Signs You Have A Clogged Sewer Line

Posted on: 4 July 2016

There are many things that can cause the drains in your home to move slowly, and clogs in the lines are the most common reasons for this. When a main sewer line gets clogged, though, there will be symptoms present that will not be there if there is a simple clogged plumbing line. Here are three signs that can alert you that your plumbing problems might be the result of a clogged sewer line.

All Drains Move Slowly

When there is clog in a pipe, it will typically only cause problems with one particular plumbing fixture or one particular room. It will not affect every drain line in your home. If every drain in your home is moving slowly or not moving at all, it can be a sign of a clogged sewer line. When a sewer line is clogged, the waste has nowhere to go. Therefore, the waste will end up staying in the lines, and every drain in your home will be affected by this.

There Is Seepage Coming Up Through The Drains

The second sign of a clogged sewer line involves seepage in the drains. Drains are designed to allow waste to go down, not up. If the waste has nowhere to go due to a clogged main sewer line, it will have to come up. There simply is no other place for it to go, and this can end up being a smelly, disgusting problem to have, especially if the toilets are so clogged that the waste water begins spilling onto the ground.

Your Septic Tank Is Not Full

The two symptoms listed here can be present with a clogged sewer drain; however, these things can also occur when a septic tank is full. A full tank will cause the same issues, simply because it cannot hold anymore waste water.

If you want to find out if the problem is due to a clogged sewer line, you may want to check your septic tank. You can do this by lifting the lid off of it. If the tank is full, get it pumped to see if this resolves your problems. If the tank is not full, it is a sure sign that you have a clogged sewer line, and you will need to hire a plumber to get this issue fixed.

If you are currently experiencing problems with your drains or septic system, call a plumbing service such as Optimum Plumbing LLC for assistance. 

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