How to Know if Your Sewer Drain Needs Cleaning

July 7, 2021

With some tasks, it’s easy to know when it’s time to put them on your to-do list. If the grass gets tall, it’s time to mow the lawn. If the check engine light comes on, it’s time to bring the car to a mechanic. How about your sewage system? How can you know when it’s time to clean it? Look for the following signs that it’s time to call in a professional from one of your local wastewater companies.

One too many clogs

If more than one fixture on your property is clogged simultaneously, you might have a system clog that requires cleaning. Toilets are usually the top indicator of this issue. If one toilet clogs, it’s probably just an issue with that fixture. If two toilets clog at the same time, there’s probably an issue with the drain system. Bathtubs and showers can also be affected. If you suspect that your sewer drain is clogged, check to see if your showers, tubs and toilets are all draining properly. If not, it’s time to call in a professional.

Unexpected interactions

When you flush the toilet, it should not affect your bathtub. However, if your sewer system needs to be cleaned, you may experience unusual interactions between your plumbing fixtures. For example, you may flush the toilet and notice that water backs up into the tub. Or, your toilet may overflow if you wash a load of laundry. Another common (if less extreme) experience is the appearance of bubbles in the toilet while using the bathroom sink.

All of these scenarios are indicators that something is wrong in the plumbing system. There’s a clog or air trapped in the pipelines that’s disrupting normal functioning of the fixtures. If you see any of these signs, call one of your local wastewater companies for repairs.

Main line signs

If you have a main line cleanout, check here for issues. You should be able to remove the cap on the clean out point and check for water backups. If you see standing water in the drain or water is coming out of this cleanout point, then your system has a clog.

Foul odor

Does your drain have a bad odor? Is an unpleasant smell emitting from your bathroom fixtures (one that you can’t explain for other reasons)? If you have a septic system, does your lawn smell bad? This odor often indicates a clog issue that needs immediate attention. Don’t try to live with the smell or cover it up. Call a plumber right away.

Quick, quality cleaning

If you suspect that your sewage system needs a good cleaning, contact the experienced professionals at Enviro-Line Co., Inc. Locally owned and operated, we are the premier choice among wastewater companies throughout the area. We have a track record of success that stretches back to 1971. Our expert technicians will inspect your system and perform the necessary maintenance to get it running smoothly again in no time. Reach us today at 573-873-5182 with any questions about your sewage system or to schedule your next service.

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