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2 Signs Your Home's Main Sewer Line Is Clogged Up

If you have noticed that your home's drains have not been emptying completely, you may wonder whether you have a clog within the house's pipes or the main line going to the sewer. If so, look for the following signs that the blockage lies somewhere inside your home's main sewer line:

Drains in Several Rooms Are Affected

One sign that your main sewer line is clogged up is that the drains in several of your rooms are affected. If only one pipe in the house is clogged, you would typically only see a backed up drain in that room, whether in the kitchen or one of your bathrooms.

However, if the main line is blocked, you will have slow drains and possibly have water backing up in your kitchen, bathrooms, and maybe the laundry room. Since the main line drains all of your home's fixtures, they will all be affected by the blockage. You may also notice that the drains slow down even more when more than one is used at the same time.

Water Backs up in Different Areas

Along with having your drains backing up in multiple rooms, you may also see water backing up in different areas whenever a fixture in a different room is used. If it were only a secondary pipe, you may see water backing up in the toilet when the adjoining shower is used. 

When the main sewer line is clogged up, the waste and gray water that usually travels freely through the pipe into the sewer is blocked. The water will eventually make its way back up into your home.

If the main sewer line is clogged, you may see water back up in the toilet or kitchen sink whenever you use your washing machine. You may also hear gurgling coming from your bathroom sink whenever you let out the water after washing dishes.

And, you may not just see clear or off-colored water coming back up into the drains. Because the sewer line contains wastewater from all sources in your home, including the toilets, it may come back up as a black or dark brown sludge that has a powerfully foul odor.

If you notice any of the above signs, your home's main sewer line may have a clog deep within the pipe. To find out what is causing the clog, contact a plumbing contractor to perform a video sewer inspection so they can find what is blocking the sewer line and discuss your options for removing it.

Contact a company like Rapid Rooter Inc for more information and assistance.