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Do you suspect a Sewer Blockage?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in basement The owner removed the cleanout cap to check for a blockage and sewage spilled out all over the basement floor.

To check sewer cleanout for possible blockage in the sewer line, make sure you turn off the water source to avoid a lot of damages from spillage when removing the cap. It is recommended that you know where all of the locations of the cleanout caps are, not just the main one. Knowing this will help you maintain proper function of the sewer lines, to avoid sewage back up into your home.

A few things to do if you suspect a blockage would be;

  • Listen for gurgling in the drains of your sinks, bathtubs, shower stalls and toilets. Hearing a gurgling sound is an indication that you may have a blockage.
  • Flush your toilet and check to see if water backs up into the tub or shower.
  • When you wash clothes, check to see if water backs up into the tub or shower. A clog will cause the water to go elsewhere as it tries to drain.
  • Run the bathroom sink water and watch your toilet for bubbles or rising water.

Contact a plumber to help clear the blockage and if you experience the unfortunate event of a backup into the house, shut off the water source and then give SERVPRO a call to help with possible solutions and damage control.

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