How to Tell if Your Sewer is Backed Up

Published Date: April 23rd, 2015 | Category: Plumbing Tips

Sewer backup is a huge and stinky hassle when it happens. Not only are you faced with potential water damage, but you also might have to throw out some belongings that have been contaminated by raw sewage. But if you pay attention to the warning signs, you might be able to avoid this problem. All Ways Drains specializes in repairing sewer backup in Edina and the surrounding areas. Here are few different things to keep an eye on that could alert you to a potential problem.

One of the biggest signs of sewer backup is more than one plumbing fixture is backed up. So if you have noticed most or all of your toilets are clogged, or one of your toilets and your shower drain is clogged, then you might be experiencing a problem with sewer backup.

Another telltale sign is if just the toilets are clogged. Because they have the most direct path to your sewer drain, a clogged or backed up toilet is sometimes the first indication there is a sewer backup problem somewhere in your home. Try flushing the toilets and note what happens. Does the water back up into the toilet or come back up through your shower drains? If so, you should call us as soon as possible to check to see if there is a sewer backup issue.

Run the sink near the toilet. If the toilet bubbles or the water level rises, this is also usually a good sign that sewer backup is a potential problem that should be addressed by expert plumbers like us. We should come to your home to take a closer look to see what’s going on and if the problem needs to be repaired.

Finally, run your washing machine. As surprising as this might sound, if your washing machine causes your toilet to overflow or causes the tub or shower to back up, that could also be a sign of a sewer backup problem. (Note: if your toilets are flushing fine, then this probably means that there is a clog in your washing machine water lines, not your sewer!)

Keep an eye out for these signs and symptoms of sewer backup and then give us a call if you think you’re having a problem.

Do you need help with sewer backup in Edina? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to schedule your Free Estimate.