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Signs of a Blocked Sewer

Having a blocked sewer can cause a lot of hassle at home. Not only is it a problem in sanitation, but it can also be a threat to the health of the homeowners, too. This is why it is so important for you to know some of the indications that your sewer is blocked.

Knowing the signs of a clogged sewer saves time. The correct diagnosis and fast response from a licensed Plumber will save you from a costly repair. Here are some red flags that you should look out for.

Fixtures Failing

One of the symptoms your sewer is blocked is when your fixtures all fail at the same time. When multiple fixtures fail, this is a sure sign that the problem is with the drains. These are the fixtures that you should inspect firs,t if you want to confirm whether the problem is with your sewer or not:

  • Firstly, check if the water goes down the drain. If it does not, you can proceed and check other fixtures because the problem might just be with your sink.

  • Secondly, let the water run continuously for about a minute or so. If this causes any effect to the water in your toilet, there is a high possibility that the problem is with your sewer.

  • Tub and Shower. Do the same test with the sink. If the water does not go down the drain, check whether it affects toilet water as well.

  • Toilet. This is probably the most tell-tale fixture of all because it is directly connected to the sewer. One of the signs your sewer is blocked is when water backs up or percolates after flushing. If you notice this, do not wait until other fixtures fail. Call in the team from Newk's Plumbing Gympie for proper diagnosis and a solution as soon as you can.

Main Drain not Draining?

The main pipe of your house is the drain line that connects you to either a private septic system or a public one. The main drain will have to be connected to a drainage clean out. If you have a private septic system, the clean out could be anywhere between the house main drain and the septic tank.

If you are connected to a public sewer system, it should be no more than 30 to 40 feet away from your house. Once you have located this, take off the cap. If there is water coming out of the clean out, then you know that your sewer is clogged.

Call Newk's Plumbing Gympie!

The problem might just get worse if you self-diagnose. If you have observed the above signs that your sewer is blocked, you should call in the experts. For quality plumbing and maintenance services in Gympie and surrounding areas, Call Newk's Plumbing 0418 800 018.


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