Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Has your toilet suddenly stopped flushing as fast as it should, even after you attempted to plunge it? If all of your toilets are flushing slowly, it might be a sign that there is something wrong with the main sewer line that is causing water to sit inside of the plumbing pipes. This article will explain a few of the signs that a sewer line is backed up and that a plumber is needed to make a repair.
Sinks Drain Slowly with Bubbles
When a sink drains slowly and bubbles up, it is a good sign that a sewer pipe is clogged up. The problem can stem from the pipe that is directly connected to the sink. However, slow draining and bubbling from more than one sink means that the main sewer line is clogged up. You can attempt snaking the sink drains on your own, but the problem will not go away if the main sewer line is the problem.
Sewage Seeps Through the Floors
A backed up main sewer line can lead to sewage coming up through the floors in your house. Basically, the sewage is able to deep through when there are cracked pipes underneath the floors. Sewage can also get inside of your house by flowing in from the outside when it accumulates on the ground.
Water Comes Up Through Plumbing Fixtures
If there is water coming out of plumbing fixtures drains, the sewer line can be the cause. You might notice that the water comes up when a toilet is flushed. The problem might also occur when you are draining the bathtub out. The water that you see comes directly from the main sewer line because it is unable to flow all the way through. There can be tree roots or debris inside the sewer line that is in need of being removed by a plumber.
Mold is Suddenly Present On the Walls
When the main sewer line backs up, it can lead to water sitting in the pipes that are running through your house. The presence of water constantly sitting in the pipes can make your house more humid. The humidity creates a good environment for mold to grow. Your house might smell like mildew or sewerage from water sitting in the pipes as well. Get in touch with a plumber to explain what is happening so he or she can take a look at the main sewer line.