Clogged toilet

Catastrophe: In The Form of a Clog

Clogged toiletPicture this:  You’ve just completed remodeling your home.  You spent countless hours picking out the most perfect wood floors and tiles for your bathrooms, and pored over never ending swatches of wallpaper and paint for your dream bathroom.  You’re in awe of the new closet that created more space for shoes and clothes.  All of the hard work is done! For a little over a week now, you’ve been settled in your “new to you” home…then disaster strikes, in the form of a clog.  This isn’t a normal clog that only stops up the toilet either.  It has now also affected your shower and sink causing water and sewage to flood out and ruin all of that hard work in your new home.  What caused this and shouldn’t there have been signs of this?  Lucky for you, there are things to pay attention to when it comes to your drain lines, and here’s what you need to know.

Clogged Drain or Toilet

Just like our bodies talk to us when something is wrong, your house will talk to you when there’s an issue.  This “talking” may come in the form of gurgling noises from your drains.  You may notice that when your washing machine is done draining your toilet may start to gurgle, or you may see water around a drain that hasn’t been used.  This is one of the first telltale signs of a clog issue.  Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or in a secondary line.  Think of your drain system like a tree.  You have your main trunk line that runs out of the house and you have smaller branches from there.  If there is a clog in the main line, any water that is ran in the house will cause issues.  If it’s in a secondary line, then the issue will be isolated to that particular area of your home such as a bathroom sink or a bathtub.

Tree Roots

When clogged sewer lines occur in older homes, the primary cause is typically tree roots.  In new homes, clogged sewer lines can occur from a variety of things ranging from paper towels and thick toilet paper to your son throwing a small toy down the toilet.  Let’s talk about older homes and tree roots for a moment.  In older homes, there may be broken down drains in the ground that have tree roots in them.  This would be the number one reason why drain problems occur in older homes.  According to the experts, slow flowing drains and gurgling noises from toilets are the first sings that you may have tree roots in your line.  If you don’t take action to remove the roots, a complete sewer blockage is likely to occur.

So, what can you do when clogs occur?  Of course, the first thing we’d like you to do is call us to help!  However, there are two things you can do.

The first is to relieve the pressure in the line.  If a clog occurs and you suspect that the main sewer line is the cause, it’s important to shut the water off.  If you have access to your sewer cleanout line (typically this is a short, round, white pipe with a rubber cap located in the yard near the house) you can remove the cap during a backup to release the pressure that has built up which will send water outside of the home instead of inside.

Unfortunately, a drain issue isn’t one that you want to try to clear yourself! We recommend calling in the pros to help when you have a clogged drain or sewer line.  Remember, we are always happy to help and you can reach us by phone at 972-562-4444 or via email at info@medlockservices.com.  If we are unable to clear the line for you or the issue has resolved itself by the time we get out, we recommend having us (or someone) camera the line for you.  This will give you an idea of what you’re up against and how to keep the issue from occurring again in the future.  We hope that everyone has a great week!

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