How Do I Know If My Sewer Is Clogged?

The plumbing system in your Akron area home is a massive network of pipes, drains, fixtures, and more. That can make it exceptionally difficult to determine the source of plumbing problems whenever they arise.

Luckily, you don’t have to figure it out on your own! The fully licensed, bonded, and insured plumbers at Blind & Sons are here for you, always ready to assist. One of the problems we see a lot is clogged sewer lines and drains. To help you identify if this is a problem with your plumbing system, check out these red flags of sewer drain clogs.

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Common Signs of a Sewer Drain Clog

Typically, clogs are annoying, but they can be pretty simple to fix, depending on where the clog is located. For example, toilet clogs and sink clogs are usually relatively easy to identify and fix. When your main sewer drain clogs, however, it can impact your entire plumbing system, possibly causing some serious issues if the clog is not dealt with in a timely manner.

Here are some common indicators of clogging in sewer mains and drain lines:

  • Common plumbing problems are affecting multiple drains. We’re all pretty familiar with a sink clog or a backed-up shower. If you encounter these problems simultaneously, it’s very likely that the source of your problem is deeper in the system, somewhere in the sewer main.
  • There is a foul odor coming from your sewer drain lines. When sewer lines are jammed, damaged, or clogged up, sewage will begin to settle in your pipes. With nowhere to go, this nasty wastewater can begin to fill your home with the smell of sulfides, a smell that strongly resembles rotten eggs.
  • Flooding or backflow is occurring at the basement sewer drain or other home drains. Once a sewer main is clogged, water will begin to collect in your main drain line, as well as the branch lines that run throughout your home. Most homeowners discover their drain line clogs when mucky water begins to back up into the shower, into sinks, or up from the drain located in the basement or crawlspace.
  • Puddles of water are accumulating in your yard. Drain clogs that are caused by tree root damage can eventually crack drain pipes, which will result in wastewater traveling to the surface and creating foul-smelling puddles in the yard.

What to Do if Your Sewer Line is Clogged

Suspect a clogged sewer drain or line in your home? Don’t panic! The issue is actually fairly easy to deal with as long as you connect with your local plumber as soon as possible. If you think you may have a sewer line clog, stop using your plumbing appliances and fixtures as much as possible, and call for a drain cleaning service. A well-equipped professional can quickly identify where the clog is and remove it, as well as make any additional plumbing repairs if needed.

If the sewer main clog is causing a continuous backflow of water into your home, it’s a good idea to shut off your water supply completely at the water main (if you’re not sure how to do that, we have an easy guide on how to turn your water off here). After you shut off access to the water, call for emergency plumbing service right away!

Drain Cleaning and Sewer Main Services in Summit County, OH

Whenever you experience plumbing problems at home, all you ever need to do is call on the professional plumbers at Blind & Sons. Our highly experienced team is ready to provide you with any plumbing services you need, getting the job done quickly and properly so your system is up and running again as soon as possible!

Call (330) 753-7711 or connect with us online to schedule drain cleaning or plumbing repair services in and around Akron, OH!

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