This is a time of year when household breakdowns like clogged sewer lines can be an especially big inconvenience. With out of town visitors in your house for the holidays and a slew of people expected for your New Year's party, a clogged sewer line can be a serious problem for you and your guests. Know how to recognize the signs of an impending sewer problem, so you can call ahead for repairs and avoid a badly-timed crisis.
Sign #1: Multiple Drains In Your Home Are Slow
The sewer line is the pipe carries all the waste water from your home to the waste water treatment center in your community. All the drains in your home lead into the sewer (unless you have a septic tank). One of the first and most obvious indications that there is a clog in your sewer line is slow drainage in more than one drain in your house. Slow drainage in a single drain simply points to a clog in your plumbing. However, slow drainage in multiple drains points to a clog beneath the house in the sewer. For example, if you've noticed that the toilet and the shower both drain slowly, this is an Indication that your sewer line is clogged.
Sign #2: Your Drains Make Funny "Percolating" Noises
Flushing the toilet should not cause a strange noise deep within your sink, nor should flushing water down the sink cause a bubbling noise inside your toilet. Strange noises coming from your drains can indicate that the water and air in your pipes are unable to pass by the clog in your sewer. As air pressure builds on one side, bubbles pass through the water in the pipes and escape to the other side, making a weird noise similar to that of a coffee maker.
Sign #3: Drains In One Location Back Up Into Other Locations
You may have noticed that flushing your toilet causes waste water to appear in the bottom of the shower, or water from the sink ends up in the tub. This is a sign that the water draining from your house isn't being carried away by the sewer--probably because of a clog. Without anywhere to go, this waste water is flowing into other low-lying drains in your home.
If your drains are showing any of these signs of distress, it's time to call a plumber. For the best value, contact a plumber with a reputation for excellence in your community, like Drainline Plumbing & Sewer Specialist.