How to Clear a Main Sewer Line Clog in Phoenix

how to clear a main sewer line clog

Plumbing problems can be one of the most frustrating experiences that you will have to deal with as a homeowner. While all plumbing problems can be aggravating, there is no issue more infuriating than having a clog in your main sewer line. When the main sewer line from your home is clogged, it can lead to sewage backing up in your home and extensive damage to your plumbing system.

If you suspect that your sewer line is clogged, then it’s important that you learn about some possible fixes. Learn how to clear a main sewer line clog and find out why this task might require that you hire a professional plumbing service in Phoenix.


Snake Your Sewer Line

Fortunately, when your main sewer line is clogged, it may not be a dire situation if the clog is partial. With a partial clog, you will notice a few sewer issues like slow draining or a noise that sounds like coffee percolating coming from your plumbing. If you suspect a partial clog, the most effective solution is to snake your main sewer line.

When you snake your sewer line, you will need to use a sewer snake, which is also known as a sewer auger. You will insert the snake into your cleanout and feed it down the sewer line until it reaches the clog. Once the snake has captured the clog, you will pull it out and close your cleanout.


Jet Your Sewer Line

Occasionally, main sewer line clogs will become so thick and hardened that they cannot be removed by a sewer auger. If you’ve tried snaking your drain without success, then you will need to a more intense method of cleaning, such as using a hydro-jet.

When you jet your main sewer line, you are using a special high-pressure hose that has a nozzle capable of attaching to your sewer cleanout. The nozzle will be attached to your cleanout and a pressurized stream of water will be projected into your sewer line, hopefully dislodging your clog. Hydro-jetting is so powerful that it can often be used to remove tree roots that have infiltrated your sewer line.

However, because the water is so pressurized, hydro-jetting can be very dangerous, meaning this task should always be handled by a Phoenix plumbing company.


Replace the Blocked Line

For the toughest sewer line clogs, it’s possible that neither snaking or hydro-jetting will be effective. In these circumstances, you may need to consider removing the section of pipe that is clogged. Understandably, most homeowners wish to avoid this solution because it is a time consuming, disruptive process. However, removing the clogged pipe may be your only recourse.

When you replace a clogged pipe section, your main sewer line will be dug up and the clogged section will be identified. Next, it will be removed and replaced with new piping. Lastly, your pipe will be re-buried and your water will be turned back on.


Unclogging a main sewer line can be very difficult if you don’t have plumbing experience, which is why you should be sure to hire a sewer repair company in Phoenix. A knowledgeable repair company will be able to locate your clog and decide on the best removal method.

About the Author

Chris Hays

Founder of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

Chris and Stacia Hays, are the founders of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact Hays today.