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When a Minor Drain Clog Isn’t So Minor

Here is a common misunderstanding we often encounter in our work as professional plumbers: homeowners who think a clogged drain is only a minor problem that doesn’t require assistance from a trained plumber. Sometimes, a drain clog is a small hassle and only needs the application of a plunger or a hand-crank drain snake to clear it out. This isn’t always the case though. What seems like a standard drain clog may be a symptom of a more serious problem.

Sewer Line Troubles

What’s the big, scary problem hiding behind innocuous drain clogs? A damaged or blocked sewer line. The sewer line is the pipe that removes the collected wastewater from a house and transports it out to the municipal sewer line (or septic tank if there’s no municipal connection). A sewer line can become damaged because of an earthquake—even small ones can do it—tree root infiltration, chemicals in the soil or the water, or aging materials. When a sewer line is broken or blocked, it will soon mean worse problems then clogged drains!

How Can I Know the Drain Problem Is a Big One?

There are some warning signs to tell you when you have something more serious than a standard drain clog:

  • Drains don’t remain unclogged for long after you use a plunger or drain snake on them.
  • Multiple drains in the house are clogged at one time.
  • The clogs are emitting an unpleasant odor of sewage.
  • The drains are making a gurgling sound (sewer gas rising through the water).

When in doubt, leave the work to professionals! Sewer line issues must be found and corrected as soon as possible.

When you have a clog you suspect is a bit more serious than it looks—or if it’s a clog you can’t clear with a plunger or drain snake—call our professionals for drain cleaning in Pomona, CA. We’ll handle the sewer lines services if you need them. (And don’t try to use chemical drain cleaners! These can harm your drainpipes and harm you.)

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