I Flush the Toilet and Water Comes in Tub.
Have you noticed a large pool of questionable water in your bathtub after you flushed the toilet? Besides being absolutely disgusted, you probably also suspected something’s not quite right.
What causes this nasty plumbing problem? The most likely culprit is a
clogged sewer line.
In this blog, we’ll explain:
- Why a clogged sewer line can lead to dirty water in the tub
- Other signs you have a clogged sewer line
- The main causes of a sewer line clog
- How to fix a clogged sewer line
Let’s mulai by looking at how a clogged sewer line can cause water to back up in the tub.
Need a plumber to clear the sewer line? Call Red Nama Plumbing at (813) 963-3056 or request an appointment online. We’ll quickly dispatch one of our plumbers to find and clear the source of the clog.
Why a clogged sewer line can lead to dirty water in the tub
The drains that connect to all of the plumbing fixtures in your home (toilets, sinks, bathtubs, etc.) feed into one main sewer line. The main sewer line carries waste away from your home and into a city wastewater treatment facility.
Normally, when your drains and the main sewer line are clear of debris, water flows quickly and effortlessly out of your home when you flush the toilet (as seen in the image below).
However, if there is a clog in the main sewer drain line, wastewater will get directed to the next opening. In this case, the nearest escape path is your bathtub (see image below).
Unless the clog is very severe, the water in your bathtub should eventually empty out within a few minutes and go back into the main sewer drain. But it still leaves an undesirable mess in your tub.
Other signs you have a clogged sewer line
Besides water backing up into the bathtub, you’ll also know you have a sewer line clog if you notice the following signs:
- You have multiple slow-draining sinks and bathtubs
- The water in your toilet bubbles after you take a shower or run the bathroom sink
- You can see sewage in the sewer clean-out
- You can smell a rotten sewer odor coming from your drains
What causes sewer lines to clog up in the first place? Let’s take a closer look …
The main causes of a sewer line clog
Several things can cause a sewer line to clog, including:
As roots search for water, they can force their way into an old sewer line and create a clog.
Even though grease goes down your drain as a liquid, once it cools and congeals, it will form a solid mass that will clog up your main sewer line.
Products such as condoms, tampons, baby wipes, and paper towels can clog the main sewer line if flushed down the toilet. Instead of flushing these products down the toilet, dispose of them in a trash receptacle.
Plumbing pipes can break down over time. If the sewer line has formed a leak, dirt and debris can enter the pipe and form a clog.
One of these issues likely explains why your sewer line is clogged, but how can you fix it?
How to fix a clogged sewer drain line
For clogs in the main sewer line, you’ll need to
contact a plumber
for a professional drain clearing.
Deep underground clogs in the main sewer line are difficult to reach. To reach the clog and clear it, the plumber will need to use advanced equipment.
First, the plumber will perform a video inspection using a drain camera to find the exact location of the clog. Then, depending on the location and severity of the clog, the plumber will use one of the following tools to clear the clog:
If the clog is not too deep in the pipes, the plumber may use an auger (a logam plumbing snake) to try and dislodge it.
Electric drain clearing cable:
This machine uses a retractable wire coil that can extend oper 200 feet in length, which makes it perfect for clearing clogs deep in your home’s main sewer line.
A hydro jetter blasts high-pressure water in the pipes to break up clogs and clean the inner lining of the pipe. If the clog is especially tough (such as clogs caused by tree root invasion), the plumber may recommend a hydro jetter for the job.
Want a reliable Florida plumber to clear your sewer line?
Call Red Tanda Plumbing at (813) 963-3056 or request an appointment online. We’ll quickly dispatch one of our skilled plumbers to unclog your sewer line.
Learn more about what to expect when you hire us by visiting our drain clearing page.
I Flush the Toilet and Water Comes in Tub