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Warning Signs Your Sewer Line Is Clogged

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Nobody likes a clogged sewer line. How do you really know that it is clogged though? You might be surprised to learn that what often appears as a clogged sewer line could be just a blocked drain. Why not ask Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, your local sewer line professional?

Signs You Have A Clogged Sewer Line

From our over 30 years of experience in the sewer and drain clearing business, here are some signs of a clogged sewer line:

  1. Multiple drains are backed up. If water gurgles up your tub or shower when you flush the toilet it is likely you have a clogged sewer line. Water will always go up the lowest path, and this is often the shower drain.
  2. Does your washing machine struggle to drain water?
  3. If you run the bathroom sink, does the toilet begin to bubble?
  4. Wastewater appears at the sewer clean-out.

Don’t know what a sewer clean-out is? It’s the plumber’s access to your sewer line. You can usually find it at the side of your home. What does it look like? If your home is new, it will be a white plastic pipe with a rubber cap on it.

If your home is older, it will probably be a metal pipe with a mushroom cap on it. If your home is very old – you may not have one at all! It became law to have one fitted on homes built after 1978.

Okay, so you’ve got one (or more) of these tell-tale signs. What next? We don’t suggest that you try unblocking the drain yourself – often there can be a buildup of toxic bacteria that could be dangerous to your health.

What about drain cleaning products? Most of these contain highly reactive chemicals that could burn your skin or damage your plumbing pipes.

The safest way to fix a clogged sewer line is to call a professional plumbing company. It’s advisable to shut off the water supply to your home first. The valve is usually located in one of the following places:

  • In the garage
  • On a side wall of your home
  • In the meter box outside your home (usually on the street side)

What Causes Sewer Line Clogs?

So, you may be wondering, what causes sewer line clogs? The most frequent ones are caused by people flushing things that isn’t intended for the toilet.

Occasionally older homes that have been extended have pipes too small for the added water volume. More commonly though are older properties with well-established trees that break into the lines looking for water.

Clogged Sewer Line Experts

Clogged sewer lines can be much more complicated than you think, so we recommend calling the experts.

At Art Rooter Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we have been working with drains since 1983. It’s fair to say that we have seen most of the root causes of a clogged sewer line.

Contact us today at 1-833-470-2880 if you see any warning signs that your sewer line is clogged.

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