3 Signs Your Main Sewer Line is Clogged

Stoppage in your home’s main sewer line is the ultimate clog. All of your home’s water has nowhere to go when it goes down your drains, and it, alongside raw sewage, will come up through all of your interior drains, causing messy – and costly – damage to your home. If you think you have a main sewer line clog, you need to confirm it and get it cleared right away.

Here are 3 messy signs that you can look for to see if your main sewer line is clogged.

Multiple plumbing fixtures are clogged

Obviously a single clog isn’t anything to be worried about. But if multiple plumbing fixtures in your home are clogged or drain water slowly, then there’s a high possibility that you have a main line clog. So if your toilet and bathtub are draining slowly, you’ll want to investigate further.

Strange reactions when using plumbing fixtures

When your main drain line is clogged, water has nowhere to go but back up into your home. So you probably have a main line clog if you:

  • Flush the toilet and the water backs up into the bathtub or shower drains.

  • Run the sink closest to the toilet for a minute and the toilet bubbles or the water level in the toilet rises.

  • Use your washing machine and the toilet overflows or water backs up into the tub or shower.

Awful sewage smell coming from your drains

If your main line is backed up, then your drains will smell of raw sewage--and it’s not pleasant smell so you can’t miss it.

Clearing a sewer drain requires a professional plumber who can clear it the drain for you. Whatever you do, make sure that the clog is cleared ASAP. Otherwise you're going to have messy and costly damage to your home.

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