How Would You Diagnose That the Sewer Line Has Been Clogged?

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A clogged sewer line can be a horrible sight. Not only does it start to smell, but it can also cause a lot of costly damage if you don’t hire a sewer line repair service immediately. It can lead to contaminated water that will affect your entire family, and your life isn’t going to be very pleasant until you’ve performed the correct sewer repairs that will get rid of the clogged line. Some of the most common symptoms of a clogged drain include:

  • Egg (sulphurous) smells coming from drains.
  • Very slow drainage of water in your sink, bathtub, and other water fixtures
  • Toilets, sinks or showers that gurgle when water goes through the drain
  • Water in toilets and sinks rises very quickly

However, diagnosing a clogged sewer line can be difficult, so in this article, we’re going to explain a couple of signs that will lead you to notice if your main sewer line is actually clogged or not.

1. Sewer Cleanout Has Sewage Around It

Clean around sewage

When plumbers need to access your pipes to clear blockages, they’ll typically use what’s called a sewer cleanout pipe. These are pipes that are connected to your home’s sewer line and give them access in order to clear out any kind of blockages. These are usually located in your basement or outside your home and will sometimes be marked. If these areas smell or you notice sewage draining from them, then you may need a sewer cleaning service.

2. Backed-Up Drains That Require Sewer Cleaning

Backed-up drains

Water fixtures that have backed-up drains could indicate that you have a clogged sewer line. For instance, if one or more of these drains is gurgling, smells nasty, or blocks up water, then there’s a good chance that you may have a clogged sewer line, and it will need to be cleared out. These drain lines are made to carry water and other items out of your home system, so if multiple of them are affected, it could cause clogs in multiple different fixtures.

3. Water Backing up in Multiple Random Places When Using Fixtures

Diagnose sewerline

If you flush your toilet and notice that your bathtub drain is also getting backed-up water, then there could be a clog in the drain that exits your home. If there’s a clog there, then it could cause multiple fixtures to cause backed-up water when using them at the same time. Multiple secondary sewer lines (the ones used by fixtures) are connected to the main sewer line, so if one or more of your fixtures are showing symptoms of backed-up water, there’s a good chance the main sewer line is clogged.

4. You Can Smell the Sewage

Sewage smell

When sewage and waste are blocked up and sitting in your pipes, it has nowhere to go, and you’ll be able to smell or even see them gushing out of secondary pipes. There will be a very unpleasant smell coming from certain drains in your home, so if you’ve caught a whiff and there’s something nasty in the air, there’s a good chance you’ll need your sewer cleaned out.

Dealing with a clogged sewer line is never pleasant, but that’s why plumbers are around. If you’re tired of the smell or want your sewer lines to stop clogging, then it’s worth contacting a plumber to get the issue fixed as soon as possible.

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