Sewer Line or Clogged Drain? How To Know The Difference.

The last thing you want to happen in your home is a plumbing issue. We understand. Clogged or slow draining drains are a frustrating part of life. Although there are many causes of slow draining or clogged drains, sometimes that is only part of the problem. Sometimes it can be as simple as too much hair in the drain, or, if you have small children, it can be far more entertaining as to what you will find. But, what if it is more than a clog. Sometimes it can be the result of a damaged sewer line. That line that connects from the municipal sewer line to your home, making it your financial responsibility if it is on your side of the line. 

If it is just a basic clog, that is usually a far easier fix, depending on where the clog is. It’s important to understand that the possibility of a sewer line issue is not completely out of the question, however. For the more complex clogs, and definitely for any sewer line issues, you will want to hire a professional and reputable plumber. This is not the time to DIY or Google, “How to fix my own sewer line.” Here are some signs to look for when you are trying to determine what the severity of your clogged drain is. 

Are there foul odors coming from inside your drain(s)?

This is one of the early signs that your sewer line is the culprit. Sewer lines can get clogged up with debris and tree roots. This backup will cause sewer gas to come up your pipes into your home or business, instead of down and out where they belong. Even if you notice the smell without the accompanying slow drain or clog, call an experienced plumber right away to get this corrected. 

Is more than one of your drains clogged or draining slowly?

If you notice the more than one of your drains is slow-moving or clogged, this is a sign that you have a bigger problem than just some hair in the drain. Especially if the first drain you notice that is clogged or slow is at the lowest point of your home. This usually means there is a clog in your main sewer line, a possible break in the, or even a blocked drain vent. This is also a time when calling a plumber should not be questioned. 

Can the drain be unclogged by a plunger or drain snake?

If you come across a clogged or slow-moving drain, the first thing to try is a plunger or drain snake. We NEVER suggest using a liquid drain cleaner or any type of chemicals. These WILL damage your pipes and cause even more issues and expensive repairs. If your clog can be remedied by the snake drain or plunger, then you luckily only have a simple clog. However, if this is happening on a regular basis, or can not be cleared with the plunger/snake, it is suggested to have a professional plumber come to inspect for a clog deeper in your system or other issues within your pipes. 

Although a simple clog can be an easy repair for most homeowners, we always recommend contacting a licensed plumber for any clogs or slow-moving drains to help avoid further issues down the road. Having your plumbing pipes professionally cleaned will protect your piping material, avoid deep clogs, and keep everything running smoothly. There is always a chance for sewer line issues, especially if you have large trees in your yard, and with age pipes do corrode and can eventually fail. 

Contact your licensed Baltimore, MD plumber today at (410) 265-8833 or (301) 384-4880 to schedule your drain cleaning and sewer line services today and protect your plumbing system and your home.

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