How to Tell if Your Sewer Needs Cleaning

manhole-coverIt can be difficult to tell when your plumbing system needs professional services, since so much of it is hidden from view. This is especially true for the sewer system, which doesn’t obviously display issues in most cases. If you know what to look for, though, you can identify certain signs that your sewer system needs some help. The most common sewer issues are usually clogs, which can be dealt with using professional cleaning services. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you should look for which indicate that you need sewer cleaning services.

Bad Smells

Your home’s plumbing system is actually designed to keep not only waste water, but sewer gases flowing in one direction. However, there are times when the safeguards designed to keep this from happening will fail. If you notice bad smells coming out of the drains in your home, it’s a pretty clear sign that you need sewer cleaning services. This is especially true if you have horrible smells coming out of multiple drains throughout your home. This symptom could be caused by a number of different issues. Waste buildup in the sewer line can cause bad smells to filter up into the home, especially if the sewer line hasn’t been cleaned in a while. This is the most common cause.

Frequent Backups

Most sewer line clogs don’t happen suddenly. Rather, they form over time as waste continues to build up on the walls of the pipe. The closer the clog comes to completion, the more the flow of wastewater through the pipe is restricted. So, oftentimes an early sign that you need to have your sewer line cleaned is frequent backups in your plumbing system. This is especially true with appliances like toilets. Professional sewer cleaning services will remove the waste buildup, and restore the sewer line to proper operation.

Failure to Drain

Of course, the final and most obvious sign that you really need professional sewer cleaning services is if your system isn’t draining at all. Whether the problem is located in the sewer system itself, or in a smaller branch line, must be determined through professional inspection. Regardless, the method of cleaning is more or less the same. Hydro jetting or drain snaking can be used to clean out practically any blockage in either your drain or sewer line. If the problem has become so bad that nothing will drain through the sewer line at all, though, it’s best that you have it checked out as soon as possible.

As with most plumbing and sewer issues, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Contact a professional plumber if you suspect that you need to have your sewer system cleaned, even if you aren’t entirely sure that something is wrong with it. You’ll be glad you did, in the end.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC provides a full range of sewer cleaning services in Crystal Lake, IL. If you need sewer cleaning services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. We’ll make sure that your sewer system serves you well.  

Comments are closed.