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Our Plumbers Reveal 7 Red Flags For Your Sewer Lines and Main Drains!

When you provide the drain cleaning Boston depends on for major plumbing emergencies, you see the same problems over and over. Whether you realize it or not, your home’s plumbing and sewer system has an early warning system, and if you know what to look for you can prevent a plumbing problem from becoming a plumbing nightmare.

Warning Signs For Your Sewer Lines and Main Drains…

Let’s start at the beginning. Any sewer line repair expert will tell you the same thing — always get a sewer camera inspection BEFORE moving into a new home (usually $250 to $350). If there are problems with your sewer or drain, you need to know before they get any worse. That’s because a homeowner’s responsibility starts where the city sewer system begins. Even if your home’s sewer lines run under the sidewalk or street, you still might need to pay for them to be repaired or replaced!

Fortunately, there are ways to tell if your home’s drain or sewer lines aren’t working properly. So how can you prevent clogs and broken pipes from getting worse, and what are the red flags to watch out for?

  1. If your home is more than 40 years old, you should plan on one day replacing the sewer lines.

  2. If you live in an old neighborhood with old trees, then your pipes are at risk. A tree’s root system usually only goes 12 to 36 inches below the surface, but it can extend two or three times the diameter of the above-ground canopy. And if you have an older home, you probably have fired clay pipes extremely vulnerable to tree root intrusion.

  3. If water starts backing up and pooling around your basement drain, you may have a main line clog.

  4. If you can hear your pipes gurgling or making noises like a coffee maker, you may have a clog in the works.

  5. If water backs up from your toilet or kitchen sink, you have a garden-variety clog. But if water from your toilet backs up in your sink, or water from your sink backs into the toilet, then you likely have a main sewer line clog down the line.

  6. Frequent clogs that keep coming back, even after water pipe repair.

  7. Some of the most common clogs our drain cleaning company sees are the result of solid debris from the garbage disposal or toilet. Remember: sewer repair experts say that you should never flush things like cotton swabs, bacon grease, tampons and other sanitary napkins, diapers, condoms, paper towels, and other heavy items. Even so-called “flushable” wipes often cause clogs.

Ignore this advice, and you could have untreated sewage back up into your home, or you could end up on the line for expensive sewer line replacement. Often, a drain cleaning company can fix these problems by snaking your drain or using hydro jetting services to clear away a clog, but ignore these problems and they could get a whole lot worse! If you see any of these red flags, contact a local drain cleaning company ASAP.

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