Discovering a clogged drain in your home is annoying. But in most cases, you can eliminate the clog using a combination of two very safe DIY clog removers. The first is a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Let that mixture do its magic for about five minutes, then plunge that clog away. But there is another type of clog that is much more serious and will impact all the drains in your home. These clogs are in your sewer line, and they are often a homeowner’s worst nightmare.
I Own A Sewer Line?
Your first thought is likely to be the question above. Most homeowners think of sewer lines as property and the headache of the city. Most are unaware that every home also has a single sewer line that connects to the city sewer service. And as a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining this pipe and paying for any clog removals it might require.
As you can imagine, it does not take a long time to fill up a clogged sewer line. A few flushes of a toilet and a shower or two, and that pipe could be full. And then the only place for that waste and dirty water to go is into your home. So fast action is a must when you even think you have a sewer line clog or one in the making. But there are a few hints that will help you determine when there is an issue in your home’s sewer line.
Indications Of A Sewer Line Clog
Fortunately, if you are even the slightest bit observant, you will begin to notice the early signs of a sewer line clog forming, which include:
- Slow Clearing Drains- When all the drains in your home begin to clear more slowly than usual, it is a good indication that your home’s sewer line has a blockage that will soon be a full-blown clog.
- Gurgling Toilets- As a rule, the time it takes for your toilet to flush will not change enough to be noticeable. But you will find that the toilet is gurgling or bubbling when flushed. This lets you know that the sewer line has a blockage but is not yet completely clogged.
- Waste Backups- As the blockage gets closer to becoming a complete clog, you could notice that dirty water or sewage backs up in a fixture or drain while you are using another one. The most likely place for the backup is a floor drain in your basement or the lowest drain in the house if you do not have a basement. Most of the time, it would be a shower or tub located on the first floor.
- Foul Odor- The aroma of sewage is not hard to notice. And when you get a waft of this foul smell near a fixture drain or floor drain, there is a problem headed your way.
- Unexplained Wet Areas In Your Yard- If you locate an unexplained wet area in your yard or a section of grass that is excessively green and lush, you could have a sewer line leak. In some cases, this moist area will also have a foul odor and attract bugs. These are indications of a sewer line leak.
If you have noticed any of these signs in your home, it is time to call (214) 388-8838. A licensed plumber from Metroplex Leak & Locate will arrive promptly to locate any clogs or damage in your home’s sewer line. And eliminate them before you are faced with a flood of contamination in your home.