Here is a common situation in which the customer realizes that his Kitchen Sink water backs up into his bathtub. In this scenario, the kitchen sink and the bathtub share the same stackline. The kitchen sink could be on the same floor or the floor above the bathroom, as long as the kitchen sink and the bathtub share the same stackline, in an event of a back up, water will back up in the lower spot. If the kitchen sink and the bathtub are on the same floor, water will backup into the bathtub since the bathtub is lower than the kitchen sink. If, for example, the bathtub was on the second floor and the kitchen sink was on the first floor and they shared the same stackline and the stackline gets clogged closer to the first floor, the water in that situation would back up into the kitchen sink.
The thing is , in an ugly event of a pipe being clogged, the water always backs up into the lowest spot. Not every back up is due to sewer back up. In the examples above, there was no indication of the main sewer being the cause of the problem. Every drain in the house runs independently before connecting to another pipe or to the main sewer line. So, if you have a bathtub clogged on the top floor, it does not mean that you have to get your sewer snaked. Many customers are usually under the false impression that they have to get their sewer snaked first even if their bathtub on the top most floor is clogged. This false impression is given by the sewer or drain companies that come to give estimates to unclog a simple clog. The plumbers know that the customers are not too knowledgeable about their plumbing and pretty much tell anything to the customer. There have been numerous incidents where a customer had a clog in their bathtub but they asked our mechanic to snake the sewer line first because this is what their plumber had told them. We’ll there is nothing wrong with snaking the main sewer line, but, if you have a clog that cannot be fixed by snaking the main sewer line, you should get that clog taken care of first and then decide if you still want your sewer line snaked.
Do not fall prey to plumbers that will charge you a few hundred just to tell you that you have a clog. Make sure you check if the plumber is licensed. There are many handymen that portray themselves as plumbers but in reality are not. If you have any questions you can always email $49.95 Any Sewer or Drain and get free advice.
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