Warning Signs of a Sewage Backup

The sewage line is the unsung hero of many houses and commercial buildings in the Philadelphia area. It keeps our spaces sanitary and makes sure the unspeakable is “out of sight, out of mind.” No matter what purpose your building serves, your sewer lines will likely see use every day, and this can add up over time. While they’re easy to forget about sometimes, sewer lines can become clogged and back up if misused.

Additionally, other factors that are out of your control can sometimes cause these issues. Summer, in particular, is a time when cases of sewage backup are frequent. Warm temperatures and heavy rainstorms can combine to create new backups or exacerbate existing ones. Without a doubt, a sewage backup can cause severe problems for your home or business if they go undetected, but by spotting a backup early on, you can get ahead of the problem and save yourself time and money in the long run. There are several distinct signs you can look for that will give away an unnoticed backup:

Unpleasant Smell

“Unpleasant” may be a bit of an understatement in this context, but one of the most common giveaways of a sewage backup is the smell it creates. A well-functioning drain should be able to transport foul-smelling sewage out of your home, but a backup will cause it to remain stuck in your pipes and eventually fill your home or business with a foul odor. The smell of sewage is hard to mistake. If you notice it in your home, you should contact a sewer line cleaning professional as soon as possible. 

More Than One Clogged Drain

Sometimes, a drain in your home will become clogged if hair or other debris gets in the way of water’s flow. This is generally a quick and straightforward problem to fix, but if two or more drains in your home are clogged simultaneously for a reason unbeknownst to you, a sewage backup may be the culprit. This is especially true if the clog(s) occur in drain areas that you rarely use, such as a bar sink or guest bathroom. 

Rising Bubbles

One of the more unique signs of a sewage backup is bubbles rising from your toilet or drain after using it. When you have a sewage backup, the water you’re trying to flush or drain will bubble as it tries to get past the clog. If you notice bubbles after one flush, it’s generally a good idea to try it again, as bubbles can occur randomly from time to time. If the bubbles appear yet again, you could have a sewage backup.

Slow Toilet Flushes

The toilets in your home or office should generally flush with the same amount of force every time, as indicated by its “flush volume.” If you consistently notice less water and a slower speed with each flush, it is likely an indicator of sewage backup and that you should contact a qualified professional immediately. 

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