A clog in your sewer drain is a major problem that you need to take care of immediately. The clog will affect all the plumbing fixtures within your house and may eventually lead to serious problems.
Several signs will alert you of the problem of your sewer drain being clogged.
Several plumbing fixtures clogged
If you find only one fixture backing up then it means that it is probably a localized problem. However, if you find several fixtures backing up, then it is a sign of a possible clogged sewer drain. Toilets usually have the largest drain line as well as a direct path to the main sewer lines. This means that if there is any problem, they will be the first to show. If the toilets are working normally, then it is highly unlikely that you have a clogged drain. The bathtub and shower are the next areas to check out since they are located lower than the sinks. Signs of a clogged sewer drain tend to first show up on the lower levels of your home. This means that if you find the lower floor or basement sink or toilet clogged, you need to contact your plumber immediately.
Unusual occurrences when using plumbing fixtures
These occurrences may be several different things. In case you flush your toilet and the bathtub backs up, then this is unusual. The other problem would be when you turn on the tap in the sink and immediately start seeing bubbles in the toilet, the water level in the toilet rising, or the toilet starting to drain. Finally, in case the washing machine is draining and the toilet overflows or nearby plumbing fixtures back up, then it is possible you have a clog somewhere.
Clean out of your main line
In case your system has a main line clean out, this will help you in determining if you have a clog. The main line clean out is a three or four inch diameter pipe that comes up from the ground with a cap on it. Any backed up water will be visible from there. If there is standing water or in case water is flowing up and out of the clean out, this is a sure sign that you have a sewer drain clog.
Some other basic signs of a clogged sewer line include the following.
– You find that there is a smell of raw sewage coming from your drains
– You hear a gurgling sound that signifies that you have a possible clog in your drain
– If you have water seeping out of the ground around a floor drain
– Watch the toilet as you flush it. In case the water level is not the same as it was before flushing, you might have a problem.
– Finally, check outside along your sewer line. In case there are trees nearby, then their roots might have encroached into the pipes clogging the drain
You should consider a clogged drain as a plumbing emergency. You could have water damage, mold might be developing, or the water just might be spreading bacteria. If you find any of these signs, you need to contact a professional plumber immediately.