What to do when you have a clogged pipe

Handyman on the scene

Clogged pipes are one of the most common problems in sewer lines, but do you know what to do when it happens?

When sewer pipes clog, it is a plumbing emergency because your wastewater has nowhere to go and could inevitably cause other plumbing fixtures to back up as well.

There are warning signs that will alert you to a problem – like a slow drain or a foul odor emanating from the drain. This means that something is impeding the flow in the line. When multiple drains are slow, it may be a sign of a bigger problem in the main line. Toilets are particularly prone to this problem, but other pipes could be involved. Toilets generally have the most direct path to the sewer with the biggest drain line in the house, so if you’re having a problem with the toilet, it’s likely affecting the entire household plumbing system.

If you suspect you have a clogged sewer pipe, it’s best to consult with a professional plumber rather than attempt to unclog the line yourself. It’s possible the problem could be more extensive than a simple fix and attempts at repairing the line yourself could cause more damage.

If you’re enrolled in external sewer line repair or in-home plumbing coverage with Service Line Warranties of America, this consultation would be a covered expense through the warranty program.

4 thoughts on “What to do when you have a clogged pipe

  1. i had 2 blocked drains and called roto rooter out to snake and grind out some roots blocking my pipe to the tune of 293 dollars… would that have been covered under my duel water pipe policy? i have both intake and output pipe insurance. this happened 2 days ago and i still have the bill if i can get re imbursed…. account number 070340172615

  2. The other day, I noticed that both my sink and shower drains aren’t draining as fast as they should be. Since this problem is happening for both of them at the same time, it sounds like I might have a problem with my main sewer line. Before things can get worse, I’ll start looking for a professional to take a look at everything. http://www.plumberswa.net.au/services

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