The Cause Of Water Backing Up In Your Shower

plumber unclogging a shower drain


When it’s time to get clean, you usually hop in the shower or bath. The sight of a backed up shower drain full of dirty water can be quite a shock. A problem in the sewer line is usually the cause of backed up water in a shower, and it’s not something that can be easily fixed with a simple home remedy or a plunger. Bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks are all connected to the sewer line, which then feeds into the sewer system or a septic tank.

What Exactly Is A Sewer Line And What Is Its Purpose?

In your home’s plumbing system, the sewer line or sewer main is an important part. The sewer line carries dirty water from your home to either the city water authority or the septic system outside your home. A clog is generally what causes water to be backed up in the shower, and this dirty water should never be touched by human hands, unless you’re a trained individual with the proper equipment.

Plumbers have special professional training that lets them deal with the dirty water safely. They can clean the areas where the dirty water has gone, while limiting their own exposure to it and avoiding the chances of contaminating anything else. The risk of being exposed to pathogens and bacteria in the water can rise if you don’t have the right training to deal with it.

What Causes A Sewer Line Clog?

There are many things that can cause a sewer line clog. When there is an accumulation of grease in the kitchen sink, a clog can occur. Items being flushed down the toilet that won’t flow easily through the pipes can cause a line clog, and clogs can even be caused by the growth of tree roots into the sewer line. A skilled professional like a plumber can find out where the clog is coming from, come up with a good solution to fix it, and tell you how to keep clogs from happening again.

Call us if you need a plumber to clean your sewer line. We offer emergency service in Milwaukee and surrounding areas.