Most business owners take their sewer lines and pipes for granted. They flush the toilets, use the sink, and don’t think twice about what the sewer line does for their building. However, when the water levels start to rise and sewage backs up into their office, the panic sets in. While it may seem to come out of nowhere, there are a few tell-tale signs of a clogged sewer pipe that indicate it’s time to call a plumber.
- There’s a gurgling noise in the toilet. If you notice a gurgling or bubbling noise coming from your toilet, the sewer line is probably clogged. Most building owners will notice this noise after using the drains in their breakroom.
- Drains won’t drain. Since the sewer line funnels black and gray water out of your building, a sewer pipe clog often leads to drain backups. If you notice that more than one drain in your office is draining the water slowly, the problem is likely related to a clogged sewer line.
- Water levels rise in the toilet. If the water level in your toilets seems higher than normal, the increase in water could be due to a clogged sewer line. An experienced plumber can tell if the problem is related to your toilet or if it’s a clog in the sewer pipe.
- Sewage is coming up out of the toilet bowl. When a line is clogged, sewage can come up through the toilet bowl. This is especially common in multi-unit office complexes who all share the same plumbing system. When one toilet is flushed, the waste water can’t go through the sewer line and comes up through the closest toilet. In some cases, sewage may come up through drains as well.
If you notice any of these signs, contact the plumbing experts at Katy Commercial Plumbing immediately. We have years of experience repairing commercial plumbing problems and are ready to help when you need us.