Why is Water Backing Up Into My Drains?

Jul 4, 2017

Drain back-ups are disconcerting no matter what the cause. Knowing the most common causes of drain back-ups can help you prevent them in the future and save time and money in the process. Some are more serious than others and may call for more extensive action. Following are the most common reasons why drains back up.

Clogs Caused by Solid Material

Solid material in the drain can lead to clogging and eventually lead to a back-up. Hair, grease, sanitary products and even some bath soaps and products can contribute to this problem. Cover drains with fine mesh to ensure that this problem won’t occur and avoid flushing sanitary products, diapers, paper towels and similar items. Massive clogs that occur in lateral sewer lines are especially problematic and may need the services of a sewer specialist.

Structural Damage

Collapse, misaligned and sagging pipe, offset joints and a number of other problems that inhibit free flow of wastewater can cause back-ups into drains. Periodic examination of drains and replacement of very old piping can help prevent drain back-ups.

Tree Roots

Roots seek water and food and find both inside pipes, entering via tiny cracks and joints. Once inside, they continue to grow and cause the pipe to become blocked. Roots can also spread, leading to large-scale damage. Blockages caused by tree roots need the expertise of a sewer expert.

Excessive Rain

Flooding caused by excessive rains can cause storm sewers to back up. This event is rare, however, and only happens during flash floods

Locating and Clearing Blockages

Clogs in your plumbing can be hard to find. Let’s say you have a sink that is backing up, as sinks are another a type of a drain. You have tried plunging it multiple times, but nothing seems to be working. Picture the way a tree looks with branches going up and out to the side. The way plumbing drains is like the branches of a tree with all water going to the base.. If a specific drain only backs up when the washing machine drains, then there’s a good chance that both empty into the same fitting. If you can determine where the blockage exists, you may need an auger to clean it out.

If you can’t locate the clog or need help in determining why your drains are backing up in your Brisbane home, the plumbers at Intagas can help. Call us for help in alleviating what can become a potentially serious problem.

Contact Mick on 0435 579 094 or send a quick email.

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