Drains, pipes, and sewers are designed to be invisible to homeowners, but clogged drains can create big headaches. When there’s a problem in your pipes, you want to make sure you understand what you are dealing with.
Inside your home, you have a main drain line (also known as the sewer line) as well as multiple smaller drain lines. Your main line is a horizontal pipe that runs under the ground and outside the home. It carries your drain water to the sewer system or septic tank. A blockage in this pipe can cause raw sewage to back up into the drains in your home. It is smelly, toxic, and can be expensive to repair. If you are experiencing a backup due to a clogged sewer line at your home, it is important to stop using any water because it could accumulate in the basement and/or under the foundation.
Clogs inside smaller drain lines can cause trouble, too. Our licensed plumbers can get your drains flowing again and offer advice on how to keep them clear in the future. Whatever your plumbing is, we are here to help.
Signs of a Main Drain Clog
Listen to your home. There are usually signals that your main drain is having trouble:
- Gurgling noises in your drains or toilet
- Sewer odor
- Water backup or flooding
- Sewage backup
If you notice signs that your main drain may be clogged, schedule a sewer line camera inspection. This is the best way to pinpoint the problem in your pipes.
What Causes a Sewer Line Clog?
If you need your sewer line repaired or replaced, A.B. May has a dedicated team ready to serve you.
Many clogged sewer lines, especially in older homes, are a result of tree roots. Tree roots can penetrate the sewer lines and clog over time. The clogs in newer homes are usually caused by feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and certain brands of thicker toilet paper. Our expert technicians use the appropriate blades to break up the roots and unclog the drain. If you have a bigger problem, we work with you to identify and take care of the issue.
Cracked or Broken Sewer Lines
If your home is older, your sewer backup could be caused by cracked, broken or collapsed sewer lines. Many older homes have cast iron pipes that can break down over time.
Improper Use of Drains
It can be easy to put things in your drains that they aren’t designed to handle. Garbage disposals are not made to handle large quantities or hard food items like onion or potato skins. Also, cooking fat hardens after it goes down the drain, coating your pipes and eventually blocking them. Lastly, place items like napkins, facial tissue, diaper wipes, or feminine products in a trash can instead of down the toilet. Over time, they can form stubborn clogs in the sewer line and headaches for homeowners.