Sometimes, your sink, toilet, and bathtub are clogged all at once. If you have more than one fixture clogged at the same time you may have to your main drain. Most signs of main drain blockage starts from the basement drain such as back up water coming out of a bathtub or a sewer. These are signs that you water is not exiting to the city lines meaning your main drain is blocked.
What Causes a Main Drain to block?
Public or Private
There are two types of sewer blockages:
- Blockages in the main sewer line
- Blockages in the private line that goes from your home to the main line
If other people in your area complain of sewer backup, then the cause is public and it is up to the city to take care of the issue. If the sewage backs up through a single sink, toilet, or other drain, the cause is somewhere in your sewage line and you'll need to contact us at 514-316-1043.
The most common reason for sewage backing up are items being flushed down the toilet. Whether you don't realize the consequences of doing so, or you don't think it will happen to you, the truth is that sewer backup can happen at any time, regardless of how careful you are. Common objects found are:
- Baby diapers
- Cat litter
- Oil & Grease
As with any backup issue, prevention is key. Throw these items in the trash.
Grease backups happen when the grease and fats from your cooking get rinsed down the sink. This clog typically happens about 25 feet into your sewage line, where the hot water that goes down the drains is cooled off. With no hot water to cut through the grease, it starts to harden and build up over time and then before you know it.
If the roots get big enough, they can get inside the pipes and form root balls that clog the lines. You can prevent this problem by planting trees away from the sewer line, but once it has happened, our drain specialists can remove all roots within your sewer line.