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How Do I Know if My Sewer Line is Clogged

Are you having more clogs than usual lately? Strange noises coming from plumbing fixtures? Today, we’re going to discuss the signs that your sewer line is clogged.

1. Multiple clogs in your plumbing fixtures:

Now, I’m not talking about the occasional toilet or drain clog. This type of clogging is among multiple toilets or drains at the same time.

2. Strange noises coming from your plumbing fixtures:

Gurgling noises are a common sign of clogged sewer lines. These unusual sounds are caused by the movement of wastewater past the clog. As this happens, air pockets around the clog will release bubbles that float to the surface of the water in your plumbing fixtures. This gurgling sound caused by air bubbles will typically be more noticeable as you use more water.

3. Unusual responses when using your plumbing fixtures:

This can include odd sounds, foul odors, and backups in one (or more) plumbing fixture(s) when you’re using others. This happens because wastewater has no place to go, it ends up being forced back into your drain lines.

4. Foul odors coming from your drains:

If you notice sewage-like smells coming from your drains, your wastewater is likely not draining properly due to a clog.

5. Backups in the lowest drains in your home:

Clogs will be ground zero for backups. From there, backups will work their way up, impacting the lowest drains in homes first. If you start noticing problems with the lowest drains in your home, be on the lookout for these common signs of sewage backups: standing water, sewage and foul odors coming from drains, and mold problems.

6. Drainage in the sewer cleanout:

The sewer cleanout pipe, which is usually located outside or in basements, directly connects to your main sewer line. It provides access to the line to unclog it or inspect it further. Whenever sewage is coming out of a cleanout pipe, you have a main line sewer clog (or other sewer line problems).

If you notice one or more of these signs in your home, give us a call to schedule an appointment to have a technician take care of the problem for you!

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