21st May 2024

Signs You Have a Blocked Sewer Line

If you have a blocked sewer line, there will be warning signs that it’s time to call a professional plumber. Your sewer line is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing and if it’s blocked, it will wreak havoc on your property.

The sooner you can detect a blocked sewer line, the more likely you are to fix it since damage will worsen over time.

Slow Draining Bathtubs and Skinks

If there is a sewer line issue then your toilets, sinks, and bathtub may drain slower or not at all. This could affect multiple fixtures. For example, if you use the washing machine and a toilet overflows or the sink in the room backs up then there is a clear sign of a blockage since the water has to go somewhere.

If you hear a gurgling sound when flushing the toilet, this could also mean there is a blockage. Root systems are the largest culprit of sewer line issues so if there is a large tree near the line, the roots can be a problem.

Constant Need to Plunge

If you are experiencing more clogs than normal then this in a sign that the real clog is further down in your drainage system. The same would be true for your kitchen sink. If you have multiple slow drains or more than one in the home then it’s a sign that the problem is a clogged sewer.

Calling a Plumber

A blocked sewer line can’t be treated with over-the-counter chemicals or just a plunger. A professional cleaning by a plumber is needed. You may even need video camera inspection of the pipeline to figure out what the cause of the blockage is and where it is. A trained plumber will be able to recommend repairs to you.