Three Steps To Take If You Suspect A Sewer Line Blockage

Posted on: 17 April 2018

Blockages in your sewer line can lead to messy and sometimes expensive problems. Diagnosing and repairing the issue early can help prevent sewer lines from bursting as well as other problems. Here are a few steps you can take if you suspect a sewer line blockage.

Check All Of Your Fixtures

Typically, one slow-moving or blocked drain in the home isn't necessarily a sign of a sewer line blockage. However, if multiple fixtures in the home are affected, there may be a problem with the line. Check each sink, tub, and shower drain to see if they are not functioning properly, and do the same for toilets. If there is a fixture in the home not functioning properly, it's a good idea not to use it until your plumber has diagnosed the problem. Take care not to use the garbage disposal or add anything to the other drains in your home that might add to a potential blockage problem. You can prevent people in the home from using affected fixtures and toilets by turning off the water valve that controls each one.

Use A Plunger

In some cases, a less severe blockage can be cleared up by using a plunger. Remember that plungers aren't just for toilets that won't flush. You can use a plunger in the tub, shower or sink. Be sure to cover any overflow drains in the tub or sink when you plunge, as this will help prevent air from escaping so the plunger is more effective. You'll want to remove any standing water before starting this task to prevent messes, particularly when there is water that has flowed back into the tub from your plumbing system. If water begins to flow freely after plunging, you may have solved the issue. However, you may want to wait a few days before returning to full activity in the sink, toilet, or tub that was experiencing the issue.

Schedule A Sewer Line Inspection

If plunging doesn't work, there may be a more serious blockage at the root of the problem. Knowing where the blockage is within the sewer line can be difficult, but your plumber can diagnose the issue and pinpoint the exact location of the blockage with a sewer camera inspection. This process uses a camera that snakes through your plumbing system, giving your plumber an inside look at the pipes. Once the blockage is detected, the plumber will know exactly where to dig so the blockage can be repaired.

Sewer line blockages should not be ignored. Over time, they can lead to cracks in the pipes, leaks in your yard, and even water flowing back from the pipes into your home. If you are concerned about a blocked sewer line, contact a local plumber like those found at Streamline  Plumbing to help resolve the issue.


Knowing When It’s Time to Call the Plumber

My name is Jason Lawrence, or around my house I’m sometimes known as “Daddy Fix-It.” My wife Sarah and I have four children all under the age of ten. I didn’t start out as a guy who was handy around the house, but I am learning to become a do-it-yourselfer for sure. Did I mention that I’m a bit stubborn? There are times I struggle with projects a little too long, and it takes my wife stepping in to convince me that it’s time to call a professional. I’ve become especially handy with plumbing projects. I don’t know why kids think toys belong in the toilet and doll hair is good for the bathtub drain, but around here those are weekly events. I’m going to share some of my experiences, how I fixed some of our plumbing problems, and when it becomes time to call the plumber.

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