Blocked Sewage

Blocked Sewage

The most crucial aspect of a plumbing system in any residential, industrial, or commercial property is the sewer system. It transports trash from the building to the municipal sewer system beneath your street. A clogged sewage drain hinders trash from being properly disposed of. Clogged pipes can force sewage out of the pipe and damage your clean water supply. As a result, it’s critical to unclog a sewer drain as soon as possible before it affects the health of your family or tenants.

Are sewage blockages dangerous?

It is extremely important to take good care of your sewage system as wastewater from sinks, toilets, tubs and other fixtures drain into the main sewage system. This massive pipe transports all trash from the property to your sewage or septic system. When it becomes blocked, drains throughout your home become inoperable, and you may have water backing up from your fixtures, leaky pipes, and other issues.

What causes a sewer line blockage?

A clogged sewage drain can be caused by a variety of factors anywhere from the toilet bowl to the sewer main, including:




When Should You Call a Professional?



Common Reasons for Blocked Sewers

A broken sewer can turn into a nightmare, and it can also damage the environment and structure of your workplace or home. Following are some of the most common reasons for blocked sewers, which you need to be careful about to maintain your sewers for the long term.

Don’t Let Everything Go Down the Drains

One of the main reasons for block sewers is to allow food, grease, and everything that is not dissolvable to go down the drain, leading to heavy clogs over time. Therefore, you must be careful about throwing things into the drains and keep them in separate dustbins or garbage boxes to dispose of them properly. You can clear the blockage using a plunger, but if the clog is large, you will need to hire a plumber to clear the pipes.

Old and Rusted Pipes

Rustic and old pipes are one of the common reasons for sewer line breakage, but this can also happen with new pipes with low quality. If you think your sewer line might be broken, then avoid fixing it by yourself because it can turn into severe damage. Instead, you can take professional assistance for the long-term maintenance of your sewerage system.

Root Related Issues

The nearby trees can damage old pipes and drains because of underground roots leading an extensive force on the pipes. If you are facing this issue, then you must avoid using pipes that can easily get affected by roots to prevent further blockage, and you can call for professional services to deal with this issue as soon as possible.

Symptoms of a Blocked Sewer

A sewer drain clog can be a major problem, as well as a potential health risk. Water may back up into your fixtures, systems, or up through floor drains if there is no direct access to the main sewer system or septic field. When you have a sewage line drain clog, you should not use any of your home’s plumbing until the blockage is resolved.

Clogged Fixtures

When more than one plumbing fixture backs up at the same time, this is an obvious symptom of a sewer drain clog. Toilets are frequently the first to fail, but any other low-lying item, such as a shower or bathtub on the main floor of your home, might also be affected. If you suspect a sewage drain clog, begin by inspecting the toilet, then move on to other fixtures.

Trapped Air in Sink

Another unusual behavior to be on the lookout for is trapped air in the plumbing system. If you run water in a sink, especially one near the toilet, you may hear the toilet gurgle, see the water level rise, or maybe even see a sewage backup from your toilet.

Unusual Reaction from Fixtures

Examine the following fixtures for unusual sounds or behavior, beginning with the lowest floor of the house. Because backups begin at the clog and go upward, the lowest drains and fixtures are frequently the first to back up.


Toilets have the most direct access to the main drain and the largest drain pipes of any fixture, so they are frequently the first to develop difficulties. When water runs down a sink, tub, or washing machine drain, you may notice that it does not flush correctly or that it gurgles. This is an indication of a problem with the main drain.

Shower & Bathtub

Other drains that are commonly affected by a mainline stoppage are those in the bathtub and shower. This is because they are located at a lower level than sink drains. Examine the tub and shower drains for obstructions. When there is a large backup, showers and tubs may also fill with wastewater.

Laundry Machine Problems

When you operate the washing machine, you may see an unexpected indicator of a sewer drain obstruction. If the water draining from the washing machine causes the toilet to overflow or back up into the tub or shower, the sewer drain is likely plugged.

Sewer Repairs

If all your home’s drains and especially the toilets are clogging at the same time, or if flushing your toilets causes other drains to overflow when you use appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, it is likely that there is a sewage line issue. This can also effect slow-flushing toilets.

Consequences of Neglecting a Blocked Sewer

Having the proper sewerage system is mandatory for ensuring the safety of people and removing excess water and fluids to keep the home or workplace functional. However, blocked sewers can be dangerous not only for the structure of the building but also for health reasons. Therefore, it is essential to fix the sewer. Otherwise, there are chances of you facing the following issues.

Pest Infestation

Blocked drains always attract the growth of mosquitoes, rats, and pests, which accumulate dirt and grime inside over time. These pests stay in pipes looking for food resources and carrying a lot of germs from sewerage lines to your waterline. This can cause malaria, dengue fever, or virus infection.

Bad Odor

Rustic and old pipes are one of the common reasons for sewer line breakage, but this can also happen with new pipes with low quality. If you think your sewer line might be broken, then avoid fixing it by yourself because it can turn into severe damage. Instead, you can take professional assistance for the long-term maintenance of your sewerage system.

Skin Infections

Clogged drains can cause serious allergies and skin infections because the stagnant water there is full of bacteria and germs. In addition, having high humidity in your home or workplace also results in growing mold spores which cause health problems and make the environment unhealthy. Therefore, treating this issue as soon as possible is very important.


The drainage water contains harmful bacteria and pathogen, which keeps multiplying with time and cause severe diseases. This bacteria also cause infection in your stomach, which results in diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and a weak immune system. These infections can also be life-threatening sometimes; that’s why you must not ignore blocked drains for a long time.


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