Clogged sewer lines can be messy and a big headache for any homeowner.
Your main sewer line is responsible for draining all wastewater that goes down your drains. If it clogs, you could pretty quickly find yourself in a messy situation!
Our drain and sewer experts have been dealing with clogged sewer lines for many years now. There’s nothing they haven’t seen.
Here is what you need to know about what to do if your sewer line clogs. Additionally, we’ll show you how to prevent future clogs.
How to Tell if Your Sewer Line Clogged?
A clogged sewer line can impact your whole home, and even in some cases, raw sewage can come back through your drains! No one wants any of this. It’s vital to act fast and call an experienced sewer specialist like your friends at Dream Team.
Here are some signs your main line is clogged:
- Gurgling sounds coming from the toilet
- Multiple slow-running drains in your home
- Water coming out of your shower when using the washing machine
- Foul odors coming from your drains
- Sewage coming back up through drains
What to do When Your Sewer Line is Clogged
The first thing you want to do is release the pressure. Start by turning off your water at the main supply.
Next, you would want to survey your yard for your sewer cleanout line. The cleanout is usually a short white pipe with a cap on it. Unscrew the cap off slowly to start releasing the pressure. After that, you’ll want to call an experienced sewer specialist, such as your experts at Dream Team. We’ll come out immediately to assess the situation.
Our sewer specialists then will mechanically clear the sewage from your main sewer drain. Our team will even provide an organic drain cleaning liquid which will help prevent future clogs.
Furthermore, you should consider getting your drains regularly cleaned and cleared. This will help prevent sewage backups from happening in the future.
Reasons Your Sewer Line Backs Up
In most cases, tree routes are the cause. Tree roots are attracted to the warmth and moisture of the sewage line. They creep through tiny cracks and feed on the nutrients they find in the line. This will cause them to grow and eventually block sewage from passing through.
Another cause can be flushing sanitary products like paper towels, female hygiene products, and facial tissues. Remember – not all toilet paper is created equal!
To be sure the toilet paper you bought will dissolve in the pipes, try this tip from our team. Leave a square of the paper in the toilet bowl for an hour. If it still hasn’t dissolved after an hour, think about what it’s doing in your sewer pipe!
How to Avoid Future Sewer Line Clogs
Your main sewer line is responsible for draining all wastewater from your home. If it clogs, you’ll know it. And you’ll need to react quickly to fix the problem.
Here are a few tips to avoid future clogs in your home’s sewer line:
- Don’t drain thick substances like food, cooking grease, tissues, and even paint.
- These all tend to cause or contribute to future blockages.
- Watch what you flush down the toilet.
- Don’t flush anything like facial tissue or paper towels. Go try the toilet paper test we talked about earlier.
- Get sewer drain cleaning service regularly.
- You can prevent problems by having our team clean your sewer drain regularly. We recommend having a sewer drain cleaning service at least once a year.
Schedule a Sewer Drain Cleaning
We’re committed to providing the best sewer drain cleaning in your area. Your sewer specialists will thoroughly clean your sewer drain to dislodge blockages and get rid of any buildup. You can rest assured your drains will work well for years to come.
Ready to schedule your next sewer drain cleaning appointment? Give us a call or schedule service online today!