Signs You Have a Sewage Backup Problem

Nobody wants a sewage backup problem. Not only is it an unpleasant, smelly issue to have, but sewage can also be a health hazard that homeowners must address immediately. But how can you tell when you have a sewage backup problem? And what should you do to fix it? Read on to learn more.

Signs of a Sewage Backup

Black Water

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

If you’re standing in the shower and notice black water seeping up from the drain or turn on the faucet and dirty water runs out, you should step back from the water immediately and call a plumber

Another sign that black water is backup sewage is that it will probably smell awful.

If you see black water, take care. Chances are, the water contains live waste and is dangerous. 

Strange Gurgling Noises

Normally when running water through your pipes, you shouldn’t hear much of anything. However, your pipes will likely produce a strange gurgling sound if you have a sewage backup. 

Why does this happen?

When there’s a sewage backup, the water will have trouble moving through your pipes. As the water struggles to pass through the blockage, it will make gurgling, hissing, or trickling noises. 

If you hear any of these noises, it’s important to call a plumber to survey your property and check for any sewage backups. 

Slow Draining 

While gurgling sounds and trickling water will alert you to a possible sewage backup in your pipes, you’ll also notice signs of a blockage when the water begins to drain more slowly than normal.

For example, if you’re in your shower and notice the water pooling around your feet or not draining as fast as it usually does, there could be a blocked pipe underneath you. 

Call a Professional 

A sewage backup is not a problem most homeowners should attempt to fix themselves

Interacting with sewage can lead to serious health problems, and sewage backup usually occurs when there’s something seriously wrong with the integrity of your pipes. 

Sewage backup usually happens because of: 

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

As a result, repairing a backup is no easy fix. When a plumber comes to fix a sewage backup problem, they may need to dig up sizable parts of your yard to find the problem and get the pipes in working order again. 

If you suspect you have a sewage backup problem, call an experienced plumber today. 

Schedule Your Appointment with Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 

Do you suspect you have a sewage backup problem? Don’t risk it: call in our professionals! 

When a sewer backup happens, you need a team with the knowledge and tools to excavate and unclog the line. 

Give Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call. We’ll walk you through everything it takes to clear your sewer and get your pipes in working order.