Everyone has had a drain clog up on them. It’s frustrating, and occasionally a pain to fix, but at least it’s a pretty obvious problem. Either your drain is, well, draining or it isn’t. Not all plumbing problems are that straightforward, though. There are plenty of issues that don’t come across as being that serious, but actually are. For that reason, it’s a good idea to know when to call a plumber. The following are two of the biggest indicators that you’ve got a sewer problem.

Bad Smells

Sewers don’t smell pleasant, as everyone knows. Your house’s plumbing connects to the sewer system, so why is your house not flooded with horrible smells? Because the system is designed to actually vent sewer gases that come up through it out of the house, usually through a pipe on the roof. If that venting system malfunctions, however, you could end up having sewer gases coming up through your drains. If there are horrible smells coming out of your drains, don’t dismiss them as a minor issue. It could indicate a much larger problem. Have your drains checked by a professional to make sure the system is working properly.


Backflow occurs when a sudden pressure change causes water (or some other fluid) to flow backwards through the system and up through your drain. Usually, backflow involves sewer water coming back up through the drains in your home. Most homes are equipped with backflow prevention devices to protect against this issue, but it the problem does still occur occasionally. If you find water, or anything else, coming back up through your drain, you need to have your drain checked.

Sewer problems are not to be taken lightly, and the faster you respond to them, the better. If you suspect that you have a sewer problem, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We provide plumbing services throughout Geithersburg, MD.