How to tell if you’ve got sewer drain problems brewing

For obvious reasons, most home sewer drainage systems are located out of sight. They’re designed to allow households to carry on their lives without being constantly aware of the comings and goings of their wastewater systems. This design, however, presents issues when everything thing is not coming and going as it should.

Thankfully there are warning signs that your drainage system will display when it is not flowing efficiently. To be able to get repairs carried out before the drains start backing up you just need to know what to look out for.

1. What are some signs that you may have a sewer drain problem?

There are several signs that you may have a sewer drain problem, including:

  • Unexplained bad odours coming from your drains or toilets.
  • Gurgling sounds from the drains.
  • Water backing up into your sink, tub, or toilet when you flush or pull the plug out.
  • Slow draining sinks or toilets.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to call your plumber as soon as possible to have the problem checked out and sewer pipe repairs completed if needed. Sewer drain problems can lead to serious health hazards and a big mess if not fixed promptly.

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2. How do you know if the issue is with your sewer line and not your plumbing?

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, there’s a good chance that the issue is with your sewer line and not your water plumbing.

3. What are some common causes of sewer drain issues?

The common sources of sewer drain issues around the home can include:

  • tree roots growing into and blocking the sewer pipe
  • grease, hair, and other debris build up causing a blockage
  • broken, cracked, or collapsed sewer pipes

Your plumber can carry out a drain inspection to identify and locate the cause of your drain problems.

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4. How can you prevent these problems from happening in the future?

Preventing future sewer drain problems is fairly simple.

  • Avoid dumping grease, oil, food scraps, hair, old paint, and other debris down the drain.
  • Have your sewer line inspected and cleaned regularly by your plumber.
  • Fix any cracks or breaks in the sewer pipe promptly. Techniques such as pipe relining offer repairs for pipes in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Don’t plant large trees or plants near drain pipes.
  • Don’t flush wet wipes.

Taking these preventive measures can help ensure that your sewer line stays clear and free flowing all year round.

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5. What should you do if you think you have a sewer drain problem?

If you think you have a sewer drain problem, the best thing to do is call your local drain plumber. Plumbers have the experience to diagnose and fix sewer drainage problems quickly.

Fallon Solutions drainage experts offer a wide range of drain repair options. We specialise in no-dig drain repairs which can be carried out without needing to dig up your gardens or established infrastructure. Contact our team at 1300 762 260 for practical, effective trenchless drain repairs for all your sewer drainage issues in Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Ipswich, and the Sunshine Coast today.