What To Do If Your Sewer Line Is Backing Up

If you have water coming up from your drains, your main sewer line could be clogged, or backing up. There are a number of steps you can take to slow the progression of the water coming up. It is important that whatever solution you take, that its long term. If your main sewer line has a big clog in it, there are things you can do to loosen it, but it will not go away on its own.

What Is A Sewer Line?

Every drain you have in your home leads to your sewer line. Every toilet, sink, floor drain all lead to your main sewer line where waste is lead to however your city rids of waste. Out of sight out of mind…. until it’s not.

There are a lot of things you can put down your drains that can cause clogs. Wipes, food, paper towels, and so much more. It can all come back to haunt you. That is why it’s so important to know what is safe to go down your drain. Because eventually it can all build up, and come back out of your drains.

What To Do If Your Sewage Comes Back Up

A toilet clog does not mean your sewer line is clogged. Most of the time you just can juts use a cable, or a plunger and you can rid of a clog just like that. But, if water starts actively coming up from your floor drain, or bathtub, it is most likely caused by a clog in your sewer line. There are a list of steps you can take to stop the water from coming up more if you are waiting on a plumber-

  • Turn off your water. You can turn your main water line off to lower the risk of anymore water trying to exit through your sewer line. Do not flush any toilets, run any showers, or turn your sinks on. It will have no where to go, and just come right back up.
  • Check your vent pipe. Usually located above your bathroom. If your vent pipe is is blocked by something, the sewer can’t drain properly.
  • Call a plumber. Clogs like this don’t typically go away on their own, and the clog could be very far in the line.

Signs Your Sewer Line Is Becoming Clogged

  • Gurgling drains
  • Frequent clogs
  • Slow draining

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