Why Is Water Backing Up Out of the Shower Drain?

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The last thing you want to see when you’re ready to shower and get clean is dirty water backing up from the drain – gross. It’s pretty much always the result of a blockage somewhere in your water lines. If any water appliances on your property are clogged, water might redirect to your shower.  

The good news is once you find the offender in your home and get your drains cleaned, the problem is easily resolved. We share the details of what could be causing a water backup and what you can do about it.  

Is It a Clogged Main Sewer Line? 

Some clogs are easy enough to DIY with gloves and a good plunging technique. But sometimes, they’ll continue returning as if they have it out for you. Regular clogs may eventually lead to a backup of your main sewer line.  

Without proper maintenance, your sewer line, which connects with the entire plumbing system of your home, can become obstructed. In this case, only a professional, licensed plumber can resolve the problem.  

A specialist, such as our guys at Maston’s Plumbing and Drain, can locate the clog with our leak detection technologies and use techniques to clear the issue with as little destruction to your property as possible. 

Common Causes of a Sewer Line Blockage  

When addressing your sewer line blockage, consider the following potential causes: 

  • Sewer pipes that are sagging, fractured, or broken from incorrect installation or wear and tear 
  • Tree roots that have grown around the pipes and created obstructions 
  • Poor bathroom habits such as flushing baby wipes, diapers feminine products, paper towels, or napkins 
  • Pouring grease, fats, or oils down the drain  

Even too much toilet paper down the drain can cause blockages, y’all. If this is your issue, investigate purchasing thinner, easily degradable toilet paper. 

What Happens If You Ignore the Problem? 

If your pipes keep getting clogged and your drains keep backing up over and over again, there’s a high likelihood that a much bigger problem is ominously forming in the background… Major blockages are often the result of buildup from: 

  • Soap residue 
  • Lipids 
  • Hair 
  • Other organic material  

A professional can remove these clogs with special instruments, but the sooner you take care of the issue, the better. Don’t let it become a catastrophic problem! Major obstructions may indicate a serious issue that could require some digging… literally.  

Pro tip: Never put these items down your drains.

Should You Schedule Regular Drain Cleaning? 

Like any other equipment on your property, your sewer pipes need regular TLC to continue working efficiently without any problems. Most homeowners don’t think about their sewage system until it blows up in their faces. Don’t let it get to that point by taking preventative measures with Maston’s Plumbing and Drain. 

We recommend hiring a professional plumber to inspect and clean your drains once a year. The cost of regular maintenance beats the cost of a major malfunction, any day.  

Related Troubles > What to Expect from a Sewer Line Repair 

Don’t Get Backed Up – Call Maston’s  

If your drains just won’t stop getting backed up with water and you’re pulling out the plunger multiple times a week, it’s time to call a plumber… seriously.  

Our reliable pros at Maston’s Plumbing and Drain will get there faster than you can flush to examine the components of your system and provide a diagnosis and solution. Call before it’s too late and the only option is to tear up your yard – yikes!  

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