How to Tell If Your Sewer Line is Clogged

June 24, 2018 Posted By Matt O'Brien

Sewer Line is Clogged

Blockages are a fact of life as far as your home’s plumbing is concerned. Over time, it’s but natural for matter, organic and otherwise, to accumulate in our drains, and in some cases, our sewer lines and cause a blockage. When you notice that water is starting to back up, you know that there is a blockage, but you just don’t know where.

Fortunately for you, detecting a sewer line clog isn’t really that hard. There are clear signs that will tell you if you have a simple clogged drain, or if you have a sewer line clog.

The Speed at Which a Drain Backs Up

You can actually gauge how deep the clog is just by taking note of the speed at which a drain backs up with water. If you run water on your sink, toilet or shower and water comes back up immediately, then what you’re dealing with is a blockage situated directly under the drain. In most cases of a simple clogged drain, plungers and drain cleaners ought to do the trick.

Other Fixtures in the House are Backed Up

If water backing up takes all of ten seconds or longer, then you may have a clogged internal line. You will also know that there is a blockage in your house’s internal line if other fixtures within your home back up, even when you didn’t run water through them. A perfect example would be your bathtub backing up when you drain your washing machine.

Household drain cleaners can still get to these clogged internal lines, but if water backing up out of your fixtures persists, it could mean that you have a much deeper blockage, and that could only mean that you are dealing with a sewer line clog.

Get a Professional Plumber

Needless to say, a sewer line clog occurs in the deeper internal line, which means you may need the help of a professional plumber. While there are homeowners who attempt to clear their clogged sewer lines by themselves, it will always be better and safer if a professional plumber does it. Not only do professional plumbers have the skills, training, and experience necessary to clear a clogged sewer line, but they also have the tools and equipment required to remove a blockage that deep.

If you’re looking for professional help in clearing a sewer line clog, just call us at (? 1300 319 375)Beez Neez Plumbing. We have a team of professional plumbers who specialise in clearing a clogged sewer line. With their help, your drains and sewer lines will be working normally again in no time at all.

While blockages do happen over time, it would still be helpful if you take measures that will prevent or at least slow down their buildup. For one, never pour grease or used oil down the drain, because they eventually harden while in the pipes, and this hardened piece of grease will only grow larger in the future. It would also be prudent to educate everyone in your household not to dump anything that isn’t human waste down the toilet. Wet wipes, diapers, and sanitary napkins are just some of the things you should never flush down the toilet.

As the cliche goes, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure.

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