Signs of a Clogged Sewer Vent

Most people are aware that drains can be clogged. Food, hair or other debris can plug a pipe and cause a drain backup. What not everyone realizes is that there are other pipes that can impact your plumbing and sewer lines. Sewer vents allow to air to escape the sewer lines and are integral to creating the pressurized system needed for proper drainage. The vent pipes run from your drain pipes and come out on your roof. When a sewer vent is clogged, it could cause drainage issue in your home. Here are some signs that you may have a clogged sewer vent.

Gurgling Drains

If you hear gurgling after your flush your toilet or drain the tub, you could have a sewer vent clog. The gurgling can be air escaping up through the drain, instead of up the sewer vent pipe. You may see bubbles coming up through the water in a draining sink, tub or toilet.

Sewer Odors

If air is coming up your drains instead of using the sewer vent, you could notice sewer odors coming from your drains. This means they are not working correctly.

Slow Drains and Ongoing Clogs

Sewer vents can be clogged for months and causing ongoing problems. If your toilet or other drains seem to backup more often than normal, or several drains are slow, it could be a sewer vent clog. Leaves, pests and other debris can get inside the vent and block the airway. You could also have a clog where the vent pipe intersects with the drain pipe, causing backups and slow drains.

If you have any of these signs of a clogged sewer vent, contact your local plumber or sewer service company. They can inspect your sewer vent and drain pipes to find and fix the problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Warning Signs Your Main Sewer Line is Clogged

Under your yard, large sewer pipes sweep away waste from your home. Whether you have a septic system or are connected to a municipal sewer system, these sewer lines are critical to keep your plumbing working correctly. Many homeowners can go years, even decades, without any problems with their sewer lines, especially if they keep up with maintenance. However, clogs and do form and when they do, they can cause a sewer backup into your home. Here are some of the warning signs that you may have a clog forming in your main sewer line.

  • Slow drains. If you notice more than one drain in your home is slow, it could be a clog in your sewer line. It usually begins with the drains closest to the sewer line outlet in the lower levels of the home. If only one drain is slow, it is more likely a localized clog in your plumbing.
  • Bad odors. When you smell sewage near your drains or in your yard, you may have a sewer line clog. Sewage may be trapped in the pipes and the fumes can come up through your sink and shower drains.
  • Wet spot in the yard. If a tree root has clogged your sewer line, it could also cause a leak in the pipe, letting sewage out into the soil. This can cause a wet area in the yard or a green spot in your lawn.

If you have any signs of a sewer line clog, don’t hesitate to call your sewer professional. Clearing it before it gets worse can prevent a sewer backup in your home and the damage that it can create. Many sewer line clogs can be swiftly removed with hydro-jetting by your local sewer service company.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Smelly Drain Solutions

There is nothing worse than a foul smell coming from the drains in your kitchen or bathroom. If you have tried all of the common cleaning methods and are still noticing an unpleasant smell of sulfur, why not try some of these helpful hints in order to properly clean and clear your drains.

One area of the drain that often gets over looked and is particularly prone to the build up of residue and grime is the drain pop up. Release the stopper and thoroughly clean this whole section of drainage. When residue builds up excessively in this area, it can lead to further problems in more difficult to access sections of the drainage.

The next action that should be taken in order to tackle your foul smelling drains is to ensure that there are no blockages causing the problem. Carefully use a screwdriver or clothes hangers to release and pull out any hair or grime that is creating a blockage and then follow this step by flushing hot water down the pipe. Removing the grime will go along way to getting rid of the odor but hot water is necessary to kill any bacteria and push smaller gunk down and out of the drain.

In the case of particularly big blockages or ones that occur out of access to a long screwdriver, your only option may be to get under the sink and dissemble part of the piping. The elbow pipe serves an important purpose of storing water to prevent sewer gases from moving back up the pipe and into the home.  Sometimes the accumulation of gunk in the elbow is the cause of the foul odor so cleaning this area of pipe every so often can prove to be beneficial.

If your drain still has a foul odor, call your plumber or sewer septic professional to have you drain lines and sewer system inspected.  You may need professional drain cleaning or the smell could be a sign of a more serious problem.