Determing whether your sewer main line is blocked or just a plumbing fixture

Determing whether your sewer main line is blocked or just a plumbing fixture

“Please refer to the following warning signs of a potential sewer main backup.

1. Multiple backups in the plumbing around your home

If several sinks, shower drains, and toilets are all draining slow and backing up this is typically the biggest giveaway that your sewer main is clogged. All of your drains run through the sewer main, and if the main becomes clogged, it will back up the drains/lines that are connected to it.

2. Bubbling or gurgling sounds coming from the drain

The bubbling inside your line is typically caused by the air pocket after a clog. If your sewer main is completely clogged it will block all water flow through the pipe. Sometimes you will get bubbles or air pockets that work through the clog and float through the line. If you are hearing bubbles or gurgling noises when you are not running any water then you may have a sewer main backup starting to form.”

Read more tips for knowing the difference between which line is clogged here.

Another way of determining where a clog may be is when you notice water backing up from another drain when action is performed with a different fixture. For instance, flushing the toilet causes the back up in a nearby sink. This typically indicates that the clog is further down the line and that those two pipes are connected at some point.

Regardless of whether your sewer main line or just one drain is clogged, DC Annis Sewer can help. We handle all types of tough clogs and can quickly have your water flowing freely again. Call us at 612-861-6425 or visit our main line drain clog page for more information.