If you’ve been looking forward to a nice, relaxing hot shower or bath after a long day of work, the last thing you want to see is sewage backing up in your bathtub. Not only is it gross, it means that there’s something wrong with your plumbing. In this blog we cover why it happens and what you can do to fix it.
When raw sewage or questionable water is in your bathtub, the problem lies not with your bathtub itself, but with the sewer line beneath it. Your bathtub and toilet drain down separate pipes until all the drained materials mix and are forced out of your home through one line: the sewer main. If the main sewer line is obstructed in some way, all the material that failed to drain properly can build up, eventually coming up in odd places.
Sewer lines may become clogged for a number of reasons. Often, some water can flow around these obstructions, however the blockage can become more significant over time. Here’s a list of some of the causes of sewer line blockages:
Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to clear a sewer line by plunging the toilet or your bathtub drains. Plungers only work to clear blockages near the head of the drain or within the toilet, not all the way down to the sewer line.
However, there are a couple of things you can try to loosen any obstructions that may be in smaller connecting pipes. Though, some of these methods also come with some risk of damaging your plumbing system.
If none of these solutions work, make sure to call a plumber. It’s not safe to have sewage backing up in your bathtub. When you suspect there are problems with your main sewer line, be sure to call Terry’s Plumbing to schedule an appointment.