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Multiple Toilet Clogs: It's Time To Inspect Your Sewer Line

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If both toilets in your home don't empty completely after you flush them, you may need to inspect your sewer line soon. It isn't uncommon for a toilet to clog up during the year. But when two toilets clog up at the same time or back-to-back, something could be wrong with the home's main sewer line. Learn why both your toilets fail to flush and how a sewer line inspection can locate the source of the problem below.

What's Wrong With Your Toilets?

Many homeowners have two bathrooms in their homes for convenience. However, multiple bathrooms can experience some issues over time, including toilet clogs. When multiple toilets and other plumbing fixtures clog up at the same time, the main sewer line may be the reason why.

The main sewer line, or main drain, describes the large cast iron, clay, or PVC pipe that sits beneath your property's ground. The drain attaches or connects to the smaller plumbing lines found in your kitchen, bathroom, and basement. Every waste product that enters and leaves your home's plumbing lines empties into the main sewer line. If the main sewer line cracks, collapses, or breaks under the ground, it can trigger clogs inside your home, including blockages in your toilets.

You can't see inside your main drain without a special camera. A camera can evaluate the internal and external surfaces of your main drain. In the majority of cases, a sewer line camera can locate defects in a sewer line very quickly. You can view the condition of your main sewer line with a plumber's help. 

How Can a Sewer Line Inspection Solve Your Problem? 

A plumber will need to obtain direct access to your main drain before they can inspect it with a camera. The best way to access your sewer line is through your sewer line's clean-out pipe. The clean-out is a small outlet or access pipe that sits near the surface of the ground. A plumber may need to do a quick search for the outlet before they can access it. 

After a plumber finds and opens the clean-out pipe, they'll insert a camera directly into it. A plumber will gently and slowly navigate the camera through the sewer line. As the camera moves through the pipe, it'll pick up and relay images to a plumber. A plumber can evaluate the camera footage until they find the source of your toilet clogs.

Once a plumber locates the causes of your clogs, they'll go over the things you can do to repair them. If the sewer line contains multiple problems, such as cracks throughout the pipe, a plumber may recommend that you replace it. If you don't replace the line, you may end up with additional issues with your plumbing.  

Learn more about sewer lines and how you can inspect your line by contacting a plumber today. Check it out!