The main sewer line is usually buried beneath the yard in your home, connecting the drain lines of your house to the Atlanta, GA civic sewer system. They are insulated from damage, but that doesn’t mean they can’t develop clogs: both from materials flushed down your drains and from things like tree roots making their way into the pipes.
The good news is that unclogging sewer lines is much easier now than it was just a few years ago, thanks to modern advances in plumbing. But you’ll still need to spot the signs of a clog in your main sewer line in order to call in a professional to correct the issue. Specifics vary from case to case, but there are quite a few common signs that you can spot if you’re careful. They can include the following:
- Back-ups in multiple outlets in your home. A single faucet or outlet in your home likely means a clog in the pertinent drain line. But when multiple outlets are backed up, the issue is likely in your main sewer line: affecting the entirety of the household.
- Back-ups in weird places. You might notice water coming up out of your sink drain when you flush the toilet, or the shower filling with water when you run your washing machine. That’s usually a sign that something is causing trouble on a systematic level.
- Odd smells permeate the drains in your house. The components of the clog can start to rot and create a strange smell that permeates your entire system. Again, a smell coming from one drain is likely localized. A more pervasive smell usually means a clog in the sewer line itself.
If you spot these signs, shut off the water to your system and call in the professionals at Quick Action Plumbers to give your plumbing a look!