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As a property or homeowner, you need to ensure that your shower and toilet remain separate. There’s no doubt that a backed-up toilet is a scary emergency, but when the backup is flowing into your shower, it can become a nightmare. Although it is normal to go for years without experiencing these two systems failing, it is important to schedule regular maintenance with the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We can have a plumber at your location within a moment’s notice to assess and recommend necessary repairs and replacements.
The waste you flush down the toilet goes down your sewer lines, transporting solid and wastewater to the main sewer. However, when you flush, and water starts to come out of the shower drain, it means that this process is obstructed, and you are due a professional drain cleaning and maintenance.
Drains usually function like rivers, where small tributaries merge to form one large body of water. This means that if your main sewer pipe becomes blocked, it will lead to backup in all the drains connected to the toilet and shower. Several things can be the cause of the clog, including:
Sewer lines usually run beneath the ground, which puts them at risk of contact with tree roots. This usually happens when there’s a weakness in the sewer line or a leak along the pipelining. Whether it’s a tree in your home or your neighbor’s, you can count on our equipped and experienced plumber to pinpoint the problem before it gets out of hand.
If you have children in your building, it is important to ensure that they don’t flush something that doesn’t belong in your septic system. Most people mistake flushing all the items that the manufacturer marks as "flushable," which puts your septic system at risk. Things like feminine hygiene products, diapers, and wipes can take time before they break down, causing a clog in your system.
This covers oils and fats, which usually go down the sewer lines as you wash dirty dishes. Although these substances are in liquid form when flowing down the drain, they easily cool, causing a clog in the drainage system. If the grease is left to accumulate to a point it blocks your mainline, it can lead to backup in the shower and other connected drains. The most effective way to prevent this is by scheduling an appointment with a professional plumber for regular drain cleaning and maintenance.
Many things can cause a blockage in your sewer main, resulting in backup, which can be frustrating and inconvenient. While most clogs can be removed using a plunger or several other DIY solutions, you need to hire a professional when you detect backup flowing out of the shower. Contact us today at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, and schedule an appointment with our experts.