Is it a mainline sewer stoppage?

by stevensplumbingac on April 2, 2013

If it is you’ve got a nasty business, and a plumbing emergency, on your hands. 

Phoenix sewer and drain cleaningA main line sewer stoppage…

… will cause multiple fixtures in your home to back up, making them unusable until the stoppage has been cleared.  In fact, that’s one of the main signs of a mainline stoppage: multiple fixtures are affected.  You’re most apt to see signs of a stoppage in the toilet first, but if the problem is with the main sewer line, you’ll also notice water backing up into sinks, showers or tubs, or see a gurgling in toilets in other bathrooms when you flush.  Visit our Sewer Line Repair page for more information about the symptoms of a mainline stoppage. 

Toilets, sink drains, tubs, showers…your entire plumbing system just stopped working!  Inconvenient?  Absolutely!  A health hazard?  You bet!  All that sewage that’s supposed to go into the sewer system is now backing up into your drains, maybe even backing up into tubs, showers, onto the floor of the bathroom. 

If you’ve got a mainline sewer stoppage…

… you’ll need to find a plumber in Phoenix that can come out right away to take care of this problem for you. 

What can you do in the meantime?  Not much!  Try not to use the plumbing in your house until the problem is fixed.  This will just exacerbate the problem.  Don’t use the toilets, don’t take showers, etc.  Really, all you can do is have your plumber clear the line as quickly as possible. 

You can, and should, however, ask your plumber to find out what’s causing the problem.  He may need to use sewer camera equipment to determine the cause of the problem, but this is a worthwhile investment if it reveals something like roots in the main sewer line or a break in the sewer pipe.  What ever the cause, you’ll want to get to the “root” of the problem and have it fixed to help avoid mainline stoppages in the future.

And, by the way, if your home is older and doesn’t have clean-outs, this would be an excellent time to check into have some installed. As you can see from this picture, if your plumber has to clear the stoppage from the roof vent, it’s a much more complicated process that includes hauling the equipment onto the roof of your home.   If you should have problems with sewer stoppages in the future, having clean-outs will make clearing the stoppage much easier and much more affordable. 

Questions? Give us a call!  An experienced Plumber is always available during business hours to answer your questions.

Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning
602) 273-7473

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