Four Ways To Tell Your Sewer Line Is Clogged

Sewage is the one thing that no facility manager wants to deal with on a workday. With any luck, you are working with a top-notch MaintenX team that performs regular preventative care services on your plumbing system. However, if you’re coming to us for the first time due to a plumbing issue, we are excited to get you back on track and hopefully avoid future sewage issues in the future. 


If you are suspicious of a clogged sewer line, these warning signs can help you diagnose and determine whether the issue is worth a service call. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your MaintenX team immediately: 


Multiple drains are slow.

If you have one drain at your facility that is slow, you more than likely have a simple clog near the surface. It could be hair, grease, or food in the case of a commercial kitchen. However, if multiple drains throughout the facility are slow or backing up, it is likely an issue with the main sewer line. 


Wastewater is backing up in one drain when another is in use. 

If water is backing up into the office sink every time you use the bathroom, there is likely a deeper issue going on. This could be a sign that your system is clogged, or that it has a break and is not draining properly. Either way, it’s important to notify your MaintenX team of the issue before it gets worse. 


Your sink smells funny, even when it’s clean. 

Commercial kitchen sinks and office sinks can start to develop an odor over time, especially if they are in heavy use between cleanings. However, if you start to notice a rotten smell coming from your sink at all times, it may be time to call the plumber. Your sewage may be backing up which is not only nasty, but can lead to expensive plumbing repairs if left unchecked. 


You hear a gurgling noise coming from the bathroom or kitchen.

Gurgling noises are never a good sign within a commercial facility. If you hear one coming from a drain such as a bathroom toilet or kitchen sink, call your plumber immediately. This is likely a sign that your plumbing will soon back up, which is something you don’t want to take lightly. 


Luckily, With MaintenX by your side, you never have to worry about plumbing disasters. We provide preventative care services including regular inspections and hydro jet cleaning to ensure your plumbing is in tip-top shape. And, if you do ever have a sewage leak or backflow, we are available 24/7 for your plumbing emergencies. Nobody has better plumbing service than your MaintenX team! 

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