Is It A Sewer Line Problem Or An Internal Plumbing Problem?

A clogged drainpipe or two is not an uncommon experience. Most homeowners have become accustomed to dealing with these issues and will even have a few tools handy for when the need arises. However, there are cases where the problem might be beyond your home.

In some cases, the cause of the problem might be an issue in the main sewer line. If this is the case, you'll want the problem addressed as soon as possible. This will prevent more expensive repairs in the future.

Signs of Internal Drain Problems

Internal drain problems usually mean that it's probably just an individual drain that is affected. These problems are usually localized. You may notice signs such as:

  • Water not going down one particular drain

  • A single toilet not flushing

  • A water leakage when water is draining from a particular sink etc.

A major characteristic of these problems is that they're localized and may only affect one fixture or a number of fixtures that share a single drain pipe.

Signs of a Sewer Line Problem

Sewer line problems are as bad as it gets for homeowners. These problems may require the use of sophisticated equipment to diagnose and correct. Unfortunately, there is no way around these problems and they must be fixed as soon as possible. Some of the signs that you could be having an issue in your main sewer line include:

  1. Bad odors coming up from the drains in your home. This means that your drains don't evacuate fully into the sewer and waste is breaking down inside the pipes.
  2. Sewer water in your yard. This usually indicates that the main sewer line is blocked and the wastewater from your home can't make it into the sewer. Due to the buildup of pressure, the wastewater will be discharged through openings such as the sewer clean-out.
  3. More than one clogged drain in your home. If water isn't draining through various drains in your home, it's quite possible that it's the main sewer line that is clogged.

Fixing Sewer Line Problems

As far as sewer line problems are concerned, the only solution you should consider is bringing in a professional from a company like All Rooter Inc. Plumbing problems of this nature require more than the standard household tools you have lying around. Additionally, it's also possible that the problem isn't inside your property line. Therefore, it may not even be your responsibility to deal with the problem but the local council's. Find a full service plumbing contractor to help you root out the problem and find an adequate solution.