Most people know how to handle clogged drains in their houses. A liquid rooter or a simple snaking usually does the trick. However, things get a little more difficult when you have a problem at the sewer drain. This can be a serious problem for your home if not addressed by a professional. Knowing the difference between a minor problem and a potentially major one can be difficult.
Here are a few signs that you might need a professional Toronto sewer cleaning.
More Than One Clogged Drain
One clogged drain typically means that something is obstructing the flow of water. However, if multiple drains in your house are clogged, then you probably have a problem with the sewer. This becomes especially apparent if different types of drains, such as both the sink and the shower, are stopped up.
Often times, any sort of sewer drainage problem becomes apparent first in your toilets. Toilets have the most direct connection to the sewer drain, and they also have the largest drains. Therefore, problems with them will show up before the other fixtures. Many homeowners will notice this when multiple toilets become backed up at the same time. Tree roots can grow into the main line, causing intermittent stoppages. The best way to determine the source of the problem is to use a toilet auger extended to at least six feet. That should be enough to reach through the toilet line.
Shower drains back up more often than other fixtures because of hair that accumulates during showering. If you have to snake out your shower drains frequently, you are probably not removing the entire clog each time. These bits of hair can work their way down the drain until only a professional sewer cleaning can remove the obstruction.
Foul odors coming from your sink, shower drain, or other fixtures suggest sewage backing up from the main line to the individual lines. However, every drain fixture, such as those coming from your toilet, is equipped with a U-shaped pipe that holds water. This water prevents sewer odors from entering the house. It is possible the water is leaking or, if you have not used your toilet in a while, the water has evaporated. Therefore, you should first locate this pipe and pour water into the U-bend. This might solve the odor situation.
Water Backing Up
Water exits your house through a single waste system. Wastewater floods into your house when this system becomes blocked. This will first be noticeable in floor drains and toilets, especially those in the basement. If water enters your house, please be careful not to step into any water that might touch an electrical outlet.
As water attempts to move down an obstructed pipe, it has to navigate around whatever is causing the obstruction. This forces air out of the pipe. That air travels through the water and produces the sound you might describe as gurgling. If you only hear it in one pipe, you have a problem with that drainage system. However, since all water leaves the house through the same system, gurgling in multiple fixtures suggests you need a sewer cleaning as the problem is possibly caused by a buildup of back pressure.
Strange Occurrences in Your Fixtures
These unusual reactions differ depending on your system. Many Toronto homeowners report turning on their sinks and their toilets bubbling. Others report flushing the toilet and water flowing into the bathtub as a result.
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