Common Signs That Your Home's Sewer Main Line Is Clogged

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Homes that are connected to a municipal sewer system have a number of pipes, but just one makes it possible for grey water and waste to exit the home and flow into the sewer system. Unfortunately, if a home's sewer main line is not properly maintained, it can result in disgusting sewage back-ups and expensive repair costs. Luckily, there are usually a number of signs that can let you know that your sewer main line is in trouble so you can contact a full service plumbing company for assistance. Some of the most common signs of a sewer main drain problem include:

Multiple Clogged Drains

A clogged drain is not uncommon-- a shower drain can become clogged by hair and a kitchen drain can be clogged by grease or food that a garbage disposal is not able to compound into very small pieces. But when you notice multiple clogged drains in your home, it is usually a sign of a bigger problem with your home's sewer main line. When you have multiple clogged drains, don't try to clear them on your own with drain cleaners-- it is in your best interest to call a plumber immediately to prevent further problems.

Problems Flushing Toilets

When a sewer main line has a clog, it is not uncommon for toilets to have issues. When you need to flush multiple times on a regular basis to dispose of waste, it may be because your sewer main line has an issue that needs to be addressed. If the water in a toilet bowl has bubbles after it is flushed, that is also a sign of a sewer main line problem.

Water Backing Up

When your home's sewer main line is in good repair, all grey water and waste should exit your home without problem. But when there is a clog is your sewer main, you may begin to notice that water water starts backing up into drains. For example, it your sewer main is clogged, you may see water back up into the shower or bathroom sink after you flush the toilet. This usually means that there is a blockage that is preventing waste from leaving your home and entering the sewer system.

Bad Smells

When waste gets trapped in a blocked sewer main line, it won't take long for you to smell it. Never ignore the small of sewage coming from any sinks, shower, or bathtubs. Smells of sewage typical indicate a major plumbing problem, and it should be taken care of promptly in order to prevent a back up of sewage coming up through drains into your home. 

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