How to Tell If Your Main Sewer Line Is Blocked

How to Tell If Your Main Sewer Line Is Blocked

The main sewer line is one of the most important components of any plumbing system. Unfortunately, because it is out of sight, too many homeowners never consider it. Yet if your main sewer line becomes clogged and damaged, it is likely not only wreak havoc on the rest of your plumbing system, but cost you a boatload of money to fix. Keep reading to learn how to tell if your main sewer line is blocked, and make sure to contact our professional Memphis plumbers at Smith’s Plumbing Services for sewer repair and more.

The Top 3 Signs Your Main Sewer Line Is Blocked Are:

  1. Your appliances are draining slowly: Slow-running sinks, toilets, and bathtubs are a strong indicator that your main sewer line may be experiencing a blockage. You may also notice this slowness affecting multiple fixtures, even if you are using only one. For instance, if you find that your laundry room sink not only runs slowly but actually backs up while you are using your washing machine, that’s an almost surefire sign that your drains are blocked, and you should call a plumber immediately.
  2. You hear strange noises coming from your system: Gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from your plumbing is another main sign of sewer line blockage. Specifically, such noises often indicate that your main sewer line may be facing an obstruction outside, like tree roots. Roots thrive in moist environments, and if your sewer line is old and made of clay or concrete, they may end up forcing their way in, catching toilet paper and waste, causing water in your toilet to bubble up—hence the gurgling noise.
  3. Your toilet always needs to be plunged: Having to plunge your toilet occasionally is normal. But if you have to plunge your toilet all the time? Chances are there’s something backing your pipes up. This may also be true if your kitchen sink and other drains are constantly clogged, but your toilet is the one you are cost likely to notice. In general, the slower your drains are, and the more they tend to clog up, the likelier it is that there is some kind of large blockage downstream in your main sewer line, obstructing your drainage system.

Worried your main sewer line may be blocked? Hire Smith’s Plumbing Services to inspect your plumbing system today! To reach our Memphis plumbers now, just dial (901) 290-1110, or contact us online at your convenience. Emergency 24-hour service is available.

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