Nobody likes to think about sewer line backups, but the fact is they happen. How exactly do they start? How do they get worse? How do they end up bubbling into your home? Today, we take a look.
Something blocks the flow of wastewater
Sometimes the blockage can arise from line clogs or tree root infiltration into your sewer line. It's also caused by sewer line damage; things like cracks or holes in the line or a complete break in the sewer line itself.
- With the blockage intact, wastewater builds in the line
Like a molting lizard, the water, with nowhere to go, will accumulate in the portion of the line that’s connected to a home and eventually become too big to stay inside its container. As plumbing fixtures in that home are used, the pressure will continue to build and build.
- When the pressure becomes too great, the wastewater will find the nearest point of exit.
Eventually, when the line is no longer able to bear anymore, the line the wastewater will find the nearest exit point. This will be the lowest drain in a home, which is typically a basement floor drain or a drain that is located at the lowest level in a home.
- The backup doesn't stop there, as it continues to build, the plumbing in your home will continue to have serious issues.
As the backup gets worse, it can start to enter the drain lines that connect to a home’s plumbing fixtures. This leads to problems with these fixtures, like several drains being clogged at once. THis can also lead to everyone's least favorite smells coming from the drains in the home. When you reach this level, it is best to call Mr. Rooter of North Central Indiana to come and put our experience and expertise to work for you!