The average homeowner probably knows that sewer lines help transport wastewater from the home to underground sewer mains. Beyond that, most homeowners give little thought to their sewer lines until they have some type of clog.
A sewer line clog could lead to a raw sewage backup coming out of the drains, which could lead to significant damage to the home and an expensive sewer line repair or replacement. Homeowners who understand and respond to their home’s early warning system can stave off severe sewer and plumbing issues. Here are some things you should pay attention to.
Clogged drain or toilet
The most common red flags are water backing up out of a drain or the toilet plumbing, or a gurgling sound coming from the drains.
Your house is basically going to talk to you. If you notice that when you’re done with the washing machine, the toilets start making a gurgling sound you need to call Pinnacle Plumbing to check for blockages or you’ll get water coming back up.
Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines.
Your house is basically set up like a tree, you have one main trunk line that runs out of the house and then you have all these small branches off of that. If the clog is in the mainline, that means any water you run in the house will cause problems. If it’s a secondary line, it’s just going to be isolated to that secondary problem.
If it’s just the bathroom sink, (for example), it will not go down or it will come back up into the bathtub, but you can flush the toilet and it works perfectly fine, but if it’s the mainline, anything you run will cause the toilet to percolate and come up into the bathtub.
Tree roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line, especially in an older home. In newer homes, common sources of clogging include feminine hygiene products, paper towels and even certain types of thicker toilet paper.
A lot of people have broken-down drains in the ground that have tree roots in them. That would be the No.1 reason why people have drain problems. They have older pipes that trees in their yard have actually crushed.
Slow flowing drains, and gurgling noises from your toilet bowls are the first signs that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots. If you don’t take some action to remove the roots, a complete sewer line block will occur.
Release the pressure
If you get a clog in your home and suspect that a blocked sewer drain is the cause, it’s important to shut off the water at the source or at the main if it’s a main line clog. Then Pinnacle Plumbing has Emergency Plumbers for you.