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What is a main line stoppage?


Having a main line stoppage means that you’re at risk of ending up with sewage backed up into your home. The main line is the line that runs under your house to the main sewer line in the street. Blockages that develop in this line allow sewage to build up, which can cause it to back up into showers or tubs. Sewage inside your home is a major health hazard. It’s important to know the signs of a main line stoppage and what to do about it.


Signs of a Main Line Stoppage


When you have a blockage in your main line, there are certain signs to be on the lookout for. One of the most common is having the lowest drain in your home, such as your bath or shower, flood when you flush the toilet. You might also hear gurgling sounds from these drains or from your toilet.


Keep in mind that when the main line has a clog or blockage, you’re likely to have problems when you run any water in your home. If the clog is in a secondary line that branches out from the main line, the problems are usually limited to that particular area. For example, a secondary line stoppage might only affect your tub, while the main line stoppage affects all drains and toilets.


Causes of a Main Line Stoppage


You can end up with a main line stoppage when tree roots grow into it and create a blockage. These stoppages can also occur from thicker items that you flush down the toilet, such as paper towels, baby wipes, or feminine products. These items aren’t designed to break up inside pipes the way toilet paper is, which leads to blockages.


What to Do About a Main Line Stoppage


Since this blockage can lead to serious damage and health hazards in your home, you need to take care of it as soon as possible. However, you shouldn’t attempt to handle it on your own.


Clearing a main line stoppage involves dealing with raw sewage, so it is best to leave it to professionals. The plumbing experts at Forrest Anderson know how to safely clear these blockages and have the right tools and equipment to do so. This helps ensure that the stoppage in your main line won’t put you at risk of exposure to sewage.


When you have the professionals from Forrest Anderson come to your home for a main line stoppage, we may use a camera to inspect the line once the blockage is clear. This helps us pinpoint the exact location and cause of the blockage so we can help you prevent it in the future. This saves you time and money.


If you have signs of a main line stoppage in your Phoenix home, contact Forrest Anderson for help. We have the experts and equipment to diagnose the problem and repair it promptly.


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