A sewer main clog is the messiest clog of them all. If you suspect that you have one of these, stop using your plumbing fixtures until it has been resolved, because your home’s water will have nowhere to go after it has been flushed down the drains. That means that it will flow where it shouldn’t and cause costly damage to your property. Raw sewage can back up into your home, causing pollution at worst, and development of mildew or mold. For the sake of your family’s health, get hold of Ridgeway Mechanical right away.
Signs of a Sewer Main Line Clog
The signs of a sewer main line clog are pretty easy to spot (or to smell!):
Bad smells coming from your drains
Signs of a Sewer Main Line Clog A sewer main line clog will almost always result in a bad smell coming from your drains. Hard to miss, the smell of raw sewage from your drains is definitely not normal for a healthy plumbing system, so it should not be ignored. Instead, ignore the advice of putting chemical drain cleaners down the drains, as it will not help. In fact, it will only make it worse.
Backups, bubbles and overflows
Signs of a Sewer Main Line Clog Clogged main drain lines cause wastewater to have nowhere to go, so it will back up into your home. The results?
- Water backing up into the shower or bathtub drain when you flush the toilet.
- Rising water levels in the toilet if you run the sink for a minute.
- Overflowing toilet or water backing up into the toilet when the washing machine drains.
More than one clogged fixture
A single clog is no big issue, but as we said, a main drain line clog is a plumbing emergency. A sure sign of a main line clog is multiple clogged or slow draining fixtures. If you notice that both your toilet and bathtub drain slowly, you need to investigate it further.
Clearing Main Sewer Line Clogs
Signs of a Sewer Main Line Clog An auger, better known as a drain snake is one way in which you can clear a main sewer line clog. However, if the clog is too deep in the line, or if it is stubborn, you need the help of a professional plumber. The key to avoiding property damage is to get the clog cleared as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your toilet overflows, or until there is raw sewage in your shower or on your basement floor. One heavy rainfall can quickly exacerbate the problem, leading to serious health hazards and costly repairs. Here at Ridgeway Plumbing Atlanta, we use modern equipment that help us locate sewer line clogs and to clear away the most stubborn blockages in no time. Depending on the type of clog, we will advise on the best method to clear it and to make sure your main sewer line stays clear for longer by applying high pressure water jets. Hydro jetting clears any buildup on the inside walls of your sewer lines, allowing water to flow freely. If you suspect that you have a sewer main line clog, get in touch with Ridgeway Mechanical right away.