If your main sewer line is clogged and wastewater is unable to properly flow through your drainage system, you could encounter a wide range of serious problems such as exposed sewage or flooding. Knowing how to handle a clogged sewer line could help you protect your home and family from potentially dangerous issues.
SIGNS YOUR MAIN SEWER LINE IS CLOGGED
The sooner you can identify a clog in your sewer line, the better. Catching this problem early on allows you to seek help before the clog leads to bigger problems like messy overflows or flooding. Here are some warning signs that your sewer line is blocked:
Water is backing up in your sink, tub, or toilet
Your drains are moving very slowly
There are foul odors coming from your drains
Your yard is flooded or has foul odors
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR SEWER LINE IS CLOGGED
If you suspect that your main line is backed up, it’s important to take quick action to solve the problem before it can cause major damage to your home or health. Here is what to do when you have a clogged sewer line:
SHUT OFF YOUR HOME’S WATER.
If your main line is clogged and you continue to let water down the drain, then your drains may begin to overflow. This can lead to flooding, water damage, and raw sewage backing up into your home. Shutting off your water ensures that nobody in the home will accidentally put water down the clogged drains.
To turn off the water in your home, you will want to find your water main. The water main is usually located outside near your water meter or next to your home, and it generally has a large wheel, lever, or handle. Just turn the wheel or switch the lever until it is completely closed.
CALL A PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER.
A clogged sewer line is a lot different than a backed up toilet or bathtub. Though small clogs inside your home may be easily fixed with a drain snake and some patience, main lines are a lot more complicated. And, since the main sewer line connects to all of the drains in your home, it is crucial that yours is always working properly.
If you are experiencing problems with your sewer line, call the experts at Pacific Plumbing & Drain! We have extensive experience providing sewer line services throughout the Vancouver WA and Portland OR area, and we are confident that we can unclog your sewer line in no time. Our experts are committed to providing you with quick and exceptional service, and we are available 24/7 to help handle any emergencies. Just give us a call today to get help fast!