Unfortunately, sometimes your sewer line can become clogged, leading to a multitude of issues with your plumbing system and drainage. The key to minimizing damage is catching the clog early. Understanding how your main sewer line works can help you identify the signs of a clog. Here is what you need to know about clogs in your main sewer line.
How Does Your Sewer Line Work?
Indoor plumbing is a modern marvel of science and technology. For much of human history, we had to go find water and bring it inside our homes by hand. Now we turn a handle and fresh, clean water is flowing into our sinks, tubs, and toilets. Of course, eventually, that water needs to be evacuated from our buildings. It first exits through drains, entering pipes that flow into the main sewer line. This pipe is typically 3-4 inches in diameter and runs either to your septic system or the street where it joins with the city's sewer system.
If there is a problem with your main sewer line, it can cause significant damage to your home's plumbing and can pose health concerns. It is vital for property owners to pay close attention to the signs of a main sewer line clog.
Six Signs You Have a Main Sewer Line Clog
Here are six important signs of main sewer line clogs for which to pay attention:
- Foul Odors: Many times, sewer line clogs can be identified by the foul odors they cause. Any time you catch a whiff of raw sewage, you should consider it a warning that your main sewer line may be clogged.
- Toilets Perpetually Clogged: Do you find yourself plunging toilets frequently to no avail? Toilets have the most direct connection to your main sewer line. If your toilets drain slowly, or they seem to never quite get full after flushing, it is likely indicative of a main sewer line clog.
- Strange Plumbing Behavior: Does your toilet gurgle when you turn on the bathroom or kitchen sink? Does your toilet overflow while the washing machine is draining? Do not dismiss these signs as simply something strange. Your house may be trying to tell you about a critical clog in your sewer line.
- Multiple Systems Draining Slowly: You may find yourself plunging toilets and shower drains often. You have drain snakes and can never seem to get the water to drain in the way you would expect. If several or all of your drains are draining too slowly, it is a sure sign of a problem with your main sewer line.
- Water Around Floor Drains: Water failing to exit through floor drains almost certainly indicates you have a clog in your main sewer line.
- Sewer Line Cleanout Waterflow: The sewer line cleanout is an upright pipe covered in your yard. Plumbers can use these to tell whether there is a clog in your main sewer line. If water is flowing from the pipe, it means there is an obstruction down the line. At this point, a professional will be able to determine the right course of action to get your line unclogged.
Who To Call About Sewer Line Clogs?
Sewer line clogs are frequently caused by grease from kitchen sinks, large or non-degradable items flushed from toilets, or tree roots growing into the main sewer lines. Regardless of the cause, a clogged sewer line constitutes a plumbing emergency. Without proper drainage, raw sewage can begin backing up into your home, causing extensive damage to your plumbing and creating a health crisis. It is vital you contact an expert plumber as soon as you identify the first sign of a main sewer line clog. If it is just an obstruction within the line, a professional can often snake it and free the clog. If a tree root has penetrated it, the plumber may have to replace the line altogether. Regardless, it is vital to contact a professional, licensed plumber to help determine what can and must be done to keep sewage from backing up into your home.
In the many decades we have been here, the team at Action Service Company, LLC. has helped many Statesville and Iredell County homeowners unclog and repair their main sewer lines. If you suspect you have a sewer line issue, we have the experience and expertise to help you. Contact us right away at the first sign of a sewer line clog.