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The Warning Signs Your Main Sewer Line Is Blocked

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Every so often, you get one of those plumbing issues that you just know is linked to a bigger problem. One such problem is a blockage in your main sewer line. If you have ever had this problem, you will know that sinking feeling when you hear a gurgling drain. When you have to wait forever for the water to drain, or watch as your toilet starts to overflow like something out of a nightmare. There is no point in hesitating around problems like these. The scarier thought is that these issues don’t always announce themselves and you have no way of knowing about serious problems like blocked main sewer lines until it is too late. Either way, it is worth knowing the signs.

How To Know It’s the Main Sewer Line That’s Blocked

Some plumbing symptoms are a dead giveaway that the main sewer line is the problem. If you do experience any of the following signs, you are likely going to need a rooter technician’s assistance, and soon.

The Not-So-Happy-Couple Effect

If you notice one appliance or plumbing feature in your home starts acting up when a different feature or appliance is in use, that’s the not-so-happy-couple effect. Your dishwasher should not be flooding your kitchen every time you run a bath. Your washing machine shouldn’t get choked up when you flush the toilet. These are signs that something in the main sewer line is blocked. If you think about it, the mainline connects the various drainage points in your home, so it is safer to assume the problem is in the mains.

Lots Of Gurgling But No Baby

You are certain no one at home is watching a horror film, and there isn’t a baby present… but there is a definite gurgling sound. A blocked mainline will leave all drainage points strained. As old stuff tries to filter slowly into the mainline, there might be watery sounds even when you are not running any taps or appliances.

The Most Draining Goodbye

If the water in your tub or sink hangs around longer than a neighborhood gossip, there is a definite problem. So if you notice yourself keeping the plunger on hand because you know you’re going to need it, it would make sense that the blockage is not in your immediate pipes but rather further down the system.

The health of your main sewer line is really important. If left unattended, it can be incredibly costly and a real headache to fix. There is also the chance that this blocked sewer line causes hygiene risks for you or your neighbors. The longer it goes without attention, the more chance there is for damage in other parts of your home.

What Could Block A Main Sewer Line?

Main sewer lines are not a part of our home’s infrastructure that you can keep a close eye on, and it gets exposed to lots of things you can’t control. Sure, sometimes the problem is from something in the home, but often it is just nature. Regular maintenance will keep these painful blockages from happening naturally.

Root Of The Problem

More often than not roots damage sewer lines. In several ways, even. They can grow into a mainline and stop the flow of sewage or cause damage that leads to particles getting in and backing things up. We typically use drain maintenance equipment to check this first and then decide how best to fix the problem. We also use specialized equipment during maintenance to prevent this problem.

What Goes In…

…Does not always come out, it seems. Sometimes these blockages are a result of the wrong products being washed down drains or flushed. It doesn’t even have to be one large item by accident. It is more often a build-up of small items that shouldn’t be flushed like wet wipes and hair. Many households should spend some time learning about non-flushable products.

South Florida’s Drain Cleaning Experts

When it comes to a main sewer line block, the plunger and all the chemicals in the world are not going to solve the problem, in fact you may make things worse. For advice and assistance on how to deal with your blocked main sewer line, don’t let your money go down the drain, call Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning today at 1-888-773-1524!


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