Sewer problems are common in older households, but all homes may need sewer cleaning from time to time. As a homeowner, you’re responsible sewer lines that connect to your property. Being able to tell when your home needs a sewer line cleaning can help you avoid disastrous problems.

How can you tell if your home needs a sewer line cleaning?

If your home needs a sewer cleaning, there may or may not be warning signs. Some of the signs to look for include

  • Sinks and bathtubs drain slowly all over the house. If one drain is slow, this is likely because of a clog in that specific drain. If all of your drains are slow, this is a sign that the sewer line needs to be cleaned.
  • Flushing water down one drain causes water to rise somewhere else. If flushing your toilet causes waste water to appear in your bathtub, for example, this is a sign that the sewer line is clogged.
  • Strange gurgling noises in your drains. When the sewer line needs to be cleaned, you may hear sounds you didn’t used to hear when flushing waste water down the drain.
  • Presence of a sewer gas odor in the house. If you smell sewer gas in your home, this could be a sign that the sewer line is backing up. (This could also be a sign that water has evaporated out of a P-trap somewhere in your home, so don’t panic at the first hint of a bad odor.)

If your home is displaying one or more of the above warning signs, contact a certified plumber right away. The plumber will be able to tell you for sure if your home needs a sewer linecleaning.

How often should you get the sewer lines cleaned?

Every property is different. If members of your household frequently flush adult wipes or kitty litter down the toilet, you’ll need to get your sewer line cleaned more often than a household that does not. If your property has many deep-rooted trees growing near your sewer line, this will also necessitate frequent sewer line cleaning.

What can happen if you fail to get a sewer line cleaning on time?

If you fail to get a sewer line cleaning when one is needed, the sewer can backup into your home. This could be a minor event that results in raw sewage in your bathtub, or this could be an expensive problem that results in a layer of raw sewage all over your basement floor.

Can you clean the sewer lines yourself?

There are some DIY chemical cleaning products available at home improvement centers that will kill and remove tree roots from the sewer lines, however, tree roots may not be the problem. The best way to clean the sewer lines is to call a certified professional plumber. He or she will be able to assess the state of the sewer and perform a proper sewer line cleaning.