Imagine that you arrive home tired after a long day at work and decide to take a shower to relax, and upon entering the shower you immediately find that there is sewage in your bathtub and an unpleasant smell in your bathroom. That is why it is vitally important that we keep our main lines clear of obstructions to avoid this and other problems. The first thing to do in these cases is to identify the problem that is causing the mainline to be clogged. Next, we show you 5 signs that you may have an accumulated blockage in your mainline and that you need a plumber to clean it.
What is the mainline?
When a plumber refers to the mainline, he is talking about the main pipe that is found throughout his house. There are two main lines, which are; drainage or sewer line and water supply line. When a drain that is fed to this line is blocked, it will be necessary to clean it so that the drain is restored. When the main sewer line is obstructed, things become much more complicated. The mainline is harder to reach without specialized tools and experience. An accumulation of water behind an obstruction in the mainline can cause wastewater to accumulate.
Observe these 5 obstruction warning signs to keep in mind:
1- Bubbles in your water:
If you see bubbling water or bubbling noise coming from your water fittings, you have an obstruction in your mainline. Bubbles are usually caused by the air trapped in the water between the obstruction and the drains. This can also cause a fluctuation in the level of water in the toilet bowl.
2- Strange gurgling noises:
You should not hear noises coming from your sinks, toilets or bathtubs, if the plumbing is working correctly, but if the mainline is developing an obstruction, you may hear a gurgling sound coming from the drains. This is the sound of the water that recedes into its drains since it cannot pass the blockage.
3- A recurring backup problem:
Most houses have a drain obstruction caused by hair or food that compacts over time. This can be easily eliminated, but if you find that this happens regularly, you may have a blocked mainline. An obstruction located on the mainline is causing debris to accumulate in the drains of your home and, as a result, obstructions are forming regularly.
4- There is a horrible smell:
If you feel an unpleasant smell coming out of the drains, there may be a blockage in the mainline. A blocked main line prevents sewage drainage and, as a result, settles in the pipes and decomposes. The smell is very unpleasant and distinctive, and it is a sure sign that you need to call your local plumber.
5- Strange drainage problems throughout the home:
If you discover that flushing the toilet is causing water to drain from the shower drain, there is an obstruction in your mainline. Any kind of strange behavior connected between different drains, such as washing your hands in the sink and noticing a drop in the water level of the toilet bowl, is a sure sign that there is an obstruction somewhere.
A good idea to have in handy in case you face a problem like this, remember until a plumber arrives at your house to fix the problem, you could use a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It doesn't always work, but it's worth a shot.