Plumbing issue throughout house - gurgling coming from shower, bubbling in toilet, standing water in drain of shower

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Water Coming Up Through Bathtub Drain | Shower Drain Backing Up

Picture this: You’re enjoying a relaxing night at your home when you hear a sinister bubbling noise accompanied by an awful smell of raw sewage coming from the bathroom. You run to the bathroom and see a terrifying sight: dirty water rising up from your shower drain, threatening to overflow.

As a homeowner, one of the scariest plumbing issues you can experience is having dirty water come up from your shower drain — especially if it reeks of raw sewage and is about to overflow the bathtub. Learn why water is coming up out of your shower drain and what you should do about it, ahead in this blog.

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The Culprit: A Clogged Sewer Drain

If you’re experiencing the above scenario, it is a surefire sign of a sewer drain clog. A sewer drain clog is a serious issue and can even be considered a plumbing emergency in...

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Like most of us, we don’t think about our plumbing until we have a problem. Once a problem is identified then that is all we think about until the issue is resolved.

A fairly common problem can be a toilet gurgling or bubbling when your tub or shower is draining. We will identify the reason this is occurring and what can be done to fix the problem.

What Causes A Bubbling Toillet?

Florida Code Chapter 9 requires wet venting for drainage pipes. This is done to vent sewer gases to be expelled outside the home and to prevent pressure from building up in the pipes. When you have drains on the same vent pipe a blockage can occur. If this happens air may enter and exit from one fixture when another is in use causing your toilet to gurgle. This will also cause your other fixtures to drain slowly if a blockage is present in a wet vented configuration.

Fixing A Bubbling Toilet

Any clog that has occurred in your pipes should be fixed ASAP. Most clogs are...

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

How to Unclog a Sink and Prevent Clogs

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 faucet 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 Clogging

Don’t put anything foreign down the toilet except toilet paper. Items such as dental floss, Q-Tips, baby wipes, or any other...
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If you hear your drain making gurgling noises several moments after using the sink, shower, and in more extreme cases the toilet, then it may be a result of a blocked drain or vent pipe. Often times, the mixture of dirt and grease can build up in the drains and the plumbing. This buildup can cause the water to drain slowly. As a result, the air bubbles can not go through the pipes and get expelled at the nearest hole, resulting in a gurgling noise that is audible to the user. In a clean drain and line, water and air bubbles can easily flow together down a drain, with the air and water getting expelled in their appropriate spots. If there is a gurgling noise that is present for every drain in the house however, then it is evident that there is a larger blockage in the main pipe rather than a smaller pipe attached to the fitting drain.

One of the best ways to prevent this is to abstain from pouring anything down the drain that may cause a build up such as food, hair,...

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Flushing the toilet in your bathroom should in no way affect the other drains in the bathroom, including your shower, unless a problem exists in your house's plumbing. Gurgling means air does not move as it should through the drain pipes, which may lead to the entrance of sewer gasses into your home.

Everything Connected

Your toilet and shower have separate drains, but the drain pipes the two plumbing fixtures drain into eventually connect. The drain pipes in your house also connect to vent pipes, which run straight up and down. These pipes eventually go through the roof of your house, where they not only release the sewer gasses in the drain pipes but also introduce fresh air into the plumbing system. Every time you wash water down the drain, the water carries air with it, but the vent pipes introduce more air, keeping the drains flowing smoothly.

Rooftop Inspection

When you have drains gurgling in your house, you need to get onto the roof so you can...

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Signs of and solutions to a toilet venting problem

If you have air bubbles that rise up through your toilet bowl (except when it flushes) or notice the water level rising and falling, you probably have a clogged or improperly vented toilet. This is especially true when you have an appliance like a clothes washer nearby. Your drain line is gasping for air.

When you pour liquid from a can, you’ll notice that it doesn’t flow evenly unless you have a second opening for air. The same holds true for plumbing. As water goes down a drain, air is needed to equalize the pressure in the drain line.

This is the purpose of a venting system. If the drain lines in your home have poor venting (as in Figure A, for example), water rushing down the drains will pull water from nearby P-traps. The drain in the toilet bowl is basically a P-trap. If the problem just started, it’s probably a blocked drain or vent that needs to be “snaked” out. And since the water in the toilet is...

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Gurgling toilets or drains can indicate a problem with a home’s plumbing or septic system — but it can be difficult to determine what the problem is and who to call for help. Generally plumbers can inspect plumbing and and the sewer lines to the septic tank, but they can’t often inspect inside the tank or drainfield. Fortunately there are a couple things you can check to give you an idea of whether you need to call a plumber or a septic specialist.

Checking your septic system

If you find yourself in a situation where either a toilet or a drain is gurgling and suspect it may be your septic system, take these initial steps for troubleshooting:

Look at the ground where the septic tank and drainfield is located. The septic system should not be creating surface water or soggy grass; if there is water surfacing from the ground or if the grass is soggy, it is possible there may be a problem with the septic system. Try rule out any other...
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How old is the house? Is the main sewer line plastic, cast iron, or clay?

This year my main sewer line clogged 3 times. Each time a plumber snaked it, the clog was determined to be in the same spot in my front yard. It was about 3 months between the 1st and 2nd clog, and then only 2 weeks between the 2nd and 3rd clog.

I ended up replacing the sewer line when the plumber couldn't clear the 3rd clog. During the excavation, the culprit was determined to be a hole in the pipe. Luckily I had sewer line insurance and they picked up the $5K tab for the replacement and the cost of the 3 snake events.

My house is 82 years old and that seems to be the life expectancy of the buried utilities (my water line gave out last year).

Put your tax $ to work and check with your local sewer authority for assistance before spending big $ on a repair. In my area, the city will camera the sewer main under the street to see if the problem is theirs or...

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South Jersey Drain Cleaning Services

For fast and affordable drain cleaning service in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Atlantic County and Cape May County call the drain cleaning experts of Hess Plumbing & Drain Cleaning at (856) 889-000 or (609) 515 5150. No matter where the clog is located in your home or what the cause of the clog is, our skilled plumbers are fully trained and capable of unclogging any drain quickly and efficiently.

For three generations, Hess Plumbing & Drain Cleaning has helped Residents and Business Owners all over South Jersey with all of their Drain Cleaning needs. So do not hesitate, call Jack Hess Jr. at (856) 889-0500 or (609) 515-5150 for immediate service.

If you own a home or business in South Jersey, you are likely to have a clogged drain at some time or another. A clog can occur in the main sewer line or in one of the many secondary lines that come from your kitchen and bathroom. There are...

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Storm water floods a basement

Heavy rains frequently can cause a sewer backup, and sudden downpours do occur much more frequently than ever before. Many NYC sewers frequently back up during, and even after, heavy rainfalls. Property owners can be left with inches, or even many feet, of waste-water in their basements due to a public drain system being overburdened.

There are various reasons for this occurrence during and after a heavy rain. The reasons may include vacant land being developed, grassy areas being paved over, and changes in weather patterns, just to name a few. The problem is usually not the house sewer, and the remedy could be very low cost.

After a sewer backup from heavy rain, safety precautions must be taken to prevent serious injury

First of all, never enter into a condition when there is any chance of live electric current being present. Serious injury or death can result from wandering into water where electric current is...

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Water hammer is typically, except occasionally in very straight long ranch or mission houses with very long pipe runs that allow the pressure wave to travel back and forth many times without dissipation, only a few thunks diminshingin intensity with each one and then gone in a few seconds, and tends to sound pretty much the same every time it happens. A significant number of taps or creaks spaced out fairly uniformly, then gradually tapering away (and generally becoming further apart and less loud but can be as many as 10-20 taps and for as long as several minutes typically, definitely sounds like pipe creaking. Also, waterhammer tends to recur all or most of the time under the same conditions - like every time dishwasher or washing machine starts to fill, for instance (probably the most common source) - whereas pipe creaking comes and goes as temperature and humidity changes, especially with homes with exposed piping in a crawlspace so they see significantly differing ambient...

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