Dealing With A Clogged Sewer Line. How To Know When To Call In The Pros.
When dirty water is flowing back into a tub or shower or a drain is slow or clogged, it may be time to call in the pros. While it may seem like a simple blockage, it could be the sign of a serious underlying issue, like a completely clogged sewer line. Here are just a few signs of a possible bigger issue and how damaging it can be to your overall plumbing and sewer system.
Gurgling Sounds From Your Plumbing System
One of the first signs that you may have an issue with a clogged sewer line is hearing gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing system. This occurs when the pressure is affected within the lines. A clog or interruption in waste flow can cause a gurgling sound. Air pockets in the p-trap or waste line can easily occur and disrupt the flow of water to and from the toilet and main sewer line. Any unusual sounds from your water lines or toilet, should be addressed right away. The pros from Ragsdale can come to your home and do a complete plumbing and sewage line inspection to determine the culprit and make the necessary repairs.
Foul Odors in Your Drains
Drains need to be cleaned regularly with a green, non-toxic solution if possible. Chemical cleaners can be purchased at most retail stores, but keep in mind they can be hazardous to use. If you have a continual odor coming from your toilet, shower or sink, even after a thorough cleaning, it could be the sign of a more serious underlying issue, such as a bellied pipe. This occurs when a clog or blockage expands and damages the sewer or water pipe. The result can lead to some waste material getting caught in the lines and backing up into your home. Foul odors are indicators that there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed by a Ragsdale plumber.
Backup of Dirty Water
Have you been noticing that your sinks, toilet and shower have a backup or bubble of dirty water that either comes back up or never goes down? Have you had a recent flood? Remember to use care when dealing with dirty sewage water, as it can contain an array of contaminants that could be harmful to your health. A backup of dirty water could be an indication that a tree root has invaded your sewage line. A Ragsdale pro will examine water and sewer lines with a camera and snake through the nooks and crannies of your plumbing system. From there an auger may be used to break up any roots free and restore flow.
Small Leaks in Your Basement or Crawlspace
Have you also been noticing leaks on your basement floor, but not enough to be overly concerned? It could be more than condensation, it may be an internal blockage that is putting too much pressure on your sewer and water lines, causing hairline leaks. This can lead to a burst water line, which could cause extensive damage. Having an annual inspection to check water and sewer lines can prevent a plumbing catastrophe from happening, and detect any underlying issues that could be a potential problem.
Leave your plumbing issues to the professional technicians and plumbers at Ragsdale. Call today to address any concerns about your plumbing and sewer system.