How do I know if my sewer line is clogged?

How do I know if my sewer line is clogged?

As a homeowner, it is always good to know your plumbing system is working properly. Otherwise, your pockets and drain pipes may be doomed for destruction. As wastewater accumulates in the sewer drain pipe, it is known to eventually affect all other drains as well. Checking to see if there are any signs of a clogged main sewer line could be the first step towards saving you money in the long run and getting a repair ASAP.

Gurgling Sounds

A gurgling sound coming from one of the main drain sources is usually linked to the toilet or drain. This will occur once you have flushed the drain. Oftentimes, the water levels will coincide from one fixture to the next, causing the gurgling sound to exit through another fixture. Not being able to properly flush is also an indicator that the sewer line is clogged and needs immediate repair. 

Foul Smells 

Any water fixtures known as secondary lines that produce foul smells suggest your sewer line is also clogged. Sewer drains contain wastewater which in turn leads to contamination and build-up bacteria in your home’s pipes. The water will come up through the floor drains and retain the smell through a sink, bathtub or toilet drain. 

Clogged Fixtures

Having clogged fixtures is one of the most obvious and easiest ways to know your sewer line is clogged and needs repair. The sink, tub and toilet are where you will notice main drain blockages. It is important to note that one of the adding factors to common sewer line clogging comes from improper disposal of flushing feminine products and other similar products causing slow drainage. Homeowners should also look out for their washing machine when in use as the water drainage from the machine can cause the tub to backup. 

Stemming from Tree Roots

That tree in your backyard might just give it away when hinting it is time to service the sewer line. This is especially true when the tree roots overgrow into the older pipes. Though not visible on-site, you will quickly notice the effects inside your home with clogged fixtures. This will certainly cause a clog so it will require a professional plumber to inspect, dig, cut and clear out the roots underground. Older corroded pipe removal might also be necessary. 

Lawn Changes

Your city’s sewage system is connected to your front lawn. Make sure to look out for markings in your lawn that suggest there is a break in the sewer system. If you are having trouble or are confused about locating specific indentations in your lawn, contact a professional plumber to inspect and make repairs. 

If you experience frequent clogging or any of these problems in your home, call us today for a sewer inspection and repair at (504) 370-9462. Blair Plumbing Sewer and Drain Cleaning is a family-owned and full-service plumbing company with over 45 years of experience. We gladly serve the New Orleans Metropolitan area.