One problem you'd rather not have to deal with as a homeowner is a sewer blockage. Even if the clog is in the line beneath your backyard before it reaches the main city sewer system, it is your responsibility to have the blockage repaired. This can lead to an expensive and lengthy repair that involves excavating your yard to fix a broken pipe. Here are some signs that you could have a sewer blockage problem
Standing Water, Odors, and Noise
There are a few warning signs that you'll be able to identify while in your home. A common problem is standing water in your bathtubs, sinks, or showers because the water is unable to go down the drain faster than you are using it. You may be taking a shower and find that you're standing in a few inches of water when that normally doesn't happen.
Odors can also happen when you have standing water in your home. This is due to the sewage actually backing up into your home rather than being behind the p-trap where it prevents the odors from coming back into the home. Clogged drains can also make gurgling sounds as all that water is forced back up the drain. If you see any of these problems, you definitely have a problem with a sewage blockage.
Visible Clean-Out Problems
Another way to identify a sewer blockage is to open up the sewer pipe's clean-out cap and take a peek inside. You should have one of these clean out pipes located outside your home, and it is how a plumber can get into the pipe with a camera to see what is down there, or to send down a sewer snake to break up clogs and tree roots.
Try opening up the pipe and taking a look inside. Sometimes you can actually see sewage near the top of this clean-out, which should not be there. This means that there is a blockage and the sewage is finding a place to go, so it's traveling back up the cleanup pipe that should be empty.
Fixing a problem with a blockage in your sewer line is a lot harder to do than you may think. Reach out to a residential plumber in your area to help diagnose and fix the problem. With a sewer camera and sewer snake, they'll be able to tell you if this problem requires a quick fix or an extensive repair.