Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Signs That You Have A Sewage Clog Issue In The Home

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If you have a home sewage system, then you may not do a whole lot when it comes to maintaining the drainage part of your plumbing. While this does make sense, you may need to work quickly to seek out professional help if drainage constantly seems to back up. Sewer system backups are not the same as a simple clogged toilet or a sink clog. If you want to know if your sewage is an issue and in need of a cleaning, then consider the following signs of an issue.

Water Pooling Around Basement Drain

If your sewage system is backed up, then it is likely that you will see water pooling or draining more slowly in the lowest part of your house. If you have a drain in your basement, then this might be where you notice the water pooling. The majority of your drainage system will be built in a way that gravity pulls the wastes through the pipes. The pipes that sit higher up are the ones that are subjected to more of a gravitational pull. The lower drains, like the ones in your basement, may not be subjected to nearly as much force. 

When one or several of the sewage pipes become congested with debris, wastes move through the upper house drainage lines. These are the ones that have significant gravitational pull. However, wastes remain in basement pipes since the pull is lower and significantly reduced when there is a clog. Eventually, the drains end up overflowing. 

When something like this happens, you will likely notice that the drains throughout the rest of the home are slower, but not stopped.

Gurgling Toilet

Your drainage system will be fitted with a drain vent that is installed through your roof. The vent helps to pull air into the drainage pipe. This prevents a vacuum from forming in the drainage system itself. This sort of prevention keeps waste from becoming stagnant in the sewer line and backing up into the home. However, when a clog forms in the sewage pipe, air cannot be pulled through the drainage line. Air is then pulled through the toilet and you hear a gurgling sound.

You may hear gurgling when you flush the toilet or when water drains from one of your sinks or your bathtub. Your toilet is connected to the largest drain pipe in your home. It is much easier for air to be pulled through this large opening than through a smaller pipe connected to the sink or bathtub. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Assured Plumbing & Heating.

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24 February 2017