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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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6 Signs of a Sewage Backup

by Melvin Owens

Sewage back-ups are not only disgusting but also disturbingly common. Sewage backing up in your plumbing can cause a lot of problems, some of which are very noticeable. Look out for these six signs so you can take action before you end up with a sewage spillage in your home.

1. Bad Smells

Sewage back-ups smell terrible. If you notice a bad odour coming from the drains or a general lingering smell of sewage in or around your home, a main sewer line blockage could be the culprit. Call a plumber right away so they can investigate.

2. Bubbling Toilets and Drains

Blockages in the main sewer line can cause air bubbles to come up through toilets and drains, even when you are not using them. Look out for bubbles and listen for gurgling noises coming from your drains and toilet.

3. Draining Is Slower Than Usual

Clogs can cause drains to empty much more slowly than usual. You will probably notice this problem first in lower-lying drains, such as those in the basement or on the ground floor. The problem takes longer to spread to drains on higher floors, but if you ignore it long enough, you could find that all your drains are slow to clear.

4. Multiple Blocked Drains

Eventually, a main sewer line clog can cause the drains in your home to become completely blocked, which means they do not let any wastewater through at all. A single drain blockage is usually due to a clog in the pipe directly beneath the drain, but multiple blockages affecting different drains are a clear sign of a sewage line back-up.

5. Interactions Between Different Plumbing Fixtures

If your toilet gurgles when you run the shower or your shower drain backs up when you flush the toilet, your home might be experiencing a sewage back-up. Sometimes, drains can gurgle or bubble when you use the washing machine or dishwasher. This is not normal and is a sign that you should get a plumber to inspect your sewer line for signs of a clog.

6. Sewage Coming From the Cleanout Pipe

A cleanout pipe provides access to the sewer line. This pipe is usually located in the basement or outside your home. Look for a capped pipe. If there is sewage leaking from this pipe, or standing water backed up inside it, it is likely that you have a sewer line back-up. Contact a plumber to deal with this problem for you.