Symptoms of Sewer Main Drain Problems

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Sewer line issues are not something you want to ignore. A problem in the line can result in sewage backing up into your home, which results in both water damage and a health hazard. To avoid this problem, it's vital to have the knowledge to recognize the signs of a sewer line clog. The following guide can help you with this.

Poor Drainage

One of the most telltale signs of a sewer line problem is slow drains. This includes all the drains in your home, including the toilet as well as the sinks and tubs. Sinks and tubs tend to train slowly, taking much longer than usual to fully empty. Toilets, on the other hand, may overfill when you flush, perhaps even overflowing, then they will slowly drain. Slow drains may only take a few minutes longer than usual, or they could take hours. If all the drains in the house are moving slowly, the problem is likely in the sewer line. If only a single drain or just the drains in one room of the home are moving slowly, then your clog is probably not in the main line and is instead more localized to the drain in question.

Percolating Drains

Sometimes drains seem to be working as they should but you will hear odd bubbling, gurgles, or a percolating noise from them as the water rushes out. In some cases, you may even hear this percolating sound even when there is no water actively running down the drain. The sound is caused by water further down the pipe, where you can't see it, that is trying to gurgle its way through a partial obstruction. Sometimes, the gurgling may be accompanied by sewage odors, almost as though your drains are burping. The odors and percolating are signs of a sewer line clog.

Standing Water

The worst thing you can find when it comes to your sewer line is standing water, whether it is in your yard, crawl space, or basement. If the water smells like sewage or rotten eggs, you can be reasonably sure that its from your sewer main drain. Unfortunately, standing water typically indicates something worse than a clog. Chances are the actual sewer line as cracked and now raw sewage is leaking out. A prompt repair is necessary before further damage occurs.

If you suspect a clog or other sewer line problem, contact a local sewer drain cleaning and service company like B & B Drain Tech Inc to learn more.

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