A clogged sewer drain can cause great damage if not attended too quickly. Most homes that run under city sewer systems have their drains from house fixtures connected to a single main sewer drain. If this drain clogs, then the waste has nowhere to go.
As a result, it will accumulate in the house sewage system and start getting back into the fixtures. Here are warning signs of a clogged drain that you should watch out for. If you notice any of them call a professional plumber immediately.
Clogging in multiple fixtures
Check your toilet, bathtub, sinks, and showers. If you notice slow drainage accompanied by gurgling sounds and a bad smell, you definitely have a sewer clog. Also, if the drains and toilet get clogged repeatedly, you need to get them checked by a professional.
Overflow at the sewer cleanout
The sewer cleanout is a pipe located outside your house and is mainly used by plumbers to correct blockages. Check outside your house for the clean out and inspect the area surrounding it. If there are signs of sewage seeping out, your main drain is clogged.
Sewage backup through other pipes
Wastewater backup is worse than slow drainage or a clogged toilet. In this case, toilet and wastewater comes out through other pipes. For instance, when flushing the toilet, the waste can come out through the bathtub or shower. This is an ugly scenario that will require you to find help immediately.
Sewage in the floor drain
When wastewater has nowhere to go, it will start find its way into the lowest drains. These include the basement shower drain and the floor drain in the laundry room. For instance, if running the washing machine makes the toilet or shower to overflow, you have a sewer clog.
If you see any of these signs, call your plumber immediately to avoid further damage to your home.