Sewer lines help transport wastewater from your home to its underground sewer mains. Aside from that, how much more do you know about your property’s sewer line? Most of us give little thought to our sewer lines until a clog occurs. At Curt & Jerry Sewer Service in Indianapolis, we’ll guide you on what to look out for when a clog occurs at home and how to avoid disastrous plumbing issues down the road.

1) Backed Up Drain

Are there gurgling noises coming from the drains? That’s not something that can be ignored. Your home is going to talk to you through the sounds it makes. For example, you get done using the washing machine, but then the sink in the other room starts percolating like a coffee pot — that’s one of the first signs the whole sewer main has a clog. Water backing up out of a drain and gurgling are other common red flags.

2) Clogged Toilet

When your toilet is constantly clogging, how do you know if the problem is only related to the toilet or it’s a bigger problem with the main line? The best way to visualize your sewer system is to picture a tree. The main line is the trunk that runs to the house, and then you have small branches off of that. If a problem is related to the secondary line, it’s going to be isolated to that line. However, when you have a clog in the main line, any water you run in the house will cause problems, so you should see other issues in addition to toilet clogs if it’s related to the main line.

3) Older Tree Roots

Speaking of trees, backed up drains and clogged toilets are often related to tree roots. Typically in older homes with mature trees, the trees over time will crush the older piping. If homeowners don’t remove the roots in their yard, the overgrown roots will often cause a complete sewer line block.

Schedule a Sewer Camera Inspection

How do you prevent a complete plumbing disaster in your home when you suspect the main sewer line is clogged? Our pros at Curt & Jerry Sewer Service can provide a sewer inspection with a camera in order to see what exactly is going on in your pipes. We can then perform a sewer line diagnosis to see if tree roots, clogs, or cracked pipes is the problem. Call us at (317) 266-0000, or request service online.