As a homeowner, you probably know that sewer lines transport waste from your home to a main underground sewer line. But more than that, homeowners probably don’t think about their main sewer lines. The earlier you recognize the main sewer line is becoming blocked, the better. Catching a problem sooner can save you from costly repairs down the line. Here are some of the signs to look out for if your main sewer line is starting to clog:
Multiple Drains are Backed Up
The first clue that your main sewer drain is clogging is from the other drains that you use every day. You will want to check your toilet, your sinks, and your bathtub/showers. If one or more of those drains moves slow, makes a gurgling sound, or smells bad then you could have a main sewer line clog.
Drainage in Sewer Clean Out
A sewer clean out is the pipe that connects your home to the main sewer line and this will also give a plumber any direct access to clean out any blockages. In most New England homes, you will see a circular plastic or concrete lid labeled “Clean Out” and that’s the sewer clean out. If you see sewer water coming out of the pipe or if you open the pipe and see any water, then you probably have a main sewer line clog.
Sewage in Floor Drain
If your home has a main sewer line clog, then eventually that sewage will have nowhere to go and it will force itself to go out of a secondary drain. When this is the case, you will be able to see and smell sewage coming up from floor drains.
Water Backs up in Shower When Toilet Flushes
Another big sign that your main sewer line is clogged is when you have random water backups in fixtures that you aren’t using. For example, when you flush your toilet you notice a water back up in the shower or when you are running your washing machine, a sink/toilet will start to overflow.
Do you have a Main Sewer Clog?
If you think your home could have a main sewer clog, call the professionals at Elite Plumbing & Heating. We can help you before the problem becomes more costly or causes more damage to your home. We offer 24/7 emergency service & free quotes in the greater Boston area. For more information or to book an appointment, call us at (781) 438-2997 or contact us via our website.