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4 Indications of a Sewer Backup

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A sewer backup can be a serious problem if not taken care of promptly. Learn the warning signs!

A full sewer backup can be stressful and a drain on your money if not taken care of promptly. Your plumbing, however, will usually show signs that a sewer backup is coming, and you should take care to look out for those signs.

1. Clogging in More than One Drain

Drains will clog from time to time, so that in itself is not a very serious problem. But if more than one drain is clogging at the same time, it could be a warning sign of a bigger issue. This is especially true if one or more of those drains are ones you rarely ever use, such as drains in guest bathrooms, workroom sinks, or laundry room sinks.

2. Water Backing Up into Other Drains

Is water backing up into other drains? The easiest place to see this problem is in your bathroom because there are multiple drains there. You may need to treat a sewer backup if water is backing up into a lower drain, such as water from a bathroom sink or toilet backing up into the bathtub. However, this can happen anywhere in your home, so keep an eye out on all your drains.

3. Bubbling

Bubbles are caused by trapped air in your pipes, caused by water trying to pass through the clog. You can check for the presence of bubbles by filling your sink or tub with a few inches of water and then checking for bubbles as it drains. Your toilet may also bubble up after flushing.

4. Toilet Not Flushing Properly

The most common sign of a sewer backup is that your toilets won’t flush properly. If you plunge your toilet, but the problem is not solved, it could be an indicator that there’s a more serious problem. You should contact a trusted plumber immediately to get the problem treated before the problem gets even worse!


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