Top Signs Your Sewer Line is Clogged or Damaged


A clogged or damaged sewer line can make itself known in a number of ways and isn’t something that will just go away. Over time, it could cause a nasty sewage smell, and even worse, a backup.

If you suspect you could have an issue with your main sewer line, look for a few of these common warning signs.

Clogged Toilet or Drain

One of the most common symptoms of a sewer issue is a clogged toilet. You may also experience clogged drains or notice a gurgling sound coming from one or more drains. A sewer problem will most likely become apparent through clogs in the bathtub or shower drain.

Strange Backups

In the Bathroom: Does flushing your toilet cause water to start backing up or gurgling in your shower or tub drain? That means the water that is trying to escape through your sewer drains is running into a clog and backing up into other drains. Another sign would be your toilet bubbling when you run the bathroom sink.

Using the Washing Machine: When you run your washing machine and the toilet starts bubbling or the water begins to rise, this is a sign that water is trying to escape and being blocked by a sewer clog.

The Causes

Clogs: Sewer clogs are often the result of flushing the wrong type of waste down the toilet or down the garbage disposal. Grease and fat are almost sure to create backups when dumped into the kitchen sink. Items like paper towels, facial tissues, diapers, cotton swabs and other waste flushed down the toilet can also create problems.

Tree Roots: The roots from trees and large bushes sometimes rupture sewer lines causing leaks and drainage problems. Depending on the extent of the damage, the sewer line may have to be replaced.

Sewer Damage: Sewage backups may also be the result of a collapsed or broken sewer pipe. If your sewer line is old or made of cast iron, corrosion may be the primary cause of your problem.

How to Handle a Clogged Sewer Line

The best way to get to the bottom of your issue is to contact a professional plumber at Pipetech. Our plumbers will use a camera line to look inside your sewer line to pinpoint the cause.

The Right Solution for Every Issue

Drain Cleaning: If a blockage is creating your sewer issues, our plumbers can take care of the clog. We only charge $79 per drain!

Trenchless Sewer Services: our trenchless sewer replacement and repair technology allows Pipetech to fix or replace your damaged sewer line without having to dig a trench on your property.

There are two methods of trenchless sewer line replacement commonly used: pipe lining and pipe bursting. Each have the benefit of being minimally invasive, so you don’t have to worry about having to repair a large trench in your lawn.

You’ll want to consult with a the professional plumbers at Pipetech to determine which method will work best for your home.



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