4 Sewer Main Drain Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Sewer main drains are vital to a home’s plumbing system. If the home is suffering from a drain clog, you’ll need to know your way around a sewer main drain. You may need to call on a plumber, but knowing these few tips may allow you to save money and understand how the plumbing system works on a deeper level.

1. Drain Snakes Are the First Go-to Option

Plumbing snakes or drain snakes are a go-to option for most clogs. These snakes can be purchased at a hardware store or online. When a clog occurs, these snakes are put into the drain to help breakup of the clog.

The snake will move its way into the drain, and if you’re lucky, you’ll locate the clog and hopefully be able to push it along.

If you’ve used a drain snake and the clog persists, you may need to have your sewer drain line serviced by a professional.

2. Know Where to Find a Sewer Clean-out

A clean-out is able to help you remove sewer drain clogs, and if you don’t have a clean-out, you can have a sewer main clean-out installed to correct the issue. Previous homeowners may have had frequent clogs, and this is why so many professionals are now recommending a plumbing system inspection when buying older homes.

“A sewer inspection is not typically included in a general home inspection, but it is just as important.  Like any other home repairs, the time to discover a sewer problem is before buying the home. In older homes, this is especially true,” states Jim Dandy Sewer & Plumbing.

But if you’re already in a home, you can try and locate the clean-out which is often installed:

  • Into the concrete slab in the basement
  • Near the bathroom
  • Near foundation walls

Clean-outs allow for the main to be snaked, and they can also allow you to release the main line allowing the water to leak outside of the home rather than causing damage inside of the home.

3. Main Drain Lines Might Not Be Able to be Cleared

Clogs can be so intense that they cannot be cleared. When this happens, you’ll want to talk to a plumber to have the issue assessed. The plumber will try to snake the line, but when they cannot clear it, they’ll tell you.

Before having the main line replaced, the costs are very high, make a call to a second plumber to get a second opinion.

If the second plumber says that the line cannot be cleared, you’ll need to replace the line.

4. Knowing When It’s Time for a Replacement or Major Repair

Replacement or repair is required, but how do you know that it’s really time to take the dive and pay for the replacement or repair? A lot of homeowners claim that you should make the decision to repair or replace if the line backs up more than once a year.

Of course, if snaking corrects the issue, a lot of homeowners will wait until the problem is bad enough that snaking the line is no longer viable.

In this case, a licensed, professional plumber can help.