Your home's sewer line acts as the main drain line for all of the plumbing fixtures and water using appliances in your home. As such, any sort of clogs within the sewer line can lead to serious complications for your entire home, causing a great deal of disruption to your everyday life and schedule. Understanding the warning signs associated with a sewer line clog can help make it easier for you to identify the problem early so that it can be fixed before complications can appear.
1. Odd Noises from the Drains
One of the first signs that you may notice caused by a sewer line clog are a series of strange noises coming out of the drain. This will usually take the form of gurgling and bubbling up, caused by a partial blockage that causes air within the line to move up the pipes. You should notice this in multiple drains if your sewer line is to blame: if only a single drain is making these noises, the clog is likely isolated to that section of your home's plumbing.
2. Clogs Across an Entire Floor
Another indication that your sewer line is clogged is if your drains are all experiencing clogs at once. This will affect the bottom levels of your home first since the upper levels have a little more space in the plumbing before they reach the sewer line. Keep in mind that a clog across an entire floor means that the sewer line is to blame and you should avoid using your home's plumbing for a short while until a professional gets the chance to clear the blockage out.
3. Water Backing Up
Finally, another one of the other clearest signs of a sewer line clog is water backing up your drains. This can take two main forms: the earlier and less severe form will be water coming out of one drain when another drain is used – like water coming out of a shower drain when you flush a toilet, for example.
The other form is sewage actually backing up through your drains, which is a health concern and something that needs to be addressed immediately: this is caused by a complete clog of the sewer line, which doesn't allow any wastewater to pass. If this is the case, you should contact a drain cleaning service immediately and avoid using any drains in your home until the line is cleared.