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How Do I Know if My Sewer Line is Clogged?

clogged sewer line

Are you unsure whether your main sewer line is clogged, or it’s just a regular clog within the drains of your home? As the leading providers of clogged sewer line services in High Point, NC, and nearby regions, we can confirm that there are three symptoms of a main sewer line blockage:

  1. Multiple drains have backed up
  2. Water is overflowing into different plumbing fixtures
  3. There is drainage in your sewer cleanout

Now, let’s look at these symptoms in more depth:

Multiple Backed-Up Lines

Clogs in the main sewer lines eventually back up through plumbing fixtures around the home. If the pumping issue is with a smaller branch line, the problem is likely isolated to a single appliance.

Home sewer systems have similar setups to trees: with multiple drain lines stemming from different water appliances, all feeding into one main ‘trunk.’ When a clog appears in the main ‘trunk,’ the water draining from the smaller lines cannot empty, and eventually back up.

If your bathtubs, toilets, sinks, or showers are making a gurgling noise, then we recommend calling a plumbing professional to undertake an inspection.

Water Overflows into Various Plumbing Fixtures

If your main sewer line is blocked, water will start to overflow from plumbing fixtures throughout your home. This happens as a result of water being forced back up smaller drains. It’s worth remembering that overflowing water will seek the lowest point, so basement water fixtures or bathrooms on your ground floor will be the first to flood.

To test for water overflow, you can:

  • Flush your toilet, then check to see if water gurgles or rises from your shower or tub drain.
  • Cycle your washing machine, then look for evidence of overflow in your toilet or shower drain.
  • Switch on your bathroom sink, and check to see if the toilet water bubbles up or rises.

If you notice water overflowing after any of these tests, contact a plumbing professional immediately.

Drainage in Your Sewer Clean Out

A circular concrete or plastic lid should mark your sewer cleanout with ‘Clean Out’ written on it; however, homes built before 1978 might not have one.

If you do have a cleanout, remove the cap. If water is flowing from the pipe inside or standing in the pipeline, it’s a clear indication of a sewer line clog.

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