You certainly weren’t expecting to see sewage coming up through your bathtub drain, although you probably smelled it first and realized something was wrong. Most often this type of backup is caused by a clog in the main sewer line.
Warning Signs of a Blocked Sewer Line:
- Gurgling drains – if you hear a percolating noise coming from your bathtub or toilet
- Slow and low – Water draining slowly can be a warning sign of sewer line problems.
- Migrating Water – Laundry water is backing up into other pipes or coming up through the kitchen sink is an early sign of sewer line backup.
- Common Clogs – Bathtub or household drains clogging frequently are a sign of sewer line obstruction.
How to Fix a Clogged Sewer Line
There are a few things you can try to loosen any obstructions in smaller connecting pipes; however, it is unlikely you will be able to clear your sewer line. Some of these methods come with the risk of damaging your plumbing system, so it is always better to call a professional.
- Check your vent pipe: The sewer line will not drain properly if the vent pipe becomes blocked.
- Snake the Drain: Remove the bathtub drain cover and push the drain snake down the drain to break up the clog. If this works, the clog will be broken up and your bathtub will drain successfully.
- Call in the professionals: If your bathtub is still clogged, you probably have a bigger problem on your hands so call Eastern Plumbing. They will locate the source of the clog and they have the right equipment and know how to restore your home’s plumbing.
Here are the 5 most probable things that may be clogging your sewer line:
- Grease – Cooking oils, grease and fat are good at clogging drains.
- Hair – Drain flow may be stopped by the accumulation of hair in your pipes.
- Food – Chunks of food can gather in your sewer line, forming a blockage.
- Objects – Foreign objects such as bar soap bits, floss, jewelry and toys can cause blockage in sewer lines.
- Nature – Tree roots, dirt, rocks or rodents can clog your sewer line.
At the first sign of trouble, seek a solution to avoid costly or permanent damage. Call Eastern Plumbing and let us take care of it for you!
When it comes to your plumbing, you should be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear or possible damage to your faucets. Your kitchen and bathroom faucets play such an important part in your everyday life that they’re easy to overlook — that is, until they start leaking!
Water leaks can lead to serious damage in your home and can turn into expensive home repairs if you don’t fix them when they first start. But if you do a minor repair and still have drips and leaks, it’s time to replace your faucet.
When to Replace Your Faucet
Faucets aren’t made to last forever, and over time they start to break down from use. The older the faucet, the less likely it will run efficiently which means your water bills could become more expensive. Here are a few signs to look for in determining when to replace your faucet:
- Does your faucet have mineral deposits? Mineral deposits can build-up inside your faucet, causing them to perform less than optimally. It can affect appearance as well as the inner workings of the faucet.
- Does your faucet handle stick or crack when you try to move it? Does it take a few seconds for water to come out when you turn it on? These are signs of internal rusting and corrosion. Once this happens, its time to replace it.
- Does your faucet constantly need repairs? When your faucet needs constant repairs to function, it’s time to replace it. A few repairs here and there are normally cheaper than a full replacement, but if the repairs begin to add up, you might as well save your money and replace it.
- What is the age of your faucet? A good rule of thumb for replacing any appliance is by its age. Most will last for about 8-10 years. If yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be time to consider a replacement.
- You may want a more efficient faucet. Older faucets can waste a lot of water, so if you’re trying to cut down on utility costs, consider getting a new modern faucet.
Damaged faucets are much more than a plumbing nuisance; they can cause serious damage in your home if not taken care of right away. So, if it’s time to replace your kitchen or bathroom faucet, call the professionals at Eastern Plumbing. We’ll help you get new faucets installed quickly and efficiently – give us a call at 252-758-7589 today!