The Warning Signs of a Blocked Sewer

The Warning Signs of a Blocked Sewer. There are always a couple of warning signs to look out for, which let you know that something is wrong with your sewer line. 

Whether it’s an unwelcome splash of raw sewage that comes spilling out of your drain during a relaxing shower, or a revolting smell that lingers for weeks at a time, getting worse day by day, there are a couple of earlier indicators which could help you avoid a really unpleasant problem. 

As with most things in the home, the sooner you spot the signs, the easier the problem is to fix. It’s also usually a lot cheaper to resolve. Here are three signs of a clogged up sewer line which are really easy to spot, even for the most untrained eye. It doesn’t mean you’ll be able to fix the problem yourself, but at least you’ll be ready to contact someone who can.

Gurgling Toilets

This is by far the most frequent and obvious sign that homeowners use to determine the presence of a clogged up sewer line. The bubbly gurgling noise usually starts when water is being used in other parts of the house. Let’s say you’ve set the dishwasher to go, or you’ve just put some laundry on. If the toilet starts randomly gurgling away in the background, then it’s a sure sign that you’ve got a clogged up sewer. Toilets just don’t do that on their own.

Slow Drains

Usually one slow drain isn’t too much of a concern, except for that particular drain. An isolated example of a slow drain should be no cause for concern regarding clogged up sewers. If, however, we’re talking about multiple drains in the home becoming slower and slower in the draining process, then it’s pretty likely you have an issue with the sewer line. One is just a small issue, many are indicative of a much deeper problem.

Leaking Drains

No one wants to imagine clogged up sewage making its way back into the home, but it can happen, unfortunately. Whether it reappears through a floor drain, or through the toilet bowl itself, your sewer line is almost certainly clogged up if you see sewage again. It may even come back up through the bathtub drain, or the shower drain. It doesn’t really matter where it’s coming from though, it shouldn’t be happening, and if your sewer line is clogged up, you’ll want to get it sorted as soon as possible. 

Now, having a clogged up sewer line is not only gross for everyone involved, but it can also be very expensive to fix. The smell can be pretty tough to shift as well, even after the blockage is addressed. 

If any of the above signs are noticed, it is always advisable to seek the help of a professional. You don’t want to start poking and prodding about yourself, as you could end up making the problem worse. You might even end up giving yourself a very unpleasant soaking in a few weeks’ worth of your family’s waste and let’s face it, no one wants that.


This information from United Utilities is helpful.

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