Homeowner Tip: What to Do When Your Sewer Main Clogs

Sewer and drain clogs are not fun problems to deal with. But rest assured, you are at the right place for the next steps to take. People love asking us questions, and we love to answer. These are the steps you can to take to deal with this situation.

For those who do not feel the need to try to attempt to clear the drain, at least try to locate your clean out outside to release the backup water pressure, from the inside to outside. sewer-main-clogFirst you want to shut off the fixture that is overflowing and very important not to run any water in the home. Grab a plunger because if it is a soft stoppage the plunger should work. Use the plunger in the toilet and give forceful plunges. You will want to make sure to plunge multiple times and give it a few minutes to allow the sewer a chance to drain. If plunging is not working go to the next step.

Next, you will want to locate a cleanout outside in the yard, Cleanouts are the sewer access point to clean or clear the drain and used as a relief to prevent inside home damage. Tip: if you have an alleyway in your backyard the sewer cleanout may be in the back yard, check there first. This is a picture of what your cleanout should look like. Once located, you will need pliers to remove the cap. Follow the “righty tighty, lefty loosey” rule. Once open, the water will flow out from the inside to the outside. It’s normal to have water come up from the cleanout.

Next, you can rent a mainline snake at most home centers. Make sure they carry a 60 to 80 foot ¾ inch snake. Be sure you get leather gloves to protect your hands. Do not use rubber or latex as they can bind up in the cable and cause personal harm.

The cable must have the appropriate tips to clear those stubborn stoppages. You can start with a single blade and if that is unsuccessful move to a double blade. Very important to slowly move the cable down the drain and not to use too much force. If the cable binds up, or you are having difficulty opening the drain it may be time to call a professional.

For more information on sewer main clogs, or to have one our professionals out to your home, give The Twin Plumbers a call today!