Drain & Sewer Repair

Main Sewer Line Problems – Symptoms & Causes

Do you think you might have a problem with your main sewer line? Are any of the following occurring in your home?

  • Are more than one of the drains in your home draining slower than normal?
  • Is there a sludgy mess in your backyard?
  • Do you have standing water in your basement?
  • Is there a bad or foul odor in your home?

If you can any of the above is true, then it is likely that you have something wrong with your drain and main sewer system in your home.  This is a potentially a major problem that can lead to major issues in your home and should be addressed immediately.

main sewer line and pipe networkEven though this is an extreme home problem, there might be a variety of solutions available to you and that is why you should call Apollo Home.  We provide expert drainage and sewer repair services, pinpointing problems and fixing them quickly, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per yearGive us a call at 513-268-8400 and let us send one of our trained and licensed drain specialists to your home.  We can often arrive at your home within one hour of your emergency phone call.

Symptoms of Drainage & Sewer Problems

Before you make an assumption about what problem might be going on in your home, it is important to understand what are typical symptoms of main sewer problem.  As you can see by the diagram below, your home’s plumbing system is a series of interconnected fixtures, appliances, and pipes.  Your home’s sewer system is the lowest level of water flow in your home.  An overflow of the sewer system can cause water to flow backwards into your home’s basement or lower level causing water damage and other issues.

Sewer line problems are usually caused by a clog or blockage in your sewer line. Most of the time, however, you will not notice standing water in your basement.

Symptom #1 – More than one drain in your home is experiencing a slowdown. In fact, most clogged sewer lines do not present clear symptoms for weeks, until the clog has become so bad that drains actually stop flushing properly.  If you do notice that more than one of the drains in your home is experiencing a slow down – you may have a sewer line problem.

Symptom #2 – Soggy or squishy ground in your background.  A second symptom to watch for is suddenly soggy or squishy ground in your backyard, especially if it is not raining and you do not have an irrigation system. This is a sure sign that your sewer line is leaking and pouring water into the surrounding ground soil.

Symptom #3 – Small leaks or standing water in your basement.  You may notice small leaks or standing water in your basement. These are usually due to leaks within the drainage structure between the end drains and your sewer lines.  You may also see standing water in your basement drain just beneath the grate or slightly overflowing out of the grate.  Once again, this is a sign that you sewer drain is not flowing properly.

Symptom #4 – Bad odors in your home.  Sewer problems rarely, if ever, result in bad odors in your home. However, you might notice an acute smell in one location or as a general odor throughout your home which might indicate you may have a problem in one of your drains. Drains are normally designed to stop sewer gasses from returning to your home through the use of traps and air vacuums. Severe clogs and leaks can negate this precaution and put your family at risk. If you notice a foul odor, call Apollo Home immediately for emergency drain service.

Causes of Main Sewer Problems

There a several possible causes of blockages of main sewer lines including:

  • Tree roots
  • Foreign objects in your pipe
  • Partially or fully collapsed pipes
  • Pipe misalignment often caused by a tree root
  • Pipe belly


It is important to understand that once a sewer pipe starts to become blocked, the blockage and damage to the pipes can increase with time.  That is why it is important to address a main sewer problem as soon as possible.


Call Us for Emergency Drain Service

If you notice that your sewer line is leaking slightly or think that a blockage is starting to form, call us as soon as possible.  Your entire home’s plumbing service is linked to your sewer line and it is extremely important to keep it running smoothly day after day.

If a repair is needed, every second counts. A backup of a sewer system can cause much damage to your home.  If the blockage can be cleared via a small repair or routine maintenance, then this is not only less expensive but less disruptive to your family’s life.  If your sewer line gets to the point of needing replacement or large-scale repairs, it can mean days or weeks of being displaced from your home as the work is done.

If you have an emergency drain problem, we can often arrive at your home within one hour of your phone call.

Apollo Home has been helping Cincinnati area homeowners in the tristate area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana pinpoint and solve their sewer and drainage and sewer problems.

Call us today at 513-268-8400, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, and let us get a drain and sewer specialist to your home.

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