When the main sewer line is blocked, there is a much higher risk of experiencing unsanitary conditions and costly damage to your home. As such, it’s important to know when there’s an obstruction in your sewer line. The sooner you identify a clog, the greater chance you’ll have of preventing it from worsening. Here are a few signs to watch for in order to schedule an immediate septic service.

How to Know If You Have a Clogged Sewer Line

1. Multiple Slow or Backed-Up Drains

If you notice that multiple drains around your home are backed up or moving slowly, this is evidence of a problem with the main sewer line. You may also hear gurgling coming from your sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtub, as well as smell a strong sewage odor. 

2. Sewage Overflows Into Other Plumbing Fixtures

septic serviceWhen the main sewer line is clogged, your household’s wastewater has nowhere else to go but back up into your home’s various plumbing fixtures. This is likely the case if you flush the toilet and sewage comes out of the shower drain.

If you turn on the bathroom sink and the toilet water rises or bubbles, or you wash a load of laundry and water overflows into the bathtub or kitchen sink, schedule a septic service to determine the cause of the problem.

3. Drainage Around the Sewer Clean Out

Another indication that you’re facing a serious issue is sewage backup in or around the sewer cleanout. This is a pipe located in the basement or on the home’s exterior that connects to the main sewer line. It’s marked by a circular lid and labeled.

If you see sewage flowing out of the pipe or you take the lid off and there’s standing water inside, you have a clog in the line. 



If you suspect trouble with your sewer line, trust Great Bear Septic Service to deliver a quick and efficient solution. Using their industry knowledge, they’ll find the source of the problem and provide you with the most suitable and cost-effective remedy. Offering more than 30 years of septic services, the company will help you keep your sewage system operating at its best. Call (845) 621-0250 for service throughout New York’s Putnam, Westchester, and Southern Dutchess counties, or visit them online to learn more about their services.