Early Signs of Main Sewer Line Clog

Unclogging septic system. Cleaning and unblocking drain full of disposable wipes and other non biodegradable items.

Our main sewer line takes waste water away from our homes and into the underground sewer mains. We rely on our sewer lines greatly but don’t often give them a second thought. Out of sight, out of mind. It is just something that we expect to happen. You never think a main sewer line clog will happen to you, are you prepared if it does? Here are some warning signs of serious sewer line problems:

Clogged Drains and Toilets

Obviously, the main sign of large-scale clogs, are the small clogs. The difference here is that it will seem like ALL of your drains are acting up. With every drain functioning so slowly you could quickly lose all your patience. A simple drain solution won’t be enough at this point, call your local plumber. You could be catching a serious problem just in time.

Talking Toilets

They say it’s never good when you start hearing voices. It’s also never good when your toilet starts to talk to you. Gurgling noises from your porcelain throne can only mean bad news. You should be especially alarmed if these noises occur no matter what source of water is running in the house. This is a sure sign of problems with your main sewer line.

Reverse Drains

Water coming up your bathtub or basement floor drain- I don’t think I need to tell you that this is not a good sign. There might as well be a big neon sign coming out of the drain flashing “sewer line clog”! Don’t hesitate to take action.

Abnormal Water Level in Toilet

If the water level is dropping too low or rising too high, your toilet is trying to tell you something. In this case, it is also likely it could be a minor clog in just the toilet, but it could also be an early sign of sewer line issues. If you’ve taken action to clear any clogging and are still having issues, it’s best to get things checked out before they take a turn for the worse.

Dirt Coming up in the Drain

One of the biggest problems with main sewer lines is our big beautiful trees ramming their roots where they don’t belong. Tree roots can do serious damage to sewer lines and dirt in your drains is a big red flag. This could mean that there is a break in the sewage line.

Stinky Sink

I’m not just talking about garbage disposal smells making the sink a little stinky, I’m talking about smells that are literally coming up your drains. It could be methane/sewer gas entering your home. This is just about as serious as it gets. Act fast to protect your home and family.

If you think you might be having problems with your sewer line the best thing you can do is turn off your water and give A Pro Plumbing in Idaho Falls a call! We treat your home like our home and have emergency services available to you 24/7. If you are left with questions, need a plumbing inspection, cleaning, or repair please contact us or request an appointment online! Your satisfaction and peace of mind is our priority!