4 Warning Signs of Sewer Line Problems

We all experience the occasional clogged drain or toilet.  Usually this is just a localized problem or an isolated incident that can be easily remedied.  But if you experience multiple issues, it could be caused by a sewer line problem which can cause serious damage to your house if it’s not addressed.  Here are some warning signs to look out for:

1. Clogged toilet
Clogged toilets are an everyday occurrence and typically not something to be alarmed about. However, a toilet that is not flushing properly accompanied by gurgling in the bathtub or shower drain when you flush is a warning sign you may have a larger issue that needs to be addressed. Having your main sewer line inspected with a camera by a professional is a low cost way to diagnose any larger issues before they back up and damage your home.

2. Multiple clogged drains
A slow drain isn’t uncommon in an older home. However if you have multiple drains that are slow your sewer lateral is trying to tell you it has a blockage. When you flush your toilet, take a shower, run your dishwasher or washing machine the gallons of water can not exit the home and will back up into your bathtub or sinks. Calling for emergency service is recommended as soon as possible.

3. Overflows into multiple fixtures
When water enters your sewer system it is seeking the lowest point running through the secondary drain lines into the main sewer line.  Because of this the water fixtures in the basement or lower floors of the home will usually be the first ones to overflow or back up even when not in use. If this happens a trained plumber can use a sewer camera to diagnose the problem and offer a solution before it becomes a destructive overflow.

4. Drainage around your sewer cleanout
Most homes in the midwest have either a sewer clean out or a visible drain in the yard or basement. We recommend locating your sewer clean out and open drain before you have a plumbing problem. Once you have located these checking them twice a year for backups or signs of overflow can save you thousands in repairs ahead of time.


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