Simple Steps To Deal With A Clogged Sewer Line
A clogged sewer line is a serious issue and one that needs to be addressed quickly and effectively. If the sewage from your property has nowhere to go then it will back up and start to infiltrate your home. As sewage is hazardous to health, smells terrible, and will necessitate the replacement of all fixtures and fittings, it is best avoided where possible.
The good news is that avoiding sewer clogs is surprisingly easy. You simply need to invest in a drain camera and use it a couple of times a year It slides through the pipes, allowing you to see inside them and identify any issues. You should also do this whenever you experience slow drainage on your appliances. This suggests a clog is building.
Don’t forget, a clog in your pipes will affect one appliance, a clog in the main sewer line affects all your appliances.
Here are the steps you should take to deal with a clog.
Shut Off the Water
When you have a clog the last thing you want to do is allow any more water down the drains. It will simply overflow into your home. The best way to prevent this is to shut off the main water valve. This will stop water from being accessible inside your home and prevent accidents from happening.
You should know where your main stop valve is and be able to turn it off at a moment’s notice.
The next step is to clear up any mess that has already flowed into your home. You will want to use gloves and a good disinfectant to remove the waste and clean the surfaces afterward. Don’t forget, you can’t pour the liquid and waste down the drains, it will simply fill your home again. You may need to dispose of it in the garden o simply hold onto it until the sewer pipe is unclogged.
You can get special drain rods that slide inside the sewer pipe and break the clog up. The pipes screw together, allowing you to make them as long as they need to be while inserting them. The front pipe usually has a spike or alternative piece on to help break up the clog.
You’ll need to enter the sewer pipe through a sewer drain on your property. You must be careful that the pressure caused by breaking the clog doesn’t force the trapped waste into the air and into your face.
It is important to note that you can only access the sewer pipe on your property. Never try to remove a clog in the main sewer line, you will need to contact the water board.
If the clog is on your property and you are unable to shift it, or don’t want to try, then you need professional help. Call an emergency plumber and they will handle the problem for you, quickly and efficiently. That is what they are trained for!