A chronically clogged drain can be frustrating for homeowners, and it may be indicative of a different problem entirely. It’s important to understand how to tell the difference between a clogged drain and a clog in your main sewer line . The initial stages of a sewer clog can be almost indistinguishable from a single clogged drain, which is why you should enlist the help of an experienced plumber if you notice the following signs.
Symptoms of Clogged Drains
A single clog typically only affects the drain in question, though a tough clog might affect drains located underneath it in a multi-story home. Once a single clog is cleared , the drain should then flow freely and experience no further problems. A chronic clog may need the attention of a plumber, because it could be caused by the accumulation of household dirt and debris, which doesn’t break down and can cause intermittently slow drainage.
Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line
A clogged sewer line acts differently. In the very early stages, a sewer line clog only affects the lowest drain in your home, the one closest to the sewer main. This can be a bathtub, for example. However, as the clog worsens and pressure builds up, multiple drains in your home will become slow. Slow drainage will continue throughout the home, “climbing” your plumbing system from the lowest point upwards. Unfortunately, you may notice a distinctive odor emanating from any slow or clogged drains, which can help you identify a sewer line clog.
Your home sewer line should be inspected on a regular basis by a qualified plumbing company. These inspections can identify problems in your home’s drains or sewer line. Cleaning your drains and mainline periodically is beneficial—services like hydro-jetting use powerful, high-pressure water delivery to eliminate buildup and greatly increase water flow.
All Plumbing, Inc. has the experience and equipment to provide inspections and high-pressure cleaning of drains and sewer lines. Call us at (571) 451-2971 if you would like to learn how we can improve water flow for your building. You can also visit us online to learn more about our hydro-jetting services for homeowners and business owners in the Arlington area.