Upgrading Your Pipes

3 Signs You Need Sewer Main Cleaning At Your Home

Many homeowners don't realize that having a plumbing system that connects to a public sewer line doesn't mean they'll never have to worry about clogged lines and sewer repairs. While it's true that a sewer connection tends to be easier to maintain than a sump pump, clogs can still occur and the results can be disastrous if ignored. By being aware of the "red flags" signifying the need for a sewer main cleaning, you could avoid costly (and unsanitary) flooding on your property.

Gurgling Toilets and Drains

In addition to drains and toilets that get frequently clogged or become difficult to unclog, many plumbing fixtures affected by sewer main problems will display a distinct "gurgling" noise, even while they're not in use. You may hear an occasional gurgling from your toilet when it hasn't been recently flushed or a similar noise from your sink. This is not something that should be ignored and often signifies the start of a sewer line blockage that needs to be addressed.

Slow-Running Faucets

Another common sign of a sewer main clog is a faucet that used to run smoothly and now has slowed down to a trickle. This is especially true if the problem only affects a specific fixture in the home, such as a master bathroom faucet or a single shower head. While it's also possible that tree root growth into the line is to blame for such an issue, clogs are more likely to cause this problem.

Improper Flushing or Dumping

Finally, if you've seen someone in your household put something down the drain or toilet that shouldn't be in your sewer line, or if you suspect this to be the case, there's a good chance you'll eventually have a sewer main clog if you don't already. Feminine hygiene products are a common example of the kinds of items that can cause a blockage, though even fats and oils dumped down a kitchen sink can solidify and cause clogs over time.

When to Call a Plumber

When simply snaking your drains or using store-bought drain cleaner isn't doing the trick, it's time to call a professional plumber. More than likely, he or she will order a camera inspection in your sewer line to determine the cause of the problem. From there, an estimate for repairs can be made and you can get back to having a smooth running and functioning plumbing system.

Contact a company like Young Plumbing Corporation for more information and assistance.