Do you suspect a main line back up? A main line sewer stoppage, or a sewer drain clog as it is also called, is a serious issue. It is considered a plumbing emergency! A main line stoppage occurs in the main sewer line that connects your home plumbing to either a septic tank or your city’s sewer system. If this line does become clogged, gray, or used water from your home drain system begins to back up and will eventually start to seep back through your drains in any way possible, and yes, this often quite gross site to see.
First thing to note: If you suspect a sewer drain clog, stop any usage of your plumbing until the clog is removed! This can make the problem much worse.
Confirming a main line:
- The most common sign of a sewer line clog is the back up of multiple fixtures in your home at the same time. Normally you will notice it first with your toilets, since they have a direct path your the sewer, but also the shower or tub since they sit lower than any sinks and other fixtures in your home.
- Another sign of a main line are a strange reactions when you use certain fixtures in your home. For example, if you flush the toilet and your tub or shower back ups; If you turn on the bathroom sink and you see bubbles in the toilet or the toilet starts to fill; Or if you run your washing machine and when it begins to drain, nearby toilets start to overflow or if your floor drain starts to back up.
Main causes of main line sewer back ups
There are many causes of a main line back up, but the following are some of the most common:
- Years of built up sludge, grease or grime
- Foreign objects that easily become obstructions
- Growing tree roots spreading through the pipes
- Broken or dislocated pipes
- Or, if your home has a septic tank, an over filled tank
Solutions for clearing a main line
Often the best thing to do is call a plumber and he will be able to clear the line or to do a camera of the line to figure out what the main cause is. So next time your suspect a main line back up, don’t wait until it’s too late