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DIY Sewer Line Clearing

Every drain, whether it’s in a sink, shower, or toilet, connects to the sewer lines that run out of your house. These are known as lateral lines and lead to sewage mains or a mainline.

If your sewer requires to be cleaned, you will notice it. Strange noises and sluggish flushing drains are all indicators that your sewage system needs servicing. Not every problem necessitates the involvement of a plumber, however, there are things you can do yourself to manage a large number of issues.

Can I Clear my Own Drain?

 You might consider cleaning your own sewage pipe. Take precautions when using any technique since it might unintentionally exacerbate the problem. There are several strategies to try, depending on the type of blockage you have and where it’s located.


Residential DIY Sewer Line cleaning.

Mix baking soda and vinegar in the ratio of 1:2 and add the mixture in 60 gallons of water. Use the plunger or drain snake as you pour the water into the drain. If you are wondering how to unclog main sewer line, the pressure of the water will dislodge the debris easily.  60 gallons is a lot of water, so you may need to use a garden hose.


Accessing through the main sewer line cap.

The first step is to find your main drain cleanout location. This is a pipe that’s usually located near the ground and has a cap on it.  Remove the cap, allow the build-up to drain.  Once you remove the cleanout cap, step away quickly.  **The gases created from raw sewage can be dangerous.

If there is significant build-up in the line,

  • insert the snake into Pipe.
  • Run the tool (snake) until the clog has cleared.
  • Make sure to have a bucket handy to catch any debris that comes out of the line so you can properly dispose of it later.
  • Clean Up.
  • Replace the cap when finished and sanitize your hands well with soap and water.



Another method to consider:

 Boiling water -Fill a large soup pot with as much water as possible and bring to a boil. Allow the water to percolate slowly while CAREFULLY pouring it into the drain on occasion. The hot water will eliminate any remaining grease and grime, allowing it to flow through freely.  Being you are pouring it down a drain, this may help unblock your sewer line


You did your best but….

 If these tips don’t work or if you are uncomfortable doing the job yourself, call a plumbing professional, call C&M Plumbing.  Blocked sewer pipes can be a serious issue and should not be ignored.  Cleaning sewer pipes is an important part of home ownership – make sure you know how to do it before something goes wrong!