3 Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Cleaning

Many homeowners don’t think about their sewage pipes until there is a problem. It is easy for these lines to get clogged with hair, grease, food particles, paper products and even ice. If this happens, it is best to have a professional assess the damage instead of using drain cleaning solutions that erode pipes. Plumbers use a drain snake or a hydro jet Hillsboro OR to free clogs safely and quickly. Here are three signs that it’s time to call an expert to inspect your sewer lines.

1 Foul Odor 

Sometimes an indication of a clogged drain is a mysterious smell in your house. Once the water drains from a clogged pipe, rotting food or sewage that has collected there causes an odor to permeate around your home. This smell may attract fruit flies. If you notice one or both of these nuisances, investigate if the smell is around your drains.  

2 Noisy Pipes

In an unclogged drainage line, air and water are free to pass throughout. When air gets trapped in front of clogs, you can hear gurgling through the drain as the air bubbles pop and allow water to flow. Sometimes this trapped air even causes bubbles to come up through your toilet.

3 Slow Drains

Water should empty out of sinks, toilets, tubs and showers without any pooling. You should not see water rising to your ankles in the shower or your washing machine with water in the bottom at the end of a cycle. When multiple drains back up with water simultaneously, it indicates that the home’s main sewer line is blocked. When the water has nowhere to drain, it will back up into your home. 

Any of these signs of clogs in your home’s water pipes are cause for concern. Get them cleaned professionally to avoid a bigger problem.