Your sewer line plays a crucial role in your home’s plumbing system. Its job is to collect wastewater and carry it into the main sewer line. Unfortunately, sewer lines can get clogged from grease, fat, or even toys if you have young children in the home. When this occurs, the wastewater has nowhere to go except back into your home. So if you have a sewer drain clog, you should immediately contact your local plumber and have your sewer line cleaned.

Signs It’s Time For Sewer Line Cleaning

Your plumbing is one of those things you never really think about until something goes horribly wrong. Below are some signs to help you catch a drain clog before it gets seriously out of hand.

Multiple Clogs

Slow drains are generally the first sign a clog is forming. Oftentimes you can clear a clog using a plunger or drain snake, but if more than one drain in your home is clogged or draining slowly, the sewer line itself may have an obstruction.

Showers, bathtubs, and toilets are generally the first to show signs of clogs because they’re lower than other drains.

Foul Odors

The smell of sewage is unmistakable. If you catch a whiff of sewage coming from the drains in your home, you could have a dried-out p-trap or a clogged sewer line. To rule out if it’s your p-trap, try pouring water down the drain to see if that solves the issue. If the odors persist, it’s most likely your sewer line.


Does water back up into your shower or bathtub when your washing machine runs or after you flush the toilet? This is often a clear indication that your sewer line needs cleaning.

Pools Of Water In The Yard

If you notice your yard is spongy or puddling, this is an indication of a serious plumbing issue. When it reaches this point, you may also need your sewer line repaired.

How Often Do I Need My Sewer Line Cleaned?

We generally recommend everyone should have their sewer line serviced at least once a year, but if you have a large family or more plumbing fixtures in your home, you may need more frequent scheduled maintenance.

If you’ve experienced any of the signs listed above, contact your plumber as soon as possible, like Clog Pro. We offer sewer drain cleaning services to homeowners and businesses, as well as video detection so we can find the exact source of the problem. You can count on us to clear any clog, even when caused by garden gnomes, literally! Take a look at this video of us in action!