3 Signs You Have A Clogged Sewer Drain – And How To Fix The Problem

Sewer lines play a vital role of safely removing waste from your home and to an offsite disposal facility. Though the lines are vital, sewer lines are also largely unseen and unnoticed – until something goes wrong. A clog in the sewer lines or sewer drain can cause dangerous and messy backups if left untreated.

What are some common signs that you have a clogged sewer drain – and how can you and/or a plumber solve the problem?

Symptoms: Sewer Smell in Drains and Waste Backup

An early warning sign of a sewer clog is smelling a sewer or rotten smell out of your sink drains or toilet. Sink drains are designed to keep waste and sewer gases from coming back up. But a clog can create a backup of sewer gases that have nowhere to go but up.

If you only smell the sewer odor in one sink, check under the sink before you call the plumber. You want to make sure that the sink doesn't have an s-trap drain, which are no longer used because the traps make it far more likely for even normally behaving sewer gas to come up into the sink.

An s-trap drain has a pipe that comes down from the bottom of the sink, curves around into a sideways s-trap, and then connects to the drain pipe vertically. If this is what your drain looks like, you might still want to call a plumber, but the call could end up involving installing a p-trap drain rather than a sewer cleaning.

Waste backing up in toilets or sinks is a surer sign that there is a problem with your sewer lines. If this happens, call a plumber, like those at Rapid Rooter Inc, immediately.

Fix: Drain Cleaning and Tree Removal

Call a plumber to deal with a sewer line clog and the associated drain cleaning. A thorough inspection and cleaning involves equipment that the typical homeowner is not going to have, and you don't want to deal with hazardous materials without any experience in the area.

Your plumber will use a combination of drain cleaners, a snake or auger, and perhaps a camera for inspecting the inside the pipe to check for a clog or any damage that could be mimicking a clog.

The inspection might also take the plumber out into your yard. Large trees can sometimes send roots deep underground and straight into your underlying sewer pipes. The roots can puncture the pipe, causing a dangerous leak, while also blocking the pipe with its bulk. You might need to have the roots or even the entire tree removed to preserve your pipes.