How to Tell if Your Main Sewer Line Is Clogged

Whether it’s a clogged toilet, sink or tub drain, the sooner you deal with it, the better. Your specific problem might even be solved after thoroughly cleaning or utilizing high pressure water jetting in Bethel, OH. For now, let’s take a look at the signs your main sewer line is clogged.

Multiple drains are backed up

Your home’s sewage system is one large hidden system. It’s got multiple drain lines coming off one main area, and when that area clogs, eventually all the attached drain lines will clog as well. Unfortunately, if water backs up into the main area and spreads to the attached drain lines, the wastewater has nowhere to go except back from where it came.

Be alert to the signs of multiple backed-up lines, including gurgling noises coming from the showers, sinks and bathtubs. This is happening because wastewater is hitting air pockets and forcing air bubbles to the surface of the water as it moves past the clog at a snail’s pace. A telltale sign of a multiple drain backup is the gurgling sound getting louder with the more water you use.

Water overflowing into other plumbing fixtures

When the main sewer line is clogged, you are likely to encounter a chain reaction of backups from other drains. To be more specific, a clog in the main sewer line is responsible for the draining trouble encountered by one or more of the many other connecting lines. If water has nowhere to drain to, it will eventually back up and start overflowing into other plumbing fixtures. For example, water or sewage may come up through the tub or shower drains when you flush a toilet or turn on the washing machine.

Strong sewage odor coming from plumbing fixtures

There’s no mistaking the smell of sewage. If you have not smelled it inside your home before, you’ve probably caught a whiff of it before in a city street setting. The odor is the same, but stronger since it is contained inside your home. And as the odor wafts throughout your house, the smell is bound to become extremely unpleasant and unbearable. Keep in mind that the likely cause of this foul-smelling situation is a clog in the main sewer line.

Water draining into sewer cleanout

If you are having a water drainage issue, it’s probably due to a clog in your main sewer line. Checking your home’s sewer cleanout can help validate your suspicion. So, where is this sewer cleanout located? Newer homes have a sewer cleanout that is marked by a circular lid labeled, “cleanout.” These lids are typically made of plastic or concrete. Find the cleanout, remove the lid and check for standing sewer water or water flowing out of the pipe. If you see either, call a sewage or septic professional, because your main sewer line is most likely clogged.

Depending on your sewage situation, Gullett Sanitation Services Inc. may recommend scheduling high pressure water jetting in Bethel, OH to remove a clog and get your sewer pipes opened up again. Call us for more information!

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