Residential sewer lines are designed to effortlessly move waste water out of residential homes and into a main sewer system. Most homeowners don’t think about the process or the components of the system unless sewage starts spewing from their drains!
Clogs can be very expensive to repair and may require you to replace some components of your sewage system. In fact, a simple clog can lead to significant damage and a lot of inconvenience! You wouldn’t want sewage to start leaking through your walls or dirt to start showing up in your kitchen sink!
While not every problem will cause sewage to show up in your sink or leak through your walls, a small problem can easily grow into something big. That’s why it’s crucial to address sewer drain problems right away.
There are several tell-tale signs of damage and ways to prevent issues. Including:
- Is your toilet making a gurgling sound after you flush? While water may not start gushing up like a fountain, that extra noise could indicate a sewer problem. Many homeowners notice noise after doing laundry, using the dishwasher, or using drains.
- Clogged sewer lines often affect toilets. In some cases, using water from any source in the home can cause your toilet to start making noise.
- In some cases, clogs only affect certain areas of the home. For example, if your kitchen sink is clogged but you can still use the toilet in the bathroom, the issue might not be with the entire drainage system. If water starts coming up in your bathroom drains, it would indicate a bigger issue.
- A slow drain usually indicates an isolated problem. If every drain in the house is affected and the toilets are making noises, you have a much bigger problem on your hands! In many cases, the clog is caused by tree roots moving or breaking pipes. Grease build-up is also a common clogging cause.
- The water levels of your toilet can also indicate a sewage issue. If the water rises or drops, it’s time to check your system! One toilet may be affected at first, but it can easily turn into a household-wide problem!
The good news is that while these signs indicate a clog, you can correct the issue to prevent further damage. Contacting one of our drain cleaning specialists makes it easy to prevent severe damage around the home.
An experienced drain cleaning expert will provide you with additional instructions, but everyone will tell you not to use any water until the issue is fixed. If you continue to use the clogged system, you risk damaging walls, ceilings, floors, and other areas of the home. It can also get really messy!
Additional Plumbing Tips
There are a few other things to consider when looking at a clog in your sewer system. Most clogs do not have an odor. If your water has a bad smell or there is a moldy smell coming from your basement, this could indicate a more serious issue. Smells can be caused by methane gas escaping the system and leaking into the home.
Dirt often indicates issues with sewer lines going into the home. Roots can cause damage to the system. Even small cracks can grow into huge issues.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, your best bet is to hire a reputable drain cleaning expert to clear your drain. We have access to the tools needed to do the job quickly and professionally. In addition to clearing the drain, we can use a camera to identify potential issues and make recommendations. The clog has to be cleared before getting a camera inspection, as cameras can’t see through grease, roots, dirt, and other buildup.
To learn more about sewage line repair and clog cleaning, please contact us today. One of our experienced specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have.