A blocked sewer drain should be fixed as soon as you notice any warning signs, otherwise it could lead to a complete sewer line blockage.
This will cause the backing up of raw sewage coming out of your drains, potentially causing significant damage and an unpleasant clean up.
Warning signs that your sewer drain is blocking up are:
- Your toilet water is bubbling or backing up
- Bath, basins and sinks are slow to drain
- Drains are making a gurgling sound
- Drains are starting to smell
What causes a sewer line to block?
- Tree roots that enter through a crack in the sewer pipe and grow causing a blockage
- Excess toilet paper or sanitary items being flushed down the toilet
- Kitchen disposal, for example when you rinse pots and pans and wash dishes the fats and food that goes down the kitchen drain
Broken Sewer Pipe
If you notice that you have a broken sewer pipe this should also be fixed as soon as possible as tree roots will get into the broken pipe and cause a complete blockage.
A broken sewer pipe is usually caused from ground movement which then puts pressure on the pipe causing it to crack or break.
Have a fully qualified plumber from HUTCHINS PLUMBING & GAS see to your sewer line issues before they get any worse.
Work on sewer pipes needs to be done by a professional to ensure it is done correctly to avoid any cross contamination.
What a lot of people may not realise is sewer drains and stormwater drains are two completely different setups and should not join together.
What runs through a sewer line?
A sewer line in your home is similar to a tree - you have main tree trunk with branches off the side - a sewer drain has a main sewer line with separate branch lines picking up your basins, baths, kitchen sinks, laundry tub, showers and toilets.
Any water and waste that goes down these drains will be carried through the main sewer pipe and through to the council sewer plant.