Serving Charlotte, Huntersville, Concord and Surrounding Areas

11 October 2018

Toilet Overflows

Why does it overflow when it is not clogged or being used?

Toilet Overflows

Underground roots need water to flourish and survive. They will seek out sources for the moisture, and that leads them to your sewer pipes. They will actually grow underground toward your pipes. The smallest crack or joint where the glue has dried out allows those roots to penetrate your sewer line and slowly take over. Left undisturbed, these tree roots will continue to grow inside your pipes decreasing the diameter of the pipe that everything from your home exits through every time you flush a toilet, take a shower, brush your teeth, run the dishwasher or laundry. Over time they grab toilet paper, and other debris traveling through your drains. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll notice several symptoms caused by this severe blockage.

Listen for Gurgling in Your Bathroom and Pay Attention to Slow Flowing Drains. Your toilet or tub/shower closest to the main sewer drain that all your drains in your home eventually tie into that leads to the city sewer or septic tank will show the first signs. It is typically a ½ bath on the first floor closest to the front of the home. The first warning – it’s a gurgling sound that signals slow drainage when water is being used anywhere in the home. This phenomenon is especially prominent in older homes.

Blocked and Collapsed Pipes
If water drains slowly or rises higher than usual OR the toilet water level drops lower than usual, you have a significant issue that could involve blocked and/or collapsed pipes. Often, these symptoms will be accompanied by unpleasant odors but not always. Also take note if you are having to flush the toilet more times than usual before all the waste is gone. This is where it’s smart to be more cautious and diagnose the issue. Left unaddressed this issue can be one of the most expensive to repair, especially if you do not catch it until serious damage occurs. Why is this?
This is because the typical homeowner doesn’t realize what has been lurking underground outside wreaking havoc until after they have done laundry or run the dishwasher, or worse yet both, and later on heads into that bathroom to find that everything in the sewer pipe outside has come back in and overflowed out of the toilet all over the floor or fill up the tub with toilet paper and brown sewage that all needs to be cleaned up and addressed as an emergency.

DrainVision to the Rescue: Send in Our Remote Camera to Take a Look
All this can be prevented with the Three-Way Plumbing’s DrainVision camera. It’s insurance against expensive and costly repairs down the road as well as a big mess. Since our technician actually "sees" what the problem is and where it is located, we can pinpoint just the spot where the culprit is, and we need to make the repair. This prevents us from having to dig up your yard, driveway, or foundation except at just the spot where the problem lies. That's the power of DrainVision! From there, our expert technicians will determine the issue and provide you with all of your options in writing before making any repairs. DrainVision will also allow us to pinpoint the culprit to use our machines to go in and grind up those roots to buy you additional time before a repair is needed to be made for a permanent fix! We even offer no interest financing.

Are you ready to see if you have a problem brewing before it is too late? Give Three Way Plumbing Services a call today to schedule a time that is convenient for you at 704-535-4795! Want to learn more, then Click Here.


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