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A Guide to Unclogging a Main Sewer Line

A Guide to Unclogging a Main Sewer Line

A clogged main sewer line can lead to wastewater backing into your home. This can cause the need for expensive repairs and water remediation in your home. If you have a clog in the main sewer line, your first thought is probably to call a plumber. However, getting a plumber out can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there is something that you can do. You can try to unclog the main sewer line yourself. Unclogging the main sewer line, yourself allows you to save money and time.

Tools That You Will Need

Here are the tools that you want to have with you when unclogging your main sewer line.

  • Pipe wrench. This tool will be used to help get the drainpipe cap off and then back on.
  • Garden hose. The garden hose will help clean the auger and the drain line.
  • Professional grade auger. An auger can be rented to help if you do not have one. If you need an auger, give ProStar Rentals a visit to rent one.
  • Heavy-duty work gloves. Gloves will help to protect your hands from wastewater.

How to Clean out the Main Sewer Line

Step 1

Look for the drainpipe for the main sewer on the outside of your home. Once you have located the drainpipe, loosen the cap. You may have to use a pipe wrench for this. Be sure to have your gloves on during this entire process.

Step 2

Remove the cap and allow for drainage. Once you have loosened the cap, you will want to stay out of the way. There may be wastewater that has built up around the main line that will need to evacuate. Let the wastewater evacuate entirely before you attempt to fix it.

Step 3

Feed the auger down into the main drain line. Ensure that you follow all the instructions that came with the auger to make sure that you are using it correctly. Feed the auger down the drain until you feel the clog.

Step 4

You will want to keep running the auger until you feel that the clog is clear. Make sure you run it long enough to ensure that no debris remains.

Step 5​

Take your water hose and wash down the pipe as well as the auger. This will serve to clean the auger and remove any debris left over from the clog.

Step 6

While you are finishing up cleaning the main drain, start to pull your auger up. Once you have done so, make sure that you place the drainpipe cap back on, and tighten with your pipe wrench.

Doing these steps will help you to clear your main drain line. If you try this and are unable to get the clog out, you should call your local plumbing professional.

By Pro Star Rental 11-24-2020