How to deal with Sewage Coming through Bathtubs?

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Bathtubs are meant for relaxing experiences. At the end of the day, when we step into a bathtub filled with warm water, it relieves us of all the stress. Unfortunately, bad plumbing can ruin this experience. We receive a lot of calls from the Salt Lake City area regarding the foul smell coming from the bathtub or the sewage overflowing. To ensure that it doesn’t happen repeatedly, you need to understand the root cause.

Acknowledge the fact that there is nothing wrong with your bathtub, rather it is the sewage line, which is causing troubles. When you are taking a bath, the water goes through the drainage into the sewer. Besides, there are separate lines for toilet and bathtub drainage. If the sewage line is clear and there is no blockage, your bathtub will drain just fine. Else, it might affect all the drainage lines of the house, including your tub.

Top causes behind the blockage:

  • Accumulated hair
  • A chunk of food coming from the dishwasher
  • Cooking oil and grease that flows down the sink
  • Tree roots climbing down the sewer system
  • Rodents taking space inside the septic tank
  • Random objects that accidentally make way to the pipes like jewelry and toys

How to Fix a Sewer Line Clog

The overflowing bathtub is a little complicated situation. There are chances that you would need professional help to solve this problem. Yet, you can try the following methods to clear the obstruction. But, before you do anything, just make sure that you are not damaging the existing system.

Close the water supply

With the sewage overflowing, you do not want more water flowing into the septic tank. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is turn off all the water supplies. Further, you can relieve the pressure of the sewage line by removing the cap.

Inspect the vent pipes

If your sewer is overflowing, there might be a problem associated with vent pipes. The vent pipes can be found on your roof. Inspect closely for blockage and remove any obstruction. 

Use a plumber‘s snake

Drain snakes can work their way down to the pipe, making the path clear. However, you should have a little practice using it; else, it can cause more damage. Spin it clockwise while pushing it down; once the way is clear, draw it back. If the process is successful, the sewage will fall back.

If the problem still exists, you should best call your nearby plumbing professionals. They can clear the blockage in a jiffy.

Warning Signs That the Sewer Line is blocked

Most drains and sewer system gives a clear sign before it overflows. Make sure you acknowledge those signs. Some of the common signs that you should not ignore are mentioned below:

Slow drainage: When sewers start acting up, there is a chance the lowest drains will start overflowing first. So, focus on the lowest levels of the house to find a warning sign. For instance, the floor drain will give up before the sink drain.

Noisy drains: If you hear a rinsing noise, every time you shove water down the drain, it can be a sign of blockage.

Common clogs – Toilets or bathroom drain’s frequent blockage can be an indication that there is something wrong with the sewer line.

Drained wastewater: Sometimes you might find excess moisture around the drainage locations. This indicates leakage and blockages.

Do not ignore the sewage problem. It is necessary to give a call to your early plumbing professional on the first sign of overflowing and leaking.

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