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Ways To Determine You Have A Sewer Line Clog

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If you have a sewer drain clog in your home, it could be a very serious issue that could lead to a major plumbing emergency. The water will have to where to go once it's clogged, so the only place it can go is back into the household plumbing.

There are a few ways you can detect if you have a sewer drain clog, and they are outlined in this article. 

Multiple Clogs in Fixtures

The biggest and most obvious sign you have a sewer drain clog is that there are more than one fixture that is backed up, especially when it comes to your toilets. So suspecting you have a sewer drain clog means checking all of the plumbing fixtures throughout your home.

Using Fixtures

Another way you can check for when using the plumbing fixtures in your home is how the react after you use them. Check for the following: 

  • Tubs/Showers. Drains from your tub and shower will be affected by a sewer line clog. If you see the water draining slowly after use, this could be the sign of a sewer line clog. 
  • Toilets - Of course your toilets have the most direct line to the sewer and the biggest drain line in your home. If you have a sewer clog, seeing a toilet not flushing properly or very backed up usually means a sewer clog. 
  • Sinks. Run the water in the sink closest to one of your toilets to determine if there is air trapped in the plumbing system. If your toilet starts to bubble, or if you can see the water level start to rise in the toilet, you probably have a clog in the main sewer line, not in the toilet plumbing line.
  • Washing Machine - A place you may not have thought of to check is your washing machine. If your toilet starts to back up, or you fine a back up in your tub or shower as you drain the water from the washing machine, there could be a clog in the sewer line. 

Any time you suspect a clog in your sewer line, you need to contact a plumber for further investigation to make a final determination as to where the clog is, and how it can be fixed. For ways to prevent sewer back-ups and clogs, you may want to consider having your sewer cleaned.

This process can help flush out debris and other build up in side of your plumbing and sewer lines, and help prevent clogs from happening. Many times a clog is caused by years of debris accumulating and forming the clog. Having sewer cleaning is a good way to keep the drain and plumbing free and clear. 


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