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3 Crucial Sewer Blockage Warning Signs!

Sewer Blockage Warning Signs

Warning: This is about to get nasty!

Brace yourself.

Just don’t look away.  Because you can either read about it happening to someone else or let it happen to you.

Imagine with us for a second: You walk through the front door into your home. Sniff. Sniff. The smell burns your nostrils. You gag. The bathroom sink. The kitchen sink. The shower. Overflowing with raw sewage.

That disaster is the reality of a clogged sewer line backing up into a house.

Similar to a clogged drain but on a larger scale, a blockage in your main sewer line, can force raw sewage through every drain in your home.

Read on to learn why it happens and how to recognize the warning signs.

Backed Up Sewer: Worst Case Scenario

As a homeowner, this is your worst, wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night, cold sweat nightmare. Raw sewage, primarily feces, bubbling from every single drain in your house.

Think about every single surface in your home, near a drain, covered in liquefied human waste.

drain clog

The Cost: you’ll pay to replace every surface covered in sewage — as well as fix your sewer line.

The Danger: Salmonella, Ecoli, Hepatitis, Hookworms and that’s just to name a few.

Feeling brave? Watch a sewer backup video.

What is a Sewer Blockage?

Sewer blockages occur when an obstruction blocks your house’s primary sewer line. This means that all the waste you assume you’re flushing down your drains isn’t leaving the way it should be.

What Causes a Sewer Blockage?

  • Flushing non-degradable waste down your toilet
  • Build-up of food grease from the sink or garbage disposal
  • Tree roots growing into your sewer pipe
  • Pipes corroding or degrading from age

Clogged Drain Pipe vs. Clogged Sewer Line

A sewer blockage is nastier than a drain clog.
A sewer blockage is nastier than a drain clog.

Same principle, totally different scale.

Clogged drains block your in-home piping, whereas a sewer clog occurs in the underground main sewer line.

Compared to a clogged drain pipe, a clogged sewer line is the nasty big brother with a criminal record and a penchant for transforming a clean bathroom into the inside of a septic tank.

Read more about clogged drains.

Can I Handle a Blocked Sewer Line on My Own?


You absolutely need professional support.

Your Warning Signs

If you notice any of these irregularities, you might be at risk to come home to a house full of sewage.

Multiple Clogs

If multiple toilets or sinks clog often, and with no apparent reason, a blocked sewer line likely is the culprit.

Plumbing Weirdness

Anytime your plumbing behaves in a way that doesn’t make sense, you need to be concerned about a clogged sewer line.

For example, if you run the sink water and your toilet bubbles, you could be experiencing a blocked sewer line.

Drain Stench

If the odor of sewer is coming back out of your drains, the contents could be right behind it. Especially when paired with one of these other warning signs.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to the Rescue

Feeling queasy?

Fair enough.


Don’t be. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we have experience and expertise. And we’re here to help you.

If you notice any of these warning signs, don’t hesitate, get in contact with us now! If you act quickly, we will be able to prevent this sewage-spewing disaster before it ever strikes.

If you want to make sure this waking nightmare will never happen to you, bring our plumbing experts in for a comprehensive protection plan.

We employ several techniques to find and eliminate sewer blockages.

We specialize in:

  • Video inspection of your sewer pipe
  • High pressure water jetting
  • Total sewer line repair and replacement
  • Maintenance plans to ensure your peace-of-mind

A sewer line backup caused by sewer blockage is your worst case scenario, but you can count on Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

Contact Us to eliminate and prevent sewer blockage, forever.

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