It can be confusing when a floor drain backs up. Many people assume the problem is in the floor drain. However, most floor drain backups are a sign of a deeper plumbing problem. This article will help you understand the cause of floor drain backups and how to fix them.
How clogged drain lines affect floor drains
A clog in the drain line can lead to a backup in your floor drainage system. Your floor drain is the lowest drain in your house. If the wastewater is not draining properly, it can overflow into your home. If there is standing water around your basement floor drain, you may have a blocked drain line. A drain clog may cause backups and overflows even if your basement drain is not present in your home. These homes will experience a backup in the plumbing fixtures below the ground floor such as the kitchen sinks, ground-floor tubs and showers.
How Sewer Line Blockages Affect Floor Drains
A clog that is deeper than the drain line can cause backups into your home. Sewer line clogs can be similar to drain line obstructions. They block the pipes and stop the wastewater from flowing. The wastewater overflows into the drain because there is nowhere for it to go. The easiest entry point into your home, as mentioned above, is the lowest drain. This could be a basement drain or a lower plumbing fixture drain.
Sewer Line Damage Could Cause a Floor Drain Backup
Sometimes a clog can be disconnected from a floor drain backup. There are three possible ways that a sewer line could be damaged:The sewer line has been displaced by tree root growth or buried under the yard.The sewer line is becoming obstructed, it’s sagging, or has collapsed as a result of ground movement or construction work.There are cracks in the sewer line, or holes. Material has also entered the pipe, creating a blockage.
Each of these cases could result in the sewer line becoming blocked. This blockage, in all aspects, will look very similar to a clog. The blockage will cause the wastewater to meet it and it will then be forced back into your floor drain. With the right equipment, a drain line clog is easy to clear. However, if the sewer line is damaged, it is more difficult and more costly to repair.
What can you do about floor drain backups?
There are many things that can cause a floor drain to backup, as we have seen. It is important to identify the cause of a floor drain backup before you attempt to repair it. This job is not for DIY-ers with little plumbing knowledge. Using the wrong tools and not having experience with sewer and drain line problems can lead to more damage. For expert advice and help with these kinds of plumbing issues, it’s better to call a certified plumber in your area.
A professional plumber will inspect a basement floor and look for a lower-level drain backup. They will then perform three diagnostic tasks to determine the cause of the problem.Asking questions: Your plumber will ask questions such as how long the problem has been going on. Is the floor drain blocked before? Does the backup cause a foul-smelling odor? Do you notice any changes in your plumbing fixtures? These questions will assist the plumber in determining if there is a problem with your drain or sewer line.Camera line inspection: A fiber optic camera system can be fed into your pipes by the plumber to take a look inside. This inspection is a great way for the plumber to identify any cracks or breaks in your sewer line.Test plumbing fixtures: A plumber can turn on and off different plumbing fixtures to get useful information about how your home’s plumbing system works. The flow of water through pipes, drains, and sewer lines can give valuable clues about the source of backup.
The plumber will be able to identify the source of the problem after the diagnostic. The plumber will then be able to recommend the best repair. There are three options.Drain clearing and cleaning services to clear clogs.Sewer line repairs to repair a damaged or sagging section of a compromised sewer line.A sewer line replacement.
How can you prevent a floor drain backup?
It’s a smart idea to look at how the problem can be avoided in the future, once the problem has been fixed. Preventive measures are often cheaper than treating the problem. Regular drain cleaning is the best way to ensure your drains and sewer lines are clear and ready to use. A regular cleaning will get rid of any accumulations that can build up and eventually block your drain line. It will prevent any potential backups from happening in your home and will also save you money over the long-term. Your chances of needing emergency plumbing repairs are reduced and your drain line will be in excellent condition.