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Clogged Sewer Lines


A clogged sewer line is one of the most disturbing and inconvenient issues we face that requires an immediate look by professionals. It disrupts your waste disposal mechanism, the wastewater can't leave the sewer line and comes back eventually. This issue is not something you can usually repair yourself without extra tools and experience.

At Williams Plumbing, Heating & Air, we provide all kinds of plumbing services including sewer line servicing. With over 45 years of experience serving the people of Guilford County, we have an excellent record of reliability, customer satisfaction, and a job well done.


Depending on your system and surroundings, there are multiple causes of the sewer line getting clogged. First and foremost, it depends on how the lines are situated. People often overlook the importance of setting up a durable sewer line, but it causes lots of frustration in the long run. Sharp bends, leveling, pipe material quality, gas formation, and even the presence of a heating source or temperature gradient can cause sewer lines to malfunction and lose their longevity, resulting in clogging.

Then there's the surrounding. Sewer lines often get interfered with by the surrounding objects and other things like plant roots. Lines can get damaged as a result of continuous pressure from the outside, sharp materials can leak the lines and outside wastes can get in through the cracks. You also need to consider what you're flushing down the toilet, as heavier and larger waste materials can clog them pretty easily, and even the lighter ones if your piping is not big enough.


Clogging is often not detectable at its initial stage, and when you see the signs, it's already in a bad shape. The first signs often occur in toilets, as they have a direct connection and the largest waste material to transfer. You might experience that water and wastes aren't flushing down properly, or taking too long to flush, as a result, the flush water stays in the pan for quite a long time. This usually means that your main sewage line is clogged, which often requires the most work to repair.

If your kitchen sinks, bathing lines, and other plumbing features aren't working but the toilet is working fine, it means the mainline is okay but the issue is in the secondary piping lines, in which case it's easier to repair. Clogged lines often make noises and the drainage is slower than usual. Sometimes when you dispose of too much wastewater through your sinks, it can come back up through the toilet pan. These are the signs of a clogged sewer line. Over a long period, the wastewater may be drained, which means there are still small passages for the waste to go, but if it doesn't move at all, it means your sewage lines are completely blocked. In this case, don't add more water to clean it up, as it'll worsen the situation.


Clogged sewer lines are difficult to repair without the right set of tools and experience. Initially, you can try to release the pressure of your main sewage line and see how that works. Oftentimes, the pressure buildup is the main culprit of these issues, and it might be solved by this. Usually, there are some sewage disposal lines for emergencies like this, and you turn off the main water supply and dispose of the clogged wastes through these.

However, if that doesn't work, you can manually try to force the clogged objects to clear out by using chemicals and other methods. These are labor-intensive jobs and require time too, but don't guarantee an outright positive result. In cases like these, you should seek professional help, as they come with all the important tools.


We at Williams Plumbing, Heating & Air, can help you with all types of plumbing needs. Whether your sewage lines need conventional cleansing methods or replacement jobs, we're here for the job. Clogged sewer lines are a very disturbing and inconvenient issue you can face, that requires immediate maintenance. Our teams of experts are always ready to pick up your phone call and you can secure an appointment quickly and easily, any day of the week. Reach us at Williams to get the best solutions for plumbing issues like clogged sewer lines.

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Tommy was great at quickly determining the issue and making the necessary fixes. Williams Heating and Plumbing always does a go job for me.

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