As a homeowner you know that a sewer pipe carries the household wastewater from your home to a main sewer line. You may take it for granted and never give it a thought, unless of course you discover sewage coming out of your drain.
Any homeowner who has experienced this first hand is aware of the tremendous damage it can cause. Having a single clogged drain is inconvenient, so imagine the damage to your personal belongings and costs of repairs due to a clogged sewer line.
While you want to take care of any plumbing problem, there are some ways to determine if you are dealing with a secondary drain problem or a main sewer drain clog:
- The number one warning sign of a sewer line problem is a gurgling toilet. Should you notice a toilet gurgling after using any water in the house, particularly after doing laundry or using the dishwasher, you have a sewer line problem.
- Anytime you use any water in the house and it not only causes the toilet to gurgle but comes up the bathtub and/or floor drain, it’s an indication you have a clogged sewer line.
- If any drain is slow to drain it’s likely that only that drain is clogged, but when all your drains are slow AND your toilet gurgles you have a clogged sewer line. The most likely culprits are a buildup of grease or roots.
- If your kitchen or bathroom sinks are clogged but you can still flush toilets without water coming up in the tub and/or floor drains, the problem is just a single clogged drain. You may notice the water level in a toilet rising and then dropping, which is a sure sign there is a problem in the system. It could be only that one toilet, or the beginnings of a bigger problem.