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Why You Really Don’t Want To Have To Fix a Sewer Line clog

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If you thought having blocked drains in your kitchen sink was terrible, then brace yourself because the sewer line clog is a lot worse. When sewer lines have clogs, things get very serious as every plumbing fixture is affected. All your drains will run slowly despite all your efforts to clear them and you will hear gurgling sounds coming from the waste pipes after you flush your toilet. If you’re really unlucky, sewage will begin to back out of some of your drains. A clogged sewer line basically makes blocked drains seem like a Christmas present in comparison.

Most sewer line clogs form as a result of a buildup of debris in them over time. Roots of trees grow into pipes through tiny cracks or loose joints as they are attracted to the warmth and moistures of the sewer lines. They then begin to get larger and larger and before long, debris begins to accumulate on these roots thus narrowing the diameter of the pipes and slowing down the water flow. This also aids in faster build up of the sewer line clog. See blocked drains Sydney North Shore.

I know what you’re thinking: “That’s all well and good, but what I want to really know is how to fix the sewer line clog?!” Well, it might be better to hire a sewer cleaning professional as fixing a sewer line clog is a lot messier than fixing blocked drains or leaking sinks. However, if you’re more of a D-I-Yourselfer, here’s a simple step by step procedure. Before you begin, ensure that you are dressed properly for the job. Wear rubber boots, old faded clothes, and get a flash light, sewer line snake and your tool box. The steps are as follows:

  1. Identify your sewer clean out and remove the cap. You should expect some sewage water to flow out when you do so.
  2. Then slowly thread in the sewer line snake and push it as far into the line as it can go. When you hit an obstruction, work the line back and forth till you can get it to move past the clog.
  3. Using a back and forth motion, slowly pull the sewer line snake out of the sewer line. If you were successful in unclogging the sewer line, the water level in the pipes should be reduced and when you flush the toilet, the gurgling sounds should be gone and there should be no sewage backing up.
  4. Disinfect everything from clothing to tools to anything that had contact with sewage water and clean the floor with disinfectant solution.

If this method fails, however, hire a sewer cleaning professional and using tools such as an auger, a high pressure water jet, etc, he should be able to blow all roots or obstructions down the line. So, the next time you get blocked drains, be grateful it’s not a sewer line clog instead.