No one wants to have to deal with a sewage backup. Not only is sewage water a nasty nuisance, it also contains a plethora of viruses and bacteria, and therefore poses a legitimate health risk to yourself and your family. So what do you do when sewer water starts coming out of your bathtub every time you flush the toilet?
If you have never heard of this problem before, trust us when we say it’s a lot more common than you would think. Anytime you flush the toilet, water is emptied into your tub and shower drains. This is the same reason cold water is diverted to your tub when you flush, causing anyone taking a shower at the time to get a rude awakening. But the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom also empty into your main sewer line. This means that when a sewer line clog occurs, your toilet will not be able to flush out the wastewater properly, resulting in that sewer water coming up through your bathtub drain. Keep reading to find out why this may be happening in your home – and what you can do about it – from our expert plumbers at Dial One Johnson Plumbing Cooling & Heating.
The Top 5 Reasons Sewer Water is Coming Out of Your Shower Drain:
- Tree Roots: Tree roots are like public enemy number one for sewer lines. The moisture in your sewer lines acts like a kind of natural fertilizer for tree and shrub roots, causing them to grow around and potentially even into the line. When this happens, you may notice backups happening inside your house, nasty smells around your property, or sewer water seeping up into your grass and causing lush patches to sprout in your yard.
- Cracked Lines: It is not uncommon for sewer lines to become deteriorated and cracked in older homes. When this may happens, debris may start to infiltrate the line, causing it to become clogged, or it may end up breaking down completely.
- Various Clogs: There are a number of things people flush down the toilet that can clog your sewer line. This includes hair, soap, pads, tampons, cotton balls, paper towels, and so-called “flushable” wipes. Meanwhile, there are also grease and food clogs to consider, coming from your kitchen. Just remember, don’t flush anything except toilet paper, and even that should be flushed in moderation. And when it comes to your garbage disposal, err on the side of caution and throw everything but minor food scraps in the trash can.
- Mainline Blockages: In some cases, your city’s sanitary mainline may become blocked. If this blockage isn’t detected in time, sewage may start to flow back into your home. Call a plumber to see if this is the source of your problem, as well as the city to see if they know anything about it.
- Too Much Rain: Sometimes after a heavy rainfall, your sewer lines can become overloaded, causing a backup to occur, which may come out of your tub drain.
Get Rid of Sewer Line Clogs ASAP
Cleaning up a sewage leak can be extremely expensive and time-consuming, so for the health of your home and your family, make sure to pay attention to the signs of a sewer line clog. Look out for leaks around your toilets, watch out for slow-moving drains, listen for general gurgling sounds or nasty smells coming from your plumbing system, and keep an eye out for sewer water backing up from your toilet and/or drains, or causing those green patches in your yard. If you do notice these things happening on your property, call our drain and sewer pros at Dial One Johnson. We offer camera inspections to rapidly detect clogs, and are available 24 hours a day to take care of backups and a range of other plumbing problems.