Signs You Have a Sewage Backup Problem

Nobody wants a problem with sewage disposal. Not only is it an unpleasant and smelly problem, but sewage can also pose a health risk that homeowners should address immediately. But how do you know if you have a sewage backup problem? And what should you do about it? Read on to find out more.

Signs of a Sewage Backup

Black Water

Undoubtedly, the most obvious (and dramatic) sign of a sewage backup problem is when the water in your home turns dark brown or black.

If you are in the shower and notice black water coming out of the drain, or you turn on the faucet and dirty water comes out, you should move away from the water immediately and call a plumber.

Another sign that black water is back flowing sewage is that it probably smells terrible.

Be careful if you see black water. There's a good chance the water contains living waste and is dangerous.

Strange Gurgling Noises

Typically, when you run water through your pipes, you shouldn't hear much. However, if you have a sewage disposal system, your pipes will likely make a strange gurgling sound.

Why does this happen?

When sewage backs up, it becomes difficult for water to circulate in your pipes. If the water has difficulty flowing through the clog, it will produce a gurgling, hissing, or dripping sound.

If you hear any of these noises, it is important to call a plumber to inspect your property and look for sewage backups.

Slow Draining 

While gurgling and dripping water alerts you to a possible sewage backup in your pipes, you will also notice signs of clogs when water begins to flow slower than normal.

For example, if you're in the shower and notice water pooling around your feet or not draining as quickly as usual, you may have a clogged pipe beneath you.

Call a Professional 

A sewage backup is not a problem that most homeowners should solve on their own.

Interacting with sewage can cause serious health problems, and a sewage backup usually occurs when there is a serious problem with the integrity of your pipes.

A backup of sewage usually occurs for the following reasons:

  • Corroded pipes
  • Roots interrupting sewer lines
  • Cracked pipes 
  • Leaks 
  • And more

Therefore, repairing a backup is not an easy solution. When a plumber comes to fix a sewage backup problem, he or she may have to dig up large portions of your yard to find the problem and get the pipes working again.

If you think you have a sewage disposal problem, call an experienced plumber today.

Schedule Your Appointment with Bannister Plumbing & Air 

Do you think you have a sewage backup problem? Don't take any risks: contact our Jacksonville Plumbing professionals!

When a sewer backup occurs, you need a team with the knowledge and tools to excavate the pipe and clear it of blockages.

Call Bannister Plumbing & Air. We'll explain everything you need to clean your sewers and get your pipes working again.