The average homeowner likely knows that sewer lines help transport waste water from the home to underground sewer mains. Other than that, most homeowners give little thought to their sewer lines.
But when there’s a problem with the sewer line, homeowners tend to take notice. A sewer line clog could lead to raw sewage backing up out of the drains, which could lead to significant damage to the home.
Homeowners who understand and respond to their home’s early warning system can stave off severe sewer and plumbing issues. The most common red flags, highly rated sewer main cleaners say, are water backing up out of a drain or the toilet or a gurgling sound coming from the drains.
Listen to your house
“Your house is basically going to talk to you,” says Tammy Sims, senior technician with highly rated R & S Sewer Cleaning in Indianapolis. “If you notice that when you’re done with the washing machine, the toilets start percolating – it sounds like a coffee pot percolating – or you’ll get water around the floor drain in the basement, that’s one of the first telltale signs.”
Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines, Sims says.
“Your house is basically set up like a tree,” Sims says. “You have one main trunk line that runs out of the house and then you have all these small branches off of that. If the clog is in the main line, that means any water you run in the house will cause problems. If it’s a secondary line, it’s just going to be isolated to that secondary problem.
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