Having a major plumbing malfunction at any time of the year is disruptive. However, having a plumbing disaster come up while you are away from home or, at home but hosting overnight guests can be especially stressful.
The main sewer line is the most likely section of your plumbing system to give you troubles this time of year. Things like clogs or cracks in the line are both possible – though not exactly common.
However, if you do have the misfortune of having your main sewer line break down you will definitely be thankful that it doesn’t happen on a regular basis.
Luckily, there are some things that you can keep your eyes opened for to minimize the damage of a main sewer line problem:
If you notice that any of your plumbing fixtures are acting strange at the same time that you are using another plumbing fixture – you should contact a plumber right away. For instance, if your bathroom sink gurgles when you flush the toilet – you probably have a main sewer line problem.
If you have several trees growing on your property, it is a good idea to have your main sewer line serviced and video inspected on an annual basis to check and see if any of the root systems of those trees are encroaching on the pipes. This is the most common cause of sewer line problems.
It is next to impossible for the toilets in your home to function properly if there is a problem with the main sewer line. If your toilets are not flushing properly or are getting clogged over and over again for no reason – it is a good idea to call a plumber for help.
Any of these signs would be considered an emergency plumbing situation and you should call for a plumber right away. This is especially true as we move through the winter season and the weather gets to be a little harsh on your plumbing system.