When you have one drain in your home that is draining slowly, you might have a small clog that is easy to fix. If more than one drain is having problems, this can indicate a much bigger problem with your plumbing system. While at home remedies might work in the short term, when you have more than one drain that is going slow in your home, you have some form of a blockage in your main sewer line leading out of your home. Left untreated, this blockage can wreak havoc within your home, causing water and sewage to back up into your home through any available drain.
Drain Cleaners and Plumbing Snakes
You can purchase a chemical drain cleaner or two and give it a try to see if your drain begins to work more efficiently. You can also try unclogging the drain with a plumbing snake. While these two types of do-it-yourself remedies can work on any blockages that are at the specific drain you are treating, you aren't going to be able to reach the main sewer line using a small bottle of chemical drain cleaner or a snake. If either of these works to clear your drain, you don't have a problem with the main sewer line. If problems persist, it's time to call in a professional plumber to assess the problem.
Tree Roots are a Main Cause of Sewer Line Blockages
The reason simple drain cleaners don't work on your main sewer line is that by the time they travel through your plumbing system to the main sewer line, they are extremely diluted. They aren't meant to take care of big tree roots, but can be effective if there is only a small blockage. When tree roots are the issue, a professional plumber will use equipment to grind up the roots and unblock your main sewer line. This is difficult to do with any amateur products that you will be able to find at a home improvement store.
Leaving Partial Blockages Untreated
When you ignore partial blockages in your main sewer line, they are only going to get bigger. Waste products will get caught by any tree roots that are blocking the sewer line, and eventually, you will have a complete blockage of your sewage system. This can result in sewage backing up forcefully into your home, coming out of drains and making a giant mess. If you believe you have a plumbing problem that encompasses more than one drain, it's time to call in a professional.