6 Signs That Your Sewer Line Is Clogged (And What To Do About It)

We can all imagine the consequences of a clogged sewer line — where is all that sewer water going? Puddled up in your yard. Causing bad odors. Toilets overflowing. Yuck. Nobody wants that. So here are the six signs that your sewer line is clogged — and what to do about it! If these tips don’t work for you, we can always bring out our jetter to get that drain cleared. 

What Causes A Main Sewer Line To Clog?

We spend a lot of time with our high-tech cameras inspecting sewer lines.  The most common causes of a sewer line blockage includes tree roots, grease, household objects, corrosion, and pipes that have just gotten old. 

It is important to note that regular maintenance, such as running hot water down the drains to flush out debris, using drain screens, and not disposing of non-biodegradable materials in the toilet can help prevent clogs from happening.

Signs That Your Sewer Line Is Clogged 

If you think your sewer lines might be clogged, here are some things to check for:

  • Slow drains: Water is not draining properly from your sinks, toilets, or shower=
  • Gurgling sounds: Gurgling sounds coming from your drains, it may be a sign that air is trapped in the pipes due to a blockage in the sewer line.
  • Overflowing toilets: Toilets that are overflowing or flushing poorly
  • Bad odors: A strong sewer smell coming from your drains or in the basement
  • Multiple clogs happening at the same time: Clogged drains in multiple areas of your home like kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room
  • Backed up Sewer: Water or sewage backing up into your home or yard

It’s important to address these issues as soon as possible, as a clogged sewer line can lead to serious damage to your home and can create a health hazard. It’s best to call a professional plumber to diagnose and fix the problem.

How Do I Unclog My Main Sewer Line?

There are a few things you can try on your own to clear up your sewer line, including using a plunger or drain snake, pouring boiling water through the drain, or using a natural drain cleaner like baking soda and vinegar. 

It’s important to note that these methods may not work for all clogs, and if the clog is severe, or if the pipe is damaged, you should contact a professional plumber to avoid causing any further damage or creating a health hazard.

How Do Plumbers Clean Out A Clogged Sewer Line?

First, we do a proper inspection of your sewer to identify the best and most cost effective method. We may use a snake for a simple job or a jetter for a harder clog. In each case, we ensure that the clog is cleared without causing any damage to your sewer lines. That is why it is important to work with a professional plumber on a job like this.

Is your sewer line clogged? Give us a call at 480-388-6093 to get a free estimate.