If you have a clog in your home, it could be a standard clog, but it could also mean that your sewer line is clogged, which is a much more serious problem. Immediate action is required, otherwise sewage could flood your home. If you suspect this may be the case, it is important to contact a plumber immediately. You should also turn off your main water supply to prevent possible flooding.

  1. Your Toilet Isn’t Flushing Well (and Plunging Isn’t Helping)
  2. First and foremost, sewer line clogs tend to affect your toilet first, given that they have a direct path to the sewer. What separates a typical toilet clog and a clog in your sewer line is that a sewer line clog isn’t resolved by plunging. Bubbling can also be a sign, but also keep in mind that bubbling is common after plunging. Look for the additional signs listed below.

  3. You Have More Than One Clog In Your Home
  4. One of the leading signs that your sewer line is clogged is that more than one fixture in your home is clogged. This is because if there is a clog in the main branch, the water from the smaller branch lines doesn’t have anywhere else to go but back.

    Having two toilets clogged at once is particularly common, but it is not uncommon to have a clog in the toilet and a clog in another fixture, such as a shower or sink.

  5. Water Overflows into Other Fixtures
  6. Another sign of a clogged sewer line is that water overflows into other plumbing fixtures in your home. For example, if you flush your toilet and then water comes up in your shower drain, or you hear gurgling sounds from your shower drain, this is a tell tale sign. Fixtures in the lower parts of your home will be the first to experience this problem, so ensure that you check there first.

    A sewer line clog can also reveal itself through your washing machine. If you use your washing machine and then find overflow in your toilet or shower, this can be another example of water overflow and a sign that you have a clogged sewer line.

  7. Drainage in the Sewer Clean Out
  8. Another tell-tale sign of a clogged sewer line is if you have drainage in the sewer clean out. This will be located somewhere in your yard, but note that if your home is particularly old, you may not have one. If there is water, however, this is a tell-tale sign that your sewer line is definitely clogged.

If you suspect that your sewer line is clogged, we can help you. Imagine Plumbing is Alberta’s premier professional plumbers, offering swift services. We will have you back in business in no time. Contact us today for more information.