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Warning Signs of Main Sewer Blockage

Warning Signs of Main Sewer Blockage SR - Warning Signs of Main Sewer Blockage
  • April 24, 2020

The sewer line plays a main role in your home’s plumbing. Any issues with this line can cause some serious problems that can be difficult and frustrating when trying to face them on your own. Repairing and replacing pipes can be costly. An effective way to save yourself the stress and money is by identifying the issue early on. If you can anticipate the problem, finding a solution should be quite simple. But how can you know when an issue arises such as a main sewer blockage? What are the warning signs? Here are a few of the most common warning signs of a main sewer blockage:

1.Slow Drains
If you notice that your sinks, toilets or bathtubs are draining slower than usual, this can be an indication
of a possible problem in your sewer line. The sewer isn’t always blocked when this happens, but there is a possibility. Avoid any home remedies that may include pouring soda or other liquids down the drain. A better option would be to hire an expert plumbing service that will clean the drains. If the main sewer is blocked, a professional plumbing company like Green’s Plumbing will send an experienced plumber who will bring the right tools for the job.

2.Toilet Gets Clogged Often
Does your toilet get clogged frequently? Are you tired of having to use a plunger each time? This may seem like an insignificant problem, but your main sewer might be blocked and could potentially cause new and bigger problems to arise. Two lines control the flow of water, one brings water to your house and the other takes the contaminated water away. If the mainline is blocked, there is a high probability that the toilet and kitchen drains would often clog as well.

3.Multiple Fixtures are Clogged
This other sign of a main sewer line blockage is often upsetting to homeowners. Imagine turning on the sink and the toilet begins to make noises and starts gurgling or you flush the toilet and water backs up into the shower. These problems indicate that the water is not able to drain from your house due to the blockage and is being forced back up causing another fixture/appliance to be affected. More importantly, water backing up from a toilet or drains could lead to raw sewage coming out of your drains and into your home.

4.Drainage Around the Sewer Clean Out
Many homeowners are unaware that they have a sewer cleanout, typically a short, round, white pipe with a rubber cap located in the yard near the house. This pipe helps plumbers clear out any blockage in the pipe. Any drainage around this pipe is a major warning sign that the main sewer is blocked. It also allows a release of pressure build up and sends the dirty water outside instead of into your home.

Summing It Up
A sewer line clog might be unseen, but it can cause extensive damage inside your home. To avoid these inconvenient circumstances, you should call a plumber immediately when you spot any of the warning signs mentioned above. These signs are commonly found and if you can identify them, you can save yourself from some expensive future repairs. Make sure you hire professionals who can help you identify the root of the problem immediately!

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