Finding Plumbing Issues Early

4 Signs Your Sewer Main Drain Needs Service

by Chris Bowman

If you live in a single family home that receives city or municipal sewer service, your home has a pipe called a sewer main drain connecting your home to the sewer system. Keeping this pipe in good condition is essential because a blocked sewer main drain can cause significant plumbing problems and result in sewage backing up into your home. If you notice the following symptoms of a sewer main drain blockage, call a plumber as soon as possible for service.

Problems with Multiple Drains

A clogged sink or a clogged shower drain can be dealt with on an individual basis. But if you notice that the sinks, toilets, and showers in your home all have problems draining or make gurgling sounds during the draining process, there is a good chance that there is some kind of blockage or clog in your home's sewer main drain line.

Water Backing Up

When your home's sewer main drain is blocked, it is not uncommon for water to back up unexpectedly. When you use your home's washing machine, you may notice that water backs up through the shower drains in your home. It is also possible for water to rise up in your shower drains when you flush the toilet or run the toilet sink because the water is not able to properly flow to the sewer.

Problems Flushing

Problems flushing the toilet are often one of the earliest signs of a sewer main drain problem. If you have been flushing paper towels, baby wipes, or feminine hygiene products, there is a good chance that a blockage may have formed in your sewer main drain. If you have to flush your toilet several times to get all of the waste removed from the toilet bowl, it is in your best interest to contact a plumber as soon as possible for service.

Bad Smells

Sewage waste has a distinct smell, and it is not something that you want to smell inside your house. If you begin to smell foul odors around multiple drains, such as your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and toilets, waste in your sewer main drain may be blocked and unable to flow into the municipal sewer system. Do not ignore bad odors in your home—if the problem is not taken care of, you may eventually have to deal with sewage coming up through your drains and toilet, which can be messy and disgusting to clean up.

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