Imagine this scenario: you’re dealing with a severely clogged sewer line, and your trusty plunger is no longer doing the trick. Your home is starting to smell like raw sewage, and you’re at your wit’s end. You start to wonder—could my sewer line unclog itself? What kind of miracle plumbing issue would that be?
The good news is that, yes, a sewer line can unclog itself in some cases—but it depends on what caused the blockage in the first place.
A bit of patience can save you a call to the plumber.
If the sewer line was blocked by something easily movable or dissolvable (think tissues or hair), then it could theoretically work its way out of the drain over time as water continues to flow through it. This process can take anywhere from several hours to several days, so patience is key here.
If any of the following occurs, it’s time to give your local plumber a call.
On the other hand, if something more solid caused the blockage (like tree roots, a broken pipe, or a toy that got flushed down by an unsuspecting toddler), then chances are it will remain stuck until someone physically removes it.
In these cases, your best bet is to call in a professional who can use specialized tools to locate and dislodge whatever has become lodged in your pipes. Professional plumbers have seen all manner of blockages in their years of service, so they’ll be able to quickly identify and address any issue that arises.
If you’re scratching your head over what might have clogged your sewer line, here’s something you can try.
But what about those times when you just don’t know what caused the blockage in the first place? In this situation, it may be possible for you to attempt to clear out the clog yourself using household items like baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour 1/2 cup baking soda down each drain followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. Give this combination 30 minutes or so before flushing with hot water—it may help break up any build-up that has been causing problems within your pipes!
In summary, yes, a sewer line can unclog itself given the right circumstances. However, if the blockage is more substantial or you aren’t able to identify the cause of it yourself, then your best bet is to call in a professional who can help. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with potential plumbing issues.
Don’t wait too long—the longer you let the issue go on, the worse it will become!
A collapsed or clogged sewer line doesn’t have to stop you. Guardian Plumbers will take care of the problem just as quickly, if not quicker. Not only do we unclog sewage lines, but our plumbing experts will also offer repair options that fit your budget—all while keeping at the forefront of their minds that you should be pleased with the outcome of repairs.