Sewer Line Problems: 3 Signs You May Need To Call A Professional

Posted on: 3 April 2018

Your home's entire plumbing system is connected to the most important and largest plumbing component of all – the main sewer line. This component can take a huge beating between a number of environmental factors and the heavy (and sometimes improper) use of the various plumbing fixtures throughout the home. Over time, it makes sense that the sewer line may suffer a clog or even damage that could result in the need for repair or replacement. So, how do you know when yours needs this, and you need the help of a professional?

Warning Sign #1: Frequent Drain Backups

Are you dealing with backups in your drains on a regular basis? You may think nothing of it, but there could be a major problem somewhere. Drains should not continuously get clogged. While you could use over-the-counter drain cleaners, the truth of the matter is that these could actually cause more damage to your drains. So, if you are dealing with frequent drain backups, your best bet is to call in a professional because you may be dealing with a blockage or even a break in your sewer pipe.

Warning Sign #2: Multiple Clogged Fixtures

Does your shower drain and toilet keep clogging? In some cases, you can repair the clog by removing some excess hair that has gotten caught in the shower drain or too much toilet paper that was flushed down the toilet by your child. However, in other cases, the issues are simultaneous. You aren't sure whether the clog is due to an individual pipe issue or whether it is an issue with the sewer line. The one thing that you know for sure is that these clogs occur at the same time (or close to it), which is a cause for concern.

Warning Sign #3: Weird Reactions When Plumbing Fixtures Are in Use

Aside from drain backups and clogged drains, another issue that you may notice when there is a problem with your sewer line is unusual or unexpected reactions when you are using a plumbing fixture. For example, you may notice that water backs up in the shower or tub when you flush your toilet. Another example is bubbling water in the toilet. If this happens, turn on the faucet closest to the toilet and allow water to run for a minute or two. If the water rises or continues to bubble, then you need to call a professional immediately.

For more information, contact your local drain cleaning service.