kitchen sink and tub or shower are all backed up, you probably have a clogged sewer line. Toilets have the most direct route to the sewer, as well as the biggest drain line. If the clog is in your sewer line, you’re likely to experience trouble with your toilets first. If your toilets are working fine while other fixtures in your home are still slow to drain or are backed up entirely, you probably don’t have a stoppage in your main sewer line.
- “When you flush the toilet, water backs up into or comes up in the tub or shower. When your sewer line is clogged, the water can’t go down the drain. Instead, it flows back up the pipes and comes out at the lowest point — usually the shower drain.
- “When you run water in the bathroom sink, the toilet bubbles and gurgles. The bubbling is due to air trapped in the plumbing system. Run the water in the sink closest to the toilet for about a minute. If the toilet bubbles (gurgles) or the water level in the toilet rises, you may have a clogged sewer line.
- “When your washing machine drains, the toilet overflows or water backs up in the tub or shower. If the toilets are still flushing fine, you probably don’t have a blocked sewer line.”
If you’ve determined you have such a clog – or you’ve located some other plumbing issue you can’t solve – it’s time to call the trusted plumbing experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
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