When a toilet backs up or clogs, the signs are pretty obvious. You may find paper stuck in the bowl or that the water simply won’t go down, but a stopped up sewer line may not be as obvious - that is, if you don’t know what to look for. So, the next time you hear or see any of the telltale signs below you’ll want to call in a plumber right away. Chances are you’ve got something blocking the mainline.
Mainline Stoppage Warning Signs:
Gurgling in the pipes when you flush a toilet
Gurgling in the toilet in a first-floor bathroom when using water anywhere else in the home
Sinks or showers develop slow drains
Bathtubs or washing machines back up
While there are a bunch of clogs an average homeowner can take care of with very little or no plumbing knowledge at all, a backed up sewer line is definitely not one of those instances. Lots of times tree roots can be to blame or the pipes or joints may not have been installed correctly in the first place. These issues often require industrial equipment and expertise that are not available to the general public. But don’t worry, that’s where we come in!
Professional plumbers, or drain cleaners, often utilize camera technology once the stoppage is cleared to examine the inside of a main line. Since nobody can see underground, this is how they can determine if the pipe was cleared enough. Sometimes, just a small hole punctured through the cause giving a very temporary relief which can lead to sewage backing up again in the near future.
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