Ways to Fix Sewer Line Backups

Posted in Plumbing on November 13, 2012 »

There are many causes for sewer line backups. Some are simple to unplug (plunger) or some may require professional assistance. Listed below is a summary of potential drain backup areas in your home.

Kitchen drains clog over time. They run slower and slower as greases, soaps, fats and detergents build up on the inner walls of the pipes and eventually cause blockage. An O’Mara service technician who specializes in kitchen plumbing jobs will use a sink machine to cut through the clog and remove all debris. Your kitchen drainpipes will be as good as new.

Shower and tub drains. The clog culprit is usually hair and soap buildup in the trap and drainpipe. When you’re taking a shower you should never see standing water in the stall or tub. Properly functioning drains should carry the water away almost instantly. If water covers the shower floor or your feet, you have a clogged shower drain, which will eventually become completely blocked. Our experienced technician will use our tub and shower drain cleaning machine to clear the drain of any and all debris, restoring it to new condition.

Bathroom sink drains may become clogged with hair, toothpaste, soap and grime. Our technician will remove the clog and thoroughly clean the entire pipes so your sinks will drain like new.

If something valuable falls into your drain (jewelry, etc.) use the following procedure to retrieve them.

Normally heavy jewelry will not wash past the U-shaped trap beneath the sink (called a p-trap). Most people can easily remove the p-trap by hand or with a wrench to retrieve foreign objects. Place a bucket beneath the p-trap to catch water. Wear gloves. Loosen the slip nuts on both ends of the p-trap and slowly remove the p-trap assembly. Dump the contents into the bucket. If the lost item is not inside the trap, it has traveled farther down the drain line. Do not run additional water. Call O’Mara’s to have a service technician search your pipes with a fiber optic video inspection camera. We can also retrieve items lost down any other residential plumbing drain or commercial drain.

Toilet drains are sometimes overwhelmed with toilet paper and even occasional kid’s toy. Our cable machine will clear the drain. The cable has special spring loaded blades on the top that will cut through any obstruction while hugging the inside wall of the pipe and thoroughly cleaning it to restore full drainage and powerful flushes.

Floor drains are common in basements, laundry rooms and garages. They may also be found on patios and driveways as well as older bathrooms. These drains are equipped with a trap that should be kept filled with water to prevent odors and sewer gas from escaping. Test drains occasionally to make sure they aren’t clogged and are ready to carry away water and prevent flooding. Dirt and debris can clog floor drains but O’Mara’s can open them quickly to restore good drainage.

Main sewer lines are the largest drains in a home. All other household drains lead to the main sewer line. The main sewer runs underground from the house and connects to a city sewer line or a septic tank. Your main sewer line can become clogged from the debris those other household drains wash into it or by tree roots that penetrate pipe joints from surrounding soil. If the main sewer line clogs, toilets and drains throughout your house will begin to backup. This is usually a very stressful situation for homeowners and it can happen at any time of the day or night. That’s why O’Mara Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is available 24 hours.

A technician using our sewer cleaning will cut through the clog and clean the main sewer pipe right down to its inner walls. We also have a hydrojetter to clean the most difficult clogs which can spray water at 3500 psi. Best of all, it won’t harm your pipes. If the technician has any indication there is a problem with the main sewer line, he may perform a video camera inspection to determine if the pipe is damaged or corroded. The technician will share the video with the homeowner and present options for sewer line repair or replacement if necessary.