When your main sewer line is clogged using a plunger will not help. You will know if your main sewer line is clogged because you will have plumbing problems all over the house. A clog in the main sewer line can cause widespread flooding, sink drainage issues and toilet flushing issues. To prevent serious damage you need to be able to identify clogged sewer lines and know how to handle them.
Is your Main Sewer Line Clogged?
The plumbing system in your house has drain lines carrying waste water from dishwashers, sinks, washing machines, toilets, and bathtubs. Plumbing drainage lines lead to the main sewer line. This huge pipe sends all the waste from your home right to your sewer or septic system. When it gets clogged, drains all over your home are unable to drain. When your main sewer line is clogged it can cause major draining issues all over your house.
What to do With a Clogged Sewer Line:
Sewer Line Repair
If your main sewer line is clogged there is not really any DIY way of fixing it. Sewer drain lines are often buried deep under the ground far away from your home. You typically need special equipment and a professional plumber to handle sewer line repair. B&L Plumbing Service handles sewer line repair in the Kansas City Metro area.
Though you usually cannot repair it yourself, that doesn’t mean you’re helpless. There are still a couple things you can do to keep the problem from getting worse until a plumber can help you.
What to do until a professional plumber arrives
Your home may have a sewer line cleanout. This is a large pipe with a cap on the end. It can be found in your basement or on the side of your home. You can remove this cap to access your main sewer line. The clogging issue may be in your cleanout and you can pull it out manually.
Try running a plumbing auger through the sewer line. This may break up the clog or enable you to pull out some of the debris. Sewer line clogs are often big enough that the standard drain auger can’t fix the clog.
Snaking your sewer line yourself will just get things moving a little, making it easier to clean up backflow and get your home in livable condition. Keep in mind that clogs will probably keep happening until you get a thorough sewer line cleaning. You’ll still need to call in a licensed plumber to handle the main clog.
Kansas City Sewer Line Repair
In Missouri we handle sewer line issues in Belton, Blue Springs, Buckner, Gladstone, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Independence, Kansas City, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Winnebago, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, North Kansas City, Parkville, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Valley, Raymore, and Raytown.
In Kansas we service Fairway, Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, and Westwood.
Sewer Line Replacement Project
Sewer line repair would always be attempted first. But if the line cannot be repaired then you may need a sewer line replacement.