There are different kinds of clogs that can develop in your drains. Some minor ones are easily solved by repeated flushing, or a few firm strokes of a plunger.
Other kinds of blockages are tougher and require the attention of a professional plumber as soon as possible. A blockage in your main sewer line is one of the most serious plumbing problems.
The main sewer line is the only link between the plumbing in your home and the sanitation system. A blockage here causes a grey water bottleneck for the flow of waste water out of your home and into the sewer. This can cause raw sewage to build up and circulate in your drains.
A main sewer line blockage is the ultimate clog. It’s unpleasant, and if it’s not sorted out quickly it can cause damage for which there is no quick or cheap fix.
An amateur attempt at fixing this can worsen it, leaving you with double the trouble and triple the cost at the end of the day.
That’s why unclogging the main sewer line is a job that’s best left to a reputable and professional plumbing service.
But how do you know if your main sewer line is clogged? If you have experienced one or more of these four signs, it’s time to call a plumber!
MY DRAINS HAVE BECOME SIMULTANEOUSLY BLOCKED
Have more than one of your drains become simultaneously blocked? It could mean that there is a blockage at the main sewer pipe. If your bathtub, bathroom sink and toilet are all draining water at a snail’s pace, it’s one of the early warning signs that there could be a problem.
MY TOILET WATER MAKES A SURPRISE GUEST APPEARANCE IN MY BATHROOM SINK
Remember the magic trick where a magician disappears, only to reappear in the most unexpected place? If the water from your toilet is doing this same routine sans rabbit, hat or magical ability, then it’s a sure sign that your main sewer line could be blocked.
If water from the toilet backs up into the sink, or if emptying a sink causes the toilet water to bubble, it means the problem is advancing.
THE SMELL OF RAW SEWAGE HAS BEGUN TO PERMEATE MY HOME
If you can start your day by brushing your teeth over a basin that reeks of such unpleasantness, then congratulations! You are a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. If, however, you’re a human being, then this stench is one of the clearest signs that there could be a serious blockage in the sewage pipe.
I’VE TRIED ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
You’ve plunged, poured litres of chemicals into your drains, prayed, fretted, and you’re at your wit’s end. Just because you’ve tried everything, it doesn’t mean that everything has yet been tried. It’s time to put the plunger down and pick up the phone. Calling a specialist before a problem becomes a catastrophe will save you money in the long run.