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If your home receives water from a municipal source, then you have a water main that delivers fresh water into the home. You can identify this by finding your home’s water meter, which records the incoming flow of water for accurate billing at the end of each month. A main water supply line ranges in size from 1/2” to up to 1 1/2” in diameter, with larger water mains in homes with increased water requirements, such as multiple water heaters or bathing systems.

A main sewer line is the plumbing line that channels all of the waste from toilets, tubs, and sinks out of your home, toward the main sewer under the street in front of your home.

Main sewer lines can become clogged just like the discharge lines in your home. One way to tell if your main line is clogged is if there is a noticeable sewer smell emanating from your drains.

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Water mains incorporate a shutoff valve as well as a water meter.

This shut-off valve can be crucial during a serious plumbing emergency, as it stops the flow of all water into your home’s plumbing system.

If you develop a serious leak or other water problem, the shut-off valve can prevent flooding, water damage, and water waste. Your shut-off valve is usually located in the garage, basement, crawl space, or in a valve box outside the house. Make sure the valve is easily accessible and in good working order to save you time, money and stop water damage.


A water main line should never be any trouble, but age could affect the water line’s integrity. By having regular plumbing inspections done, small issues can be caught before they can cause significant damage in the future.


Most homes have a “Sewer Main Clean Out” which is a small portion of the sewer line that can be accessed by unscrewing the cap. If the sewer line becomes clogged, it’s much easier to clear the blockage via the clean-out. These lines are usually connected to a city’s sewer system and are usually located beneath the street. Typically, a sewer line is four to six inches in diameter and sloped downwards to promote the flow of water away from your home and into your city’s sewer.


Even though these lines are 4-6 inches wide, they are not particularly large, and can easily develop buildup and clogs over time, depending on your home’s water usage, and how much care is used in disposing of items in the toilets and drain lines. Clogged sewer lines typically affect your toilets first, as these fixtures drain most directly into the municipal sewer line. Small clogs can cause the drains in your home to act strangely or drain slowly while big clogs could cause wastewater to back up into your home, leading to serious water damage while also exposing your family to potential health risks.

Professional plumbers should always address sewer line clogs because in many cases, hydro jetting equipment can clear out clogs and allow your plumber to evaluate the condition of the line using camera inspection technology. Your plumber may offer trench-less pipe repairs to restore the line’s integrity while maintaining your beautiful landscaping if the sewer line has been compromised.

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Another telltale sign that you have a sewer line leak problem is the grass on your lawn will be greener and thicker where the breach is.

Tree roots can break your sewer lines – The biggest threat to your sewer line is tree roots.

Before planting trees, find out where your sewer line is located and plant only sewer-safe trees in this area of your yard and you can reduce the risk of tree root damage to your sewer line. Tree roots are strong and if there is a hairline crack in your sewer line, the roots can go right through the pipe while in search of water to quench their thirst.

If you suspect you have a water main or sewer main problem, call Garrett Mechanical Today!
Call 678-506-8880