The sewer system in your home is designed with an “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy. You aren’t supposed to have to deal with your actual sewer system at all, just send it waste for disposal. So if you ever do find yourself being affected by your sewer system, chances are that something is very wrong.
Have a look at some of the signs that your sewer is in need of professional attention. The sooner you can recognize that your sewer system has a problem, the faster you can get it repaired.
If you have bad smells coming up through your drains, especially multiple drains, it’s usually a sign of a problem with your vent system. Your home is designed with a sewer gas vent, likely on the roof, to give the gas a way to escape the building. If the vent becomes blocked, though, it forces the gas back into the home. From there, the only place the gas can go is through your drains and into your home. So if you think you may have sewer gas trapped in your home, call a professional right away.
Backflow is when sewer water travels backwards through the system and up into your home. The waste water contaminates the pipes meant to be used for clean water, making it necessary to clean out the whole pipe network. Most homes are equipped with backflow prevention devices by law, which protect against backflow. If the one-way valve in the device becomes stuck, though, backflow can still occur. If you’re experiencing backflow, call a professional right away. You’re going to need your entire plumbing network sanitized, to be safe.
If you’re experiencing sewer problems, call beOnd plumbing.