This is a conundrum that is never anticipated, nor much thought about, until it actually happens to you. One day, while using your restroom, you may catch a whiff of sewage and think nothing of it. But then some time goes by and the next thing you know you have sewage liquids showing up in your bathtub.
A sewage backup caused by a block is not the end of the world but it is not a pleasant experience by any means. Don’t panic. Here are some steps of what you need to do:
- Turn off your main water line. You don’t want to add more liquid to an already volatile situation.
- Check your sewer vent line. If the vent becomes blocked for any reason then the sewer line cannot drain properly.
- Snake the drain or hire someone to snake your drain. Snaking the main sewage out line will probably solve the problem.
- Call the professionals. If you cannot get the problem solved yourself, call someone who is an expert on this matter.
The culprits are the usual things you would expect to block a drain:
- Natural debris
Signs that you may be facing a main sewage line backup soon:
- Gurgling water in drain.
- Slow draining.
- Back up water in other drains besides the bathtub.