A clogged sewer can become a big problem really fast! Because the clog blocks the pipe where all of the waste from your home flows into the main city sewer line, none of that nasty water will have a place to go. It may sit in the line or even flow backward into your home.
You can avoid this problem by catching your clog before it becomes such a huge problem. Look for these signs, call us when you see them, and we may be able to clean your sewer drain before you sustain any damage to your home.
1. Your water drains slowly. If all of your drains seem to be running slow and nothing you do helps the problem, chances are good that you need to have your sewer line cleaned out. One slow drain usually doesn’t indicate a sewer problem, but more than one means it’s time to call the plumber.
2. You have multiple clogs. Similarly, if you have several places where your water doesn’t seem to be moving at all, call us as soon as possible. This often means that the clog lies deep in your sewer system, down in the sewer where all of the water eventually flows.
3. You smell sewage. When your sewer system is working well, it not only keeps waste out of your home but sewer smells, too. If you start smelling something nasty and it seems to be coming from everywhere at once, call a plumber soon before there’s more than just smells coming back into your house.
4. Your plumbing seems to be working oddly. Sewer clogs can cause various plumbing fixtures in your home to appear to have odd connections. Water may flow into your tub or shower when you flush the toilet. Running the washing machine may make a toilet overflow. If you notice any unusual interactions between your plumbing fixtures, call a plumber ASAP.
5. You see or hear bubbles. If you wash your hands and the toilet bubbles, or you notice any other bubbles in the system that you don’t expect to see, you may have a sewer clog. The bubbles indicate unnecessary air in your line, and this often results from a clogged sewer drain.
6. Your cleanout drain is blocked. These drains are installed in modern sewer systems. They may be in your basement or your yard. Check yours for sewage buildup or water dribbling out, as these both indicate a clog farther down the line.
7. Your yard is wet or lush in a few spots. If you notice extra water in your yard or that your vegetation is growing particularly well in a few places, it’s time to get your sewer line checked out. It may be leaking waste and wastewater into your yard, which can happen when you have a clog.
We will locate the clog using our sewer line camera and make every effort to clean out your sewer line and make necessary repairs without digging up your yard. Trenchless sewer repair technology allows us to perform many operations without digging at all, so you won’t have to replace grass, concrete, and more. If this is an option for you, we’ll make sure you know.
Contact us at Rosenthal Plumbing as soon as you think you might need your sewer drain cleaned. We’ll send out an expert, assess the problem, and get it fixed for you fast!