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3 Big Signs of a Main Sewer Line Clog

A main sewer line clog can cause some major problems in your home! Any time water is involved, the damage, and the bill, can be massive! On top of all the headache, homeowners insurance doesn't even cover sewer backups without a special additional rider, so you could be stuck with it if caught unprepared!

That's why it's important to know the signs of a main sewer line clog so you can catch it before disaster strikes! Read on to learn more about how you can protect your home and your wallet!

What Causes a Main Sewer Line Clog?

There are two issues that commonly cause clogs in your main sewer line; the first is tree roots.

Tree roots can eventually cause the sewer line to collapse or sometimes it just fills up with lots of tiny roots until a solid clog forms. This is why it is very important to plan where you plant new trees on your property and to try and keep existing trees watered in droughts to prevent them from sending out more roots.

The second most common cause of main sewer line clogs is flushing things that shouldn't be flushed. You should really only ever flush toilet paper down the toilet to prevent things from accumulating in your pipes. 

Now that you know the causes, let's take a look at some of the warning signs of a main sewer line clog.

1. Water Backups

If you notice that using one fixture in your home causes another to backup, this could be a sign that the draining water has nowhere to go because of the main sewer line clog. If you flush your toilet and water backs up into your shower, or run your dishwasher and water backs up into your toilet, this can be a sure sign that there is a clog in your sewer line.

2. Multiple Clogged Drains

Drains clog from time to time. If you notice your shower draining slowly, or not at all, that doesn't mean you have a clogged sewer drain. You can try treating the clog yourself, but if the simple solution doesn't do the trick, you may have a bigger problem on your hands.

If multiple sinks and showers in your home all become clogged at the same time, then it could be a major sign that your sewer line needs attention and it's time to call a plumber.

3. Changes in Your Lawn

Breaks in your sewer line can cause a few different signs to show up in your lawn. A sudden indentation can form at the site of the break. You may also find a soggy patch on your lawn when there has not been any rain or snow recently. This is from sewage and is a sign that you need to call a plumber right away!

What To Do Next

If you suspect you may have a main sewer line clog, you should contact a licensed plumber right away. We have licensed plumbers on call 24/7 to assist you with getting your plumbing problems under control. Contact us today to make an appointment!

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