During your morning shower, water began to pool around your ankles. Then, water began to pool around your ankles during your morning shower. Next, it almost overflowed after you flushed the toilet.

This is the way it usually starts. It is natural to assume that your toilet and shower are both clogged. Your sewer main may be clogged.Water can’t go down so it rises. The location of the obstruction can be determined by where the water is rising. The obstruction in your case is located “downstream” of the connection between your toilet and the main sewer. This indicates that the obstruction is large enough to block two drains.

To pinpoint the problem, our Long Beach Plumbers do not recommend running water through the entire home. Our Plumbers recommend that you turn off the water supply to your home to stop sewage from backing into your drains. Our Long Beach Plumbers can use more advanced methods to locate the obstruction, such as a plumbing video camera inspection.

It is not easy to unclog your sewer main. Although it is not advised to attempt to clear any main sewer lines on your own, these methods can be used to remove the clog using the connecting pipes and rule out a pressure problem.

  • Check your vent: Pressure can block your drains’ ability to drain down your main sewer line if there is an obstruction, such as a dead squirrel. Clear the obstruction to release the pressure. It is worth thinking twice about climbing onto the roof.

How expert plumbers clear a sewer line obstruction

Call your local Long Beach Plumbers if none of these methods work or you don’t want to risk damaging your plumbing system. We will begin by diagnosing the problem. We will tell you what is causing the problem before we start any work. Before we start any work, we’ll agree on a cost.

Our professional Long Beach Plumbers will use one or more of the following methods depending on the situation.

We find obstructions in the main sewer lines more often than we think. These are our sewer repair methods:

  • Hydro Service – Our expert Long Beach Plumbers use pressurized water jets to remove tree roots, debris and any other buildup, such as grease or pipe scale.
  • Pipe Lining: Our Long Beach Plumbers use advanced technology to line the main sewer with a sleeve. This seals off any potential leakage. This seals out moisture from outside pipes that can attract thirsty tree roots. This trenchless sewer repair method is less messy than digging up pipes and is more permanent.
  • Pipe burst: When the sewer line is damaged (e.g. become oval-shaped, or crushed), our plumbers use pipe bursting hydraulics to disassemble the old pipes and install new HDPE pipe. HDPE pipe is non-toxic, chemical- and corrosion-resistant, and it’s also environmentally friendly.
  • Plumbing maintenance: Our Long Beach Plumbers offer regular inspections and drain-cleaning plans to keep household debris from clogging your sewer lines. Our Long Beach Plumbers can also prevent tree roots from getting into your unlined pipes.