Signs of Drain Backups, How to Unclog Drains

How to Avoid a Draining Experience!

If you have running water in your home, here are a few important things you need to know about your drains!

At the kitchen sink

  • Let plenty of water run down the drain by keeping the faucet open for up to a half a minute each day.
  • Sink lines commonly plug because not enough water is flushed through them, especially after the garbage disposal is used.
  • Run the facet for about five seconds after you turn off the disposal. This helps flush the line.
  • Never pour hot oil or grease down the sink—whether or not you have a disposal.
  • About once a month fill the sink to the top with very hot water. Using a fork or other kitchen utensil so you don't scald your hand, remove the sink's plug. As the clean, hot water swirls down through the sink line, it takes much of the grease buildup with it.

To keep a toilet from plugging

  • Don't put anything foreign down the toilet except toilet paper.
  • Items such as dental floss, Q-Tips, baby wipes, or any other paper product cling to the roots in the sewer and cause an immediate blockage.

Don't rely on chemicals

  • Many people try chemicals before hiring a drain cleaning expert because they want to save money. Then they call the drain cleaner anyway because the chemical hasn't cleared the drain.
  • Chemicals can solidify in a drain line and aggravate the blockage. If the chemical doesn't eat through the blockage, therefore not flushing down the drain, the chemical sits in your sink line. It crystallizes, and then there is no way you can easily clean a sink line after chemicals harden in it.

Signs of Big Backups

When your sewer is plugged or your septic tank needs pumping, here's what will happen:

  • Water backs up out of your tub drain when you flush your toilet.
  • When you empty your bathtub, the water stop flowing and bubbles back at you or bubbles into the toilet.
  • When you empty your kitchen sink, the sink water backs up into the toilet.
  • When you flush your toilet, sewer water backs up through an outside downspout, patio drain, driveway drain, or the lowest floor drain in your house.
  • When you run a load of laundry, soapy water comes up into a toilet, shower, or floor drain.


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Sewage backed up in a bathtub in my home. All toilets are clear and flush. What is happening?

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Not on septic system . Have double sinks ,one with disposal when I run the disposal and wash dishes the soapy water backs up in that sink and the other sink and what appears to be grass is in the water that enters. It eventually drains , what can I do ? Should I snake it ?

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After unclogging my kitchen sink that had water in it, immediately my washer downstairs started rumbling. I walked down to the basement to find the washer had been moved 2-3 feet. Coincidence? Or does this sound like a pipe issue? Help

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The water in my floor drain next to the clothes washer rises near the opening of the floor drain when my clothes washer water drains into the standpipe.

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By eydie

I washed clothes yesterday in the basement of our house. Upon returning to change to the dryer, I saw water on the floor and the utility sink filled to the top. My husband used a plunger and it caused water to continue filling from the drain into the sink. We flushed the toilets and ran water in the house and the sink continued to receive some water through the drain with what looked like remnants of toilet paper. We decided not to run water, go to the gym and shower and let it slowly drain on its own. Today, the sink is half full. He went outside and removed the vent cover because water was seeping through it and found toilet paper, hair and other household waste. After reviewing tons of videos, reading blogs and etc., we suspect there might be a block at the end of the sewer pipe that leads to the septic. What do you think? What steps should we try next.

It sound like you have a

By Almanac Staff

It sound like you have a blockage in the main pipe going to your septic system. We suggest that you call a plumber.

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By trece

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By christie

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Sink water comes out of toilet which pipe
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By tmez

Toilets are clear sinks are clear. I snakes 25ft into the main drain starting at the septic end first. But water still wont drain out. Its coming out to the septic tank in a slow stream.

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By Jacy

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