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Signs Your Home is Suffering from a Sewer Drain Clog

Drain and Sewer, Plumbing

The city of Pocatello’s Water Pollution Control Plant does a lot to ensure that the water you use to bathe, clean, and drink in your home is healthy and usable at all times. What they cannot control, however, is how well you take care of your plumbing—particularly the main sewer line—on your property. You may be included in the many homeowners who don’t realize just how vital your sewer line is to your home’s plumbing system. It does its job unobtrusively, and is hidden from sight, so this is understandable.

However, when you have a sewer line blockage, you end up with a huge—and potentially costly—emergency on your hands. Should this happen, we have superior sewer line cleaning services in Pocatello, ID to get your home’s plumbing back to full functionality. Of course, you don’t have to wait for an emergency to invest in these services! Keep reading for some of the most common signs that you should invest in sewer line cleaning ASAP.

  • Slow drains. If you have one slow drain in your home, it’s typically an indication of a drainpipe clogged with hair, soap scum, or even food waste. In the best case scenarios, this can be relieved with nothing more than a plunger. Other times, you may need a professional plumber to use special tools to relieve the clog. However, if you notice slow drains throughout your home then this is a pretty big sign that you have a problem with the sewer line itself and need that line to be cleared out.

  • Foul drain odors. A bad smell coming from any one of your drains can be as simple of a problem as a dried out p-trap, which just requires water to be poured down the drain to restore the barrier that prevents odors such as this from escaping up the sewer line. Let’s say you tried this, though, and the smell is persisting. Or, you’ve noticed this smell coming from your yard and it’s accompanied by wet spots. This is, unfortunately, most likely the cause of a sewer line backup.

  • Water backing up in sink or tub when toilet flushes. When one plumbing fixture seems to negatively impact another, it’s most likely due to a clog that has nothing to do with either individual piece. Rather, it is the sign of a clogged sewer line that needs cleaning. If water flushed down a toilet can’t make it through the sewer line, then the water will re-emerge at the lowest point—the tub or shower.

How Do Sewer Line Blockages Occur?

A sewer line blockage has many potential causes. It could be the buildup of hair or soap scum, or the result of years of untreated hard water. It could even be that a tree root has infiltrated the line—pretty common since the roots are going to be attracted to water sources.

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