Many times you won’t discover that your sewer line is clogged until it’s too late. When that happens, it can be a real headache to clean up to mess and find the problem. There are ways, however, that you can prevent sewer line clogs from happening, if you know what to look out for. 

An occasional clog in your toilet or sink can be an easy fix, but if multiple clogs pop up in multiple fixtures, you could have a more serious clog in the main line. Same thing if you discover a foul smell coming from your drains. If wastewater is not draining properly, then that clog can cause those odors.

With sight and smell already on the list of things to watch out for, the next is sound. Hearing gurgling sounds from your drains and toilet are other warning signs that your sewer line could be clogged. When wastewater is trying to make its way through a clog, air pockets in the blockage release bubbles that float to the water’s surface in your plumbing. The more water you use, the more sounds you are likely to hear.

When you flush the toilet, does water come back up through the shower drain? If so, it’s not a ghost. Unusual responses in your plumbing fixtures can also happen with a clog in the sewer line. This can also include sounds and smells coming from elsewhere in your house. When wastewater has nowhere else to go, it can be forced back up through your drains.

Sewer line backups work their way up, starting with the lowest point in your house. That means that your basement floor drain could be the first spot that is truly affected by a backup. Monitor your basement floor drains, watching for standing water, sewage, foul odors, or even mold. One of these, or a combination of them, could be a sign that something wrong is going on down below.

Frequent backups can cause serious damage to your home and its plumbing. A cracked sewer line, a collapsed or broken sewer line, or tree roots invading your sewer line can cause these clogs and backups. You won’t really know what the cause is until it’s too late, but you can prevent future clogs with a regular inspection.

For more information on spotting the signs of a possible sewer line clog, call the professionals at Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.