Finding Plumbing Issues Early

3 Signs You Have A Sewer Line Clog

by Chris Bowman

Are your plumbing appliances acting strangely? Are your toilets refusing to flush or is there a bubbling sound coming from the drain after you finish your shower? If so, you may have a sewer line clog. A sewer line clog is a backup that happens in the main line that drains water and waste from your home to the nearest municipal line. Sewer clogs are usually so deep that they're difficult to remove with traditional clog solutions, such as hot water or drain removal fluids. Here are a few signs that you have a clog in your main sewer line, as opposed to just a single line for a plumbing appliance:

Sewage odor in multiple rooms. An early sign that you may have a clog or at least that a clog is forming, is the appearance of a sewage odor in multiple rooms in your home. The blockage is preventing waste from flowing to the nearest municipal drainage line, and that waste is developing a foul odor. As the waste accumulates the odor rises up your plumbing lines and comes out your appliances, such as your toilet or your sink drains.

The key that it's in your sewer line is that the smell appears in multiple locations. If the clog were just in a single line, such as in a toilet drainage line, you would likely only smell the odor in that location. However, because it is in the main drainage line, the odor could arise out of any location in your home that has a drain.

Strange reactions in different appliances. Another sign of a sewage line clog is when you have a backup or reaction in one plumbing device after using a different one. For example, you may use the sink and see bubbling or gurgling in your toilet. Or you might run the washing machine only to find backflow coming out of your sink drain. This happens because water is flowing out your sewage line only to hit the clog. It then flows back up the nearest available pipe, so it could come back up through a device other than the one where it originated. This is usually a surefire sign that you have a sewage line clog..

Overflow at the clean-out. The easiest way to confirm that you have a sewage line clog is to check the sewer clean-out. You can find the clean-out by locating a white cap in your yard. Unscrew the cap and remove it to look inside the line. If there is water or waste at or near the top of the opening, you have a clog in your sewer line.

The good news is that most plumbers can use clearing tools to remove sewer line clogs. Contact a plumber in your area for more information. They can help you identify the problem and they can recommend a solution. Contact a business, such as Walt's Plumbing, for more information.