Warning Signs That Your Main Sewer Line is Clogged

Most Erie Colorado homeowners don’t give their sewer lines much thought until they experience some type of clog. When you have a sewer drain clog, the water comes back up into the household plumbing system; causing messy, costly damage to your home. It also presents health hazards since raw sewage is toxic.

It is important to recognize the signs of a clogged sewer line to prevent plumbing disasters and health problems. Here are some warning signs that your main sewer line is clogged.

Stinky smell coming from your drains

A sanitary sewer should be air tight. Unless there’s an opening or crack in your sewer lines, you’re not supposed to smell sewer odors. If you can smell sewer gas in or around your Erie home, this could be an indication that there is a crack somewhere in your sewer system.

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles

Toilets that make bubbling or gurgling sound could be an early warning sign of a blockage in your line. Air bubbles may form in your pipes when your sewer line is obstructed. The toilet should be the first place to check for air bubbles since it has the most direct connection with your sewer line.

More than one drain is clogged

A clogged drain doesn’t always indicate a clogged main sewer line. The problem is likely to be isolated to that drain. But if one or more plumbing fixtures are draining slowly or are clogged, there’s a good chance that the problem is in your main Erie sewer line. Bathtub, kitchen sink, toilet, and showers are the usual culprits.

If you notice any of the signs listed above, be sure to have your sewer lines checked and inspected by a professional plumber. Please contact the professionals at Paradigm Plumbing to find out what we can do for you.

How to Get Rid of Drain Odors

Drain Odor Odors coming from Lafayette drains are a common problem in many homes. Food particles, grease and other debris make their way into the drain, which leads to smelly kitchen sink. Although smelly drains are more common in the kitchen, bathroom drains aren’t immune to odor issues. Body oils, soaps and hair go down the drain and cause a smelly shower drain.

Fortunately, smelly Lafayette drains are easy to clean. Knowing how to properly clean your drains will help keep the odor under control.

Here are some tips on how to get rid of that awful smell in your kitchen and bathroom drains and keep it from coming back.

Keep it clean

Take good care of your drain to stop bad odors before they start. It is important to clean and deodorize your drains to prevent clogs and smelly drain problems.

Do not underestimate the power of hot water. Pouring hot water can help clear out junk out of your pipes. This may also be enough to take care of mild drain smells. You can also add a squirt of dish soap for a clean, fresh scent.

Baking soda and vinegar

Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. After a couple of minutes, pour a cup of white vinegar and place a dry cloth or rag over the hole. This will cause the solution to fizz and bubble. Wear a mask if you have one to prevent you from breathing in the fumes. Remove the rag after 30 minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain. You can repeat this step if the odor is still there.

Call a professional

If you still weren’t able to address the problem after trying the methods above, it is possible that you may be dealing with a more serious plumbing problem.

If you’re not comfortable dealing with it or you’re not sure what the problem is, you may want to consider calling a Lafayette plumbing professional like those at Paradigm Plumbing to sniff out the problem.

Tips for Unblocking Any Clogged Drain


A clogged drain is a common problem in most homes in Lafayette. We all know the mess and inconvenience that accompany a clogged drain. Water drains slowly and it creates a strange, unpleasant odor. Be sure you act fast or you’ll end up dealing with a more serious problem.

With the right tools and techniques, you can easily remove current clogs and prevent them coming back. Use these tips to unclog any drain as quickly as possible.

Use a plunger

A plunger may be all you need to unplug stopped-up drains. Plunge the drain up and down until the water begins to drain. If you don’t have standing water in the tub or sink, fill it partially with water to help the plunger get better suction. The added pressure from the water will help force open the clog.

Vinegar and baking soda

The next time you encounter a clogged drain, you don’t have to pour a bottle of hazardous chemicals down the drain. You can use some common household ingredients to address the problem. In this case, vinegar and baking soda may help.

Pour ½ cup of baking soda, and then ½ cup of white vinegar. No mixing is needed before pouring down the drain. The mixture will foam up and will eat away anything that is clogging the drain.

Salt and baking soda

If you think the slow drain is caused by grease, try pouring ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of salt down the drain, followed by boiling water. Leave it overnight. The baking soda, salt and boiling water will create a chemical reaction that will help dissolve the blockage.

While most clogs do not require the services of a Lafayette plumber, it shouldn’t be ruled out. Be sure to call a plumber if you can’t seem to clear the clog after a few attempts.